St Lucia: The series touted as the battle of equals is poised for a close finish as the fifth and last one-dayer gives Pakistan a chance to seal the deal while West Indies need a win to draw level here on Wednesday.
Pakistan lead the series 2-1 with the third ODI being a tied affair. After put in to bat in the fourth match, West Indies scored 261 but rain came down to give Pakistan a revised target of 189 in 31 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez (59) and Misbah-ul-Haq starred with the bat to clinch six-wicket win for Pakistan with a over to spare. But now Pakistan have to start afresh as West Indies being an unpredictable team can level the series.
After being shambolic with the bat in the first two matches, West Indies batsmen got their lost touch back especially Marlon Samuels with a brilliant unbeaten century. Lendl Simmons has also been among the runs but Chris Gayle's form is a concern. The dashing left-hander was pushed down the order as Devon Smith opened with Johnson Charles.
West Indies considering the importance of the final match would bring back Gayle to his usual spot in the batting order but would also expect him to fire. The bowling looks in good shape with Kemar Roach, Jason Holder and Sunil Narine striking consistently with the ball.
Coming to Pakistan, definitely they have been the better team but they can't afford to relax when they are so near to a series triumph. Misbah-ul-Haq has led from the front whenever the team is in disarray with players like Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi rising up to the occasion.
Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal will hold key to the tourist's bowling; moreover they have hardly erred in this series. This series provides both the teams a chance to redeem themselves after some despicable performances in the last months.
West Indies: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Devon Smith, 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Jason Holder.
Pakistan: 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Shahid Afridi, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Haris Sohail, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan.