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

West Indies clueless against spin

S Rajesh

March 23, 2011

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  • Pakistan have reached the World Cup semi-final for the sixth time, which equals the record which is held by Australia. If Australia beat India, it'll be their seventh semi-final.

  • Pakistan notched up a ten-wicket win for only the third time in ODIs. It was their first in a World Cup game, and their first against West Indies. For West Indies too, this was their first ten-wicket drubbing in a World Cup game and against Pakistan. Overall, it's only the fourth time they've been beaten by ten wickets. The margin in terms of balls left in the second innings is also the third-largest for West Indies.

  • West Indies generally struggled against spin in this tournament, and that problem came to the fore again today against a Pakistan attack which had three quality spinners. In the 27.3 overs they bowled, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal returned combined figures of 8 for 64. Overall in this tournament, West Indies had much poorer numbers against spin than they did against the fast and medium-pace bowlers.

    West Indies against pace and spin in World Cup 2011
      Runs Dismissals Average Run rate
    Pace 831 23 35.30 5.33
    Spin 580 32 17.50 4.03

  • Only twice have West Indies been bowled out for less than 112 in a World Cup - their lowest total remains 93 against Kenya in 1996. In their three lowest totals, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has top-scored in two, and been the second-highest scorer in the third.

  • West Indies' ten-over score of 18 is the second-lowest in the tournament so far, next only to Canada's 14 for 3 against Zimbabwe. In those ten overs, West Indies played out 52 dot balls, and managed only three fours and five singles.

  • Afridi's 4 for 30 is his fourth haul of four or more wickets in this tournament, which is by far the most in a single World Cup.

  • Hafeez's spell of 2 for 16 in ten overs is the most economical by a bowler who's bowled at least five overs in this World Cup. Among those who've bowled ten overs, the next best is 23 runs, by George Dockrell against Bangladesh, and by Shahid Afridi against Canada.

  • Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan both finished with strike rates of less than 60. Among batsmen who faced at least 200 deliveries in this World Cup, only one batsman - Canada's Zubin Surkari - has a lower strike rate. (Click here for the full list.)

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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