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Pakistan v West Indies, World Cup 2011, 1st quarter-final, Mirpur

Clinical Pakistan storm into semi-final

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

March 23, 2011

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Pakistan 113 for 0 (K Akmal 47*, Hafeez 61*) beat West Indies 112 (Chanderpaul 44*, Afridi 4-30) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Hafeez is congratulated by team-mates after dismissing Devon Smith, Pakistan v West Indies, 1st quarter-final, World Cup 2011, March 23, 2011
Mohammad Hafeez led the way with bat and ball in Pakistan's huge victory © Associated Press

Pakistan are two games away from repeating the heroics of Imran Khan's 1992 team after a crushing 10-wicket victory against West Indies in the first quarter-final in Dhaka. Mohammad Hafeez starred with bat and ball, beginning West Indies' decline with two early wickets then ending it with a brisk 61, while Shahid Afridi is proving an inspirational force and led from the front again with four more scalps as the spinners produced a ruthless display to dismantle West Indies for 112.

Between the three of them, Pakistan's slow bowlers had figures of 27.3-5-64-8 and gave another example of how there is a threat from every part of the attack. At no point did Afridi need to fill overs, especially when the weakest link of the bowlers - Hafeez - managed to take 2 for 16 in his full allocation. Hafeez then dominated an unbroken opening stand with Kamran Akmal which wiped off the target with barely an alarm and 29 overs to spare.

The match represented a contest for as long as Chris Gayle was in the middle - the sum total of 2.5 overs. His departure sucked the life and belief from West Indies line-up with the rest remaining rooted to the crease, managing just seven fours and a solitary Shivnarine Chanderpaul six as he nudged his way to a hollow, unbeaten 44.

Some early aggression had proved the falsest of dawns. Devon Smith cut the first ball of the match to the point boundary and Gayle played two thumping shots, but in attempting his third boundary, he picked out Afridi at mid-off who did well to hold on to a stinging drive. With their talisman gone, West Indies became virtually scoreless.

Hafeez, handed the new ball after Abdur Rehman was left out, caused a host of problems for the left handers, mainly with his straighter deliveries, rather than any turn. The major damage came in his third over as he skidded one past Smith's inside edge, and three balls later, a similar delivery removed Darren Bravo as he thrust his pad down the line.

The next six overs brought just six runs as Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul were rendered scoreless by the combination of Hafeez and Gul. The shackles were momentarily broken when Sarwan collected two boundaries off Wahab Riaz - the second a flowing cover drive - but they were the rare exception.

Hafeez was allowed to bowl eight overs for 12 runs though he was barely turning the ball and spinners continued to cause problems when Afridi had two close shouts for lbw in his first over. He used up a review with the first one but should have broken through in his second over when Gul didn't accept a chance at long-off when Sarwan, on 14, tried to go over the top.

Runs came at a painful rate, but at least the fourth-wicket pair were trying to set a platform. However, with the pressure building and Pakistan racing through the overs Sarwan felt he had to try some shots, but couldn't clear cover as he cut a delivery which bounced more than expected. Not for the first time, Afridi stood with arms aloft and it was just the start for the Pakistan captain.

Kieron Pollard did nothing to end the argument that he's a bully of weak bowling attacks when he bottom-edged a cut and Kamran Akmal's recent improvements continued with a sharp take. None of the West Indian batsman - barring Chanderpaul - had a clue which way Afridi was turning the ball and that was summed up by Devon Thomas' dismissal as he played back to a quicker ball.

From legspin to offspin it was then the turn of Saeed Ajmal to make more lower-order batsmen look foolish. Darren Sammy, who will struggle to justify his place in the team after this tournament, was turned square by a perfect doosra and the same delivery also removed Devendra Bishoo although this time the batsman helped with an inside edge.

Kemar Roach showed some of his team-mates that batting wasn't impossible as he accompanied Chanderpaul for 15 overs to add 40 but it was like trying to the plug the leak in the Titanic. Roach eventually chipped to midwicket and the innings ended with more than six overs remaining when Ravi Rampaul was bowled round his legs by Afridi.

Pakistan weren't going to ease their way to the target and after two overs had 25 on the board - it had taken West Indies until the 12th over to reach that point. Hafeez rode on the confidence of his bowling display, but some of the bowling served up was as bad as the earlier batting. A couple of tough half chances were spilled without affecting the result.

The victory means their first journey to India since 2007 to face either the co-hosts or defending champions in Mohali. Pakistan won't care who the opposition are, it will take an exceptional performance to stop them.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

Pakistan will rock in india! Good luck.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

Inshallah' Pakistan will win :)

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 16:35 GMT)

Pakistan have given the critics a great answer, well done Pakistan. My prayers are with them, bring the cup to pakistan " BOYS ".

Posted by Fahd on (March 25, 2011, 6:11 GMT)

India Vs Pakistan Semi-Final! Nothing gets bigger and better than this .. icing on the cake would be a Pakistani win. :)

Posted by mohammad on (March 25, 2011, 4:48 GMT)

Well, India has convincing victory over Auatralia and Ponting has said, it will be difficult to beat India. It will all depend on if the hopeless Riaz is replaced by Shoeb Akhtar and how he will perform against strong indian batting. Secondly, Afridi must know how to use Razzaque for bowling and batting. So far he has not used him right. The final result will depend how the key players perform and how good the fielding is. 50:50 chance for both teams.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

Congrats to pakistan. As a west indian, this is very disappointing. It was an awful performance, some of these guys have been around long enough to understand how to play. Alot of people say that sammy affects the balance of the team, as a fan of sammy i defended him but its apparent now especially as they had to leave out russell. Also sarwan and chanderpaul was most disappointing. Sarwan needs to sort out himself and chanders i think should retire from odi`s. If sammy isnt captain, one wonders who would be. Pakistan is coming to the west indies soon, we need to sort out this team. Hopefully jerome taylor, bharath, bravo and ramdhin will all be back into the fold.Marlon Samuels should also be considered along with lendl simmons.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

In the game today(24th March) even though Ponting ended up on the losing side, he sure showed how senior players should play an ODI innings a brilliant masterclass. Not the smash and bang nothingness displayed by CG. Disappointed by CG is an understatement. You could even see some caution in Watson and Haddin on starting the Aus innings. WI could learn a lot on how to construct innings just by watching both sides in this match: Ind/Aus. Pakistan should NOT get overconfident. Beating WI these days is no BIG feat. They(WI) still haven't won against test teams in ODI's for a long time now(barring Bang) and we saw how Pak wilted under the NZ pressure.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

well done PAK... And thanks to Bangladeshi People for supporting Pakistan Team.. Thanks.Thanks again

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

Pakistan should play Shoaib Akhtar @ Mohali, the track is suitable for pacers. Horses for courses!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

Well done Team Pak Inshallah Afridi will be the New Imran Khan If they play the Semi Finnal & Final with the same spirit which they show against australia in the pool match and against West Indies in the quarter final. Best Of Luck Team Pakistan

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