The 5th and final ODI of the Pakistan tour to the West Indies will be played on Wednesday at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia. Pakistan currently lead the 5 match series 2-1, with one game ending in a tie. Both sides will thus have all to play for, although the best result the West Indies can hope for is a series tie of 2-2.
The main positive coming from the tour to date will be the performances of Umar Akmal, who has done an excellent job behind the stumps as well as with the bat. His current average for the tour is 69, but more impressive is the strike rate of 106. Most of the runs were scored under pressure, which also shows that he has matured well as a cricketer in general. Together with Misbah-ul-Haq, they’ve done the bulk of the run scoring for their side, Mishab currently averaging 65 for the tour. Shahid Afridi has done a good job with the ball, and is currently the top wicket taker for his side, he will however look to add more value with the bat, scoring 76 of his 89 runs on tour in one innings.
The home side seems to be in dire straits at present. Without a in-form Chris Gayle at the top of the order, the whole team seems to suffer. As suggested by many he was moved down the order, away from the new ball, and managed to score 30 from 46 balls, and certainly looked to be in better form. They will certainly continue with the tactic, hoping that Gayle can perhaps bat through, and produce his devastating hitting towards the end of the innings, during the power play overs. Devon Smith replaced a lack luster looking Kieron Pollard last time out, who also failed with the bat.