Cricket: West Indies win first match in Champions Trophy vs. Pakistan

Pakistan v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval

West Indies prevail in low-scoring thriller

June 7, 2013  Comments:  |  Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies 172 for 8 (Gayle 39, Samuels 30, Irfan 3-32) beat Pakistan 170 (Misbah 96*, Jamshed 50, Roach 3-28) by two wickets

Chris Gayle swings and misses, West Indies v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval, June 7, 2013

Chris Gayle was flummoxed by a Saeed Ajmal doosra © Getty Images
Matches: Pakistan v West Indies at The Oval

Series/Tournaments: ICC Champions Trophy
Teams: Pakistan | West Indies

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Whatever your persuasion when it comes to one-day cricket the Champions Trophy looks set to offer something for everyone. After the high-scoring opening match in Cardiff, there was a low-scoring nail-biter at The Oval with West Indies surviving major problems against Pakistan’s pace and spin combination to secure a priceless two-wicket victory.

Amid a passionate, excitable crowd, dominated by Pakistan support – this arguably is the closest they will get to a home crowd given their current situation – West Indies, who themselves used to have the vast support at The Oval in the 1970s and 1980s, threatened to throw away their outstanding work in the field with a nervous batting display.    

They eventually limped over the line with Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach at the crease: a wicketkeeper and a pace bowler, as it was in the darkness in 2004

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