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WI seek final win for pride
ST JOHN'S --- West Indies will be hop-
ing to stop their current rut when they
take on England in the final of three one
day internationals in Barbados on Thurs-
day, having surrendered the title when
they lost to the visitors by four wickets
Joe Root compiled an unbeaten 90 while
all-rounder Chris Woakes hit an undefeat-
ed 68 as England wrapped up the series in
the second ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards
Cricket Ground in Jamaica.
Responding to the West Indies' 225 all
out off 47.5 overs after they chose to bat
first, the tourists reached 226 for six off
48.2 overs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead.
England, who won the first match by a
comfortable margin of 45 runs, were cruis-
ing on the back of opening batsman Jason
Roy's belligerent half-century at 108 for
two in the 21st over.
But the spinners pulled the West Indies
back, triggering a slide which saw four
England wickets tumbling for 16 runs.
Ashley Nurse returned best-ever figures
of three for 34, while Devendra Bishoo
claimed two for 43.
However, with fast bowler Shannon
Gabriel unavailable after an opening three-
over spell due to a side strain, captain Jason
Holder resorted to part-time spinners.
Woakes was missed at long on by sub-
stitute fielder Rovman Powell off Carlos
Brathwaite in what was the West Indies'
last real chance of staying in the game and
squaring the series. He was dropped again
by Holder at mid-off off Kraigg Brathwaite
in the 47th over, by which time England
were on the verge of victory.
Seamer Liam Plunkett played a key role
in stifling West Indies' quest to accelerate
on a bright morning. He removed top scor-
er Jason Mohammed (50) and Jonathan
Carter (39) before adding the scalp of Nurse
to finish with three for 32.
Leg spinner Adil Rashid accounted for
dangerous big-hitters Holder and Carlos
"We need to seize the opportunities that
come our way. We keep losing too many
wickets to poor shots at the top," Holder
Root, Woakes steer England to series win
Pakistan to play 2 additional T20s on Caribbean tour
ST JOHN'S --- Two Twenty20
Internationals have been added
to Pakistan's tour of the Carib-
bean later this year, with the two
sides now set to face off in four-
Kensington Oval in Barbados
will host the first T20 on March
26, with the Queen's Park Oval in
Port-of-Spain now hosting three
games instead of two, on March
30 and April 1 and 2.
"Twenty20 is an exciting format
and this is another opportunity
for our fans to indulge in the thrill-
ing atmosphere that surrounds
these matches," said Cricket Oper-
ations Manager Roland Holder.
"We look forward to fans in
Barbados and Trinidad coming out
and cheering our team on to vic-
The additions to the itinerary
comes after the West Indies Crick-
et Board (WICB) snubbed an offer
from the Pakistan Cricket Board
to play a two-match T20 series in
Pakistan later this month.
Pakistan had also been invited
by the WICB to play a similar
series in Florida at month end.
Outside of the amended T20
series, the remainder of the tour
remains unchanged with three
One-Day Internationals in Guyana
from April 7-11 and three Tests
--- carded for Jamaica, Barbados
and Dominica --- from April 22 to
Last year West Indies played
Pakistan in a full tour in the Unit-
ed Arab Emirates. They suffered
3-0 clean sweeps in the T20 and
ODI series and lost the Test series
Sammy happy he played in PSL final
Darren Sammy, the Peshawar Zalmi cap-
tain, was one of nine overseas players who
travelled to Lahore for the PSL final despite
the security threat and his reason for doing
so was to "bring back the smiles" on the
faces of the fans.
Pakistan has hosted only one series of
international cricket since the 2009 attacks
on the Sri Lanka team and even then there
had been the issue of a bombing on the edge
of the security perimeter. Moreover, leading
up to Sunday's match, there had been wor-
risome incidents across the country, includ-
ing one in Lahore's own Defence Housing
Authority. A blast had killed at least 10 peo-
ple and left a dozen injured.
Pakistan did their best to mitigate the sit-
uation. The government's paramilitary force
was deployed at Gaddafi stadium and the
Rangers only made up one part of at least
10,000 security personal, which also includ-
ed the Punjab police.
Sammy was one of four first-choice over-
seas players for Peshawar to still make the
trip, along with West Indies teammate Mar-
lon Samuels and England's Chris Jordan and
Quetta, however, lost a major part of the
reason they made the final in the first place,
when Kevin Pietersen, Tymal Mills, Rilee
Rossouw, Luke Wright and Nathan McCullum
had pulled out of the match. They had to
make do with last-minute changes, bringing
in Bangladesh's Anamul Haque, South Afri-
ca's Morne van Wyk, Zimbabwe's Sean Ervine
and West Indies' Rayad Emrit.
The final was played with more than 22,000
people in attendance, who had assembled
outside the ground in the afternoon in order
to get through three layers of security before
reaching their seats. And with Shahid Afri-
di out injured, Sammy was the one they
cheered for the most.
"To me it was more than just a game," he
said after Peshawar won the second edition
of the PSL.
"It started with the draft. Lala (Afridi)
made the big announcement that I would be
the captain and one of our mottos was to
bring back the smiles so I felt tonight I brought
a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar. It is
an amazing day and this trophy means a lot."
The Federation of International Cricketers'
Association, in January, had warned that
safety for the PSL final in Lahore could not
be guaranteed and it wasn't until 24 hours
before the match that the foreign players
taking part in it were confirmed.
"When you have not been in a place you
always have your doubts," Sammy said.
"You get different views, different opinions.
But I spoke to Javed (Afridi, the Peshawar
team owner) and Shahid Afridi and they
influenced my decision to come here. All the
boys just made the decision that we are part
of something that we are coming down here
for a good cause. The fans here deserve to
see their players playing as they haven't seen
it for quite a while. I am glad I came here.
"I have enjoyed playing a cricket match
(in Lahore) and I have even enjoyed being
with the security guys as I have never seen
something like this before so it was a good
experience. It is hopefully a step in the right
direction, where things could happen. What
I can say is that being here felt like playing
in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere
else in the world. And like I said at the toss,
today I felt cricket was the winner."
The PCB had invited security advisors from
the ICC and its member countries to watch
the PSL final. Reports suggest they are keen
to invite Bangladesh to tour Pakistan some-
time in the future.
Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy poses with Peshawar Zalmi teammates after they won the Pakistan Super League final on Sunday
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