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Basit backs Pakistan
to rebound from defeat
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan---Basit Ali
said he still favours Pakistan to
win their ongoing Test series
against West Indies, although
they suffered a huge setback fol-
lowing their defeat in Barbados.
The former Pakistan batsman,
now chairman of the Pakistan junior
selection panel, said the 106-run de-
feat at Kensington Oval in the second
Test which ended on Thursday was
a wake-up call for the side and they
will now have to rebound strongly
for a historic victory.
The Pakistanis came on the tour
with the strong expectation of win-
ning a Test series on Caribbean soil
for the first time, but the Windies
drew level 1-1 in the three-match
rubber in Barbados after they lost
the first Test by seven wickets at
Sabina Park in Jamaica, making
the third and final Test, starting
on Wednesday at Windsor Park in
Dominica, the decider.
"I am sure, Misbah-ul-Haq and
team management will learn from
their mistakes and enter the series
decider with a positive frame of
mind," said Basit.
"Pakistan should enter the third
Test with all guns blazing and win
the series for the sake of Misbah to
pay tribute to one of the highly suc-
cessful captains Pakistan cricket has
He added: "I seriously feel that
the toss holds the key in determining
the outcome of a Test match in the
West Indies. The team, which wins
the toss, I feel, it has bright chances
of winning the Test matches.
"It was [the] batsmen, who were at
fault [in the second Test] and allowed
the West Indian bowlers too much
liberty and respect. Otherwise, Pa-
kistan could have chased down the
target, but the pitch also played a
significant role and helped the West
Indies bowlers a lot."
Basit also said critics should with-
hold their condemnation about the
team selection, following the team
management's decision to introduce
young leg-spinner Shadab Khan in
"I feel Shadab is extremely un-
lucky not to take at least four or
more wickets, as the pitch was ide-
ally supportive of his bowling," said
Basit. "Probably, he had put a lot of
pressure on himself, otherwise, he
was bound to succeed.
"The bounce on West Indian
pitches is uneven and it will take
extra effort for the batsmen to spend
time at the crease and spinners are
bound to dominate, unlike the pitch-
es of the 1990s, when the West Indi-
an fast bowling greats use to rip apart
the world's best batsmen."
"Only those bowlers, who use
seam to the best of their abilities,
succeed in bagging wickets in the
Caribbean, otherwise, only spinners
can take huge advantage. I must give
credit to Misbah for taking bold and
wise decisions, even though his de-
cision of including Shadab may have
Rampaul helps Surrey win
LONDON---West Indies fast
bowler Ravi Rampaul snatched
a four-wicket haul to help fire
English county Surrey to a sev-
en-wicket victory over Middle-
sex in the Royal London One-
Day Cup on Friday.
Sent in at the Oval, Middlesex
were limited to 243 for nine from
their 50 overs, with right-armer
Rampaul finishing with four for
40 from his 10 overs.
Wicketkeeper John Simpson top-
scored with 75 from 83 deliveries
while opener Nick Gubbins chipped
in with 65 from 86 balls before be-
coming Rampaul's second victim in
the 30th over at 137 for four.
In reply, Surrey overhauled
their target in the 46th over, with
Rory Burns top-scoring with an
unbeaten 67 in an unbroken 117-
run, fourth wicket stand with Ben
Foakes who struck 55 not out.
Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakka-
ra chipped in with 59.
At St Lawrence Ground, Barbadi-
an seamer Jodra Archer continued
to impress as his Sussex produced
a fine run chase to beat Kent by six
The 22-year-old claimed three
for 54 from 10 overs to help restrict
Kent to 331 for seven off their 50
overs, after they were sent in.
Opener Daniel Bell-Drummond,
whose parents are Jamaican,
smashed a run-a-ball 138 while
Alex Blake unfurled a cameo 76
off 43 deliveries down the order.
West Indies fast bowler Jerome
Taylor, in his second game for Sus-
sex, found the going tough and fin-
ished with one for 69 from his 10
In reply, Laurie Evans struck a
magnificent unbeaten 134 from
86 deliveries to propel Sussex to
their target with 13 balls remain-
Pollard drive Mumbai
DELHI, India---Compatriots Lendl
Simmons and Kieron Powell ac-
cepted individual challenges and
hit explosive half-centuries to
propel Mumbai Indians into the
playoffs of the Indian Premier
League following a commanding,
record 146-run victory over Delhi
Simmons, playing his first match
of the tournament, hit 66 from 43
balls and fellow T&T and West Indies
batsman Kieron Pollard, promoted to
No.3, smote 63 not out from 35 balls,
as the Indians posted 212 for three
from their allocation of 20 overs,
after they were put in to bat at the
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
The Daredevils, whose line-up in-
cluded West Indies batsman Marlon
Samuels, who was dismissed for one,
surrendered without even as much
as a whimper, updating their lowest
IPL total for the second time in the
space of six days.
They were five down in the chase
before the Power Play was done and
bowled out for their lowest IPL total
of 66 in 13.4 overs two nights after
achieving the second highest run
chase to lose by an IPL record margin.
Karun Nair hit the top score of 21
for the Daredevils, but no other bats-
man reached 20, as leg-spinner Karn
Sharma took 3-11 from 3.4 overs, dis-
carded India international off-spin-
ner Harbhajan Singh grabbed 3-22
from four overs and Sri Lanka fast
bowler Lasith Malinga captured 2-5
from two overs to undermine their
Kieron Pollard: 63 not out from
Earlier, Simmons, later named
Player-of-the-Match, and Pollard
both struck five fours and four six-
es to be the rocks upon which the
Indians built their total.
"I think I've been practicing hard,"
said Simmons. "I've been hitting the
gym, keeping my fitness up, waiting
for the opportunity. It came [in this
match] and I took it with both hands.
I'm good as a replacement player, it's
been good for me.
"Batting in the Powerplay and
with Parthiv Patel is always good. My
game plan is to see off the first two
overs and then back my shots. At first
it was a bit slow, but dew came on,
and then the shots were easy to play.
"Batting with Pollard is good. We
are accustomed playing together.
We didn't have a total in mind, we
just had a mind towards keeping the
run-rate up and not losing wickets
at crucial times."
Simmons dominated an opening
stand of 79 with Patel which rattled
on at better than nine runs an over,
but Patel was stumped off India in-
ternational leg-spinner Amit Mishra
in the ninth over before the West In-
dian was caught at backward square
leg by Samuels off New Zealander
Corey Anderson in the 13th over.
Mumbai were 112 for two, but Pol-
lard ensured the Daredevils would
chase a total in excess of 200 with
some memorable power-hitting
down the stretch. (CMC)
Lendl Simmons raises his bat after notching up 66 of 43 balls against the Delhi Daredevils to helped the Mumbai
Indians to victory in Delhi, India yesterday. PHOTO: BCCI
West Indies bowler Ravi Rampaul in
action. PHOTO: EMMANUEL DUNAND
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