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Last Modified: 23 Sep 2009 20:50 GMT

Chadwick Walton takes the long walk as Pakistan take control [GALLO/GETTY]

Pakistan made hard work of a five-wicket win over the West Indies at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

After punching out a second-string West Indies for 133 inside 35 overs, Pakistan sealed the first Champions Trophy Group A result in 31 overs at 134-5.

Pakistan made hard work of chasing the modest target when both openers were back in the changing room for 5 each.

Tonge lashing

Imran Nazir lost his middle stump to a peach of a delivery from on-fire Gavin Tonge, who then forced Kamran Akmal to nick a ball into the gloves of wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton trying to cut a short-pitched rising delivery at 21-2.

Tonge should have had his third wicket, the prize of master batsman Mohammad Yousuf, but second slip Darren Sammy put down the chance.

At 35-2, Pakistan needed just 99 from the remaining 40 overs.

West Indies opted to use their second bowling power play from overs 10 to 15 to force the breakthrough, and it paid dividends, as Tonge had Shoaib Malik edging another full-pitched ball to be caught behind for 23 off 29 balls.

The same combination struck for the third time when the dangerous Yousuf was a trifle unlucky to be given out caught behind down the leg side for 23 when it appeared the ball had come off his thigh pad and not his bat.

Scorecard

West Indies

D Richards c and b Aamer 1
A Fletcher c Nazir b Naved-ul-Hasan 7
D Smith c Umar Akmal b Gul 18
T Dowlin c Kamran Akmal b Aamer 0
F Reifer c Misbah-ul-Haq b Gul 7
D Bernard b Aamer 6
D Sammy b Ajmal 25
C Walton lbw b Gul 0
N Miller c Malik b Afridi 51
T Best st Kamran Amal b Ajmal 8
G Tonge not out 4
Extras: 6
TOTAL: (all out) 133
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-11, 3-14, 4-36, 5-43, 6-47, 7-47, 8-85, 9-121.

Pakistan

I Nazir b Tonge 5
K Akmal c Walton b Tonge 5
S Malik c Walton b Tonga 23
M Yousuf c Walton b Tonge 23
M Haq c Walton b Bernard 6
U Akmal not out 41
S Afridi not out 17
Extras: 14
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets) 134
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-21, 3-54, 4-61, 5-76

The fourth wicket for Tonge (4-25) reduced Pakistan to 61-4. That became five down when Misbah-ul-Haq was caught behind for 6 off David Bernard.

Taking charge

But Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, with an unbeaten 17, joined Umar Akmal, 41 not out, at the crease to lead the team to victory without any further trouble, and with 19.3 overs to spare.

Earlier, West Indies captain Floyd Reifer must have wished back his choice to bat first after winning the toss on what looked - and proved - to be a lively pitch.

Left-arm quick Mohammed Aarmer led the attack and caused the initial damage with the early wickets of Dale Richards (1) in the first over then Travis Dowlin (0), and a short while later in his second spell, Bernard, bowled for 6.

First-change bowler Umar Gul (3 for 28 off eight overs) and right-arm slow bowler Saeed Ajmal (2 for 16 off four overs) inflicted more pain on a West Indies line-up whose batting was anything but disciplined.

It was left to Nikita Miller, with 50 off 51 balls before he was last out for 57, to show that with patience and regard for the conditions, that runs were there, albeit through hard work.

Only two other teammates reached double figures, Devon Smith (18) and Darren Sammy (25).

On Thursday, South Africa play New Zealand.

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