Pakistan have taken a crucial 2-1 lead after defeating West Indies in a rain-affected Fourth ODI at St Lucia. Marlon Samuels’ 5th ODI ton went in vain as Pakistan chased down a revised target of 189 with am over to spare.
The virtual Quarter-Final between South Africa and West Indies survived a rain abandonment threat to end up in an unexpected tie. South Africa who were stunned by the D/L Method to exit from the 2003 World Cup at home had their fortunes reversed at Cardiff.
West Indies ended their tour of Bangladesh with an 18-run win in the Only T20I at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mipur. The defending World T20 Champions went onto win by that margin despite the Bangladeshis losing only one wicket and getting a strong show from its top three batsmen in the run chase.
Marlon Samuels’ century today at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur helped West Indies stay alive in the 5-match ODI Series. The visitors defeated Bangladesh by 4 wickets in today’s day/night affair to stop the hosts from taking an unassailable lead of 3-0.
Marlon Samuels’ 260, completed on the third day of the second test against Bangladesh, is his third century for 2012. The Jamaican made his debut in December, 2000 against Australia as a precocious 19 year old, and prior this year played in 37 tests, yet had only two hundreds to his name.
For a man who has been so often been guilty of not performing to potential, and even had to face the embarrassment of a ban following his involvement in match-fixing related activities, Marlon Samuels’ sensational knock in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday was the culmination of his redemption in international cricket.