West Indies No. 11 Jason Holder smashed 14 runs off the final over to earn his side a dramatic tie with Pakistan in the third one-day international at Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Friday.
Pakistan wicketkeeper Umar Akmal had the opportunity to run out Holder off the final ball, but missed a simple throw from the boundary to allow the stranded batsman to make his ground and level the scores.
Pakistan looked to be heading for victory having posted a modest 229-6 in their 50 overs, but the final West Indian pair of Holder and Kemar Roach hit 24 off 13 balls to leave the series level at 1-1.
In the final over, bowled by Wahab Riaz, Holder bludgeoned a six and a four to give his side hope. Needing three to win off the final ball, he flashed a thick edge to third man where Junaid Khan collected.
Khan’s throw over the stumps looked certain to run out Holder and hand the victory to Pakistan, but Akmal somehow failed to collect and the tailender was able to scramble home having scored an invaluable 19 off nine deliveries.
Lendl Simmons had earlier struck 75 from 86 balls and added 91 for the fourth wicket with Marlon Samuels (46) to put the hosts in a winning position.
However, fine bowling from seamer Junaid (3-54) and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal (3-36) appeared to have taken the game away from them before Holder’s heroics.