ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 1st quarter final

Pakistan v West Indies

Pakistan won by 10 wickets (with 175 balls remaining)

0.1

Roach to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Pakistan are away as Kamran guides to third man for a single

Pakistan 1/0   Kamran Akmal 1* (1b)

1.1

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, 4 leg byes, poor start from Rampaul, spears it down the leg side from wide of the crease and it clips the pads on the way to the fine leg fence.

1.2

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Pakistan aren't looking to be out there for long. Kamran plays a controlled whiplash of a cut, even as he comes out of the crease. Rampaul lands it short outside off to scramble Kamran's improvisation, but Kamran holds his wits about him, waits for it to come on and slaps it away.

1.3

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball coming in from off stump, Kamran covers the line and defends

1.4

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, well Rampaul said he never bowled as well as he had against India. Looks like he's some way from maintaining those standards. Another wide down the leg side

1.4

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, no run, the radar functions this time, full length ball on middle and off, Kamran defends solidly to mid off

1.5

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, slower ball? Full on off stump, Kamran seemed to be early into the square drive, but waited on it and then steered it through point. Pollard got a hand on it and kept it down to one

Pakistan 21/0   Kamran Akmal 6* (6b 1x4)

2.1

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length outside off, Kamran gets behind and defends

2.2

Roach to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, dropped at point. Tony Cozier on air says the fielder is lucky the ball didn't take his fingers away. Pollard is wringing his hand in pain. Short ball, wide outside off, Kamran cracks the cut uppishly and Pollard at point jumps up. It skims his fingers and runs away for four

2.3

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller and slower, no movement though. Kamran leans out to meet the ball and drive into the covers

2.4

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, short ball, not short enough for the pull, Kamran plays the shot all the same, and mistimes it

2.5

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of a length outside off, Kamran stays put on the crease and defends solidly

2.6

Roach to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, this time there is width outside off, Kamran opens the face and dabs down to third man for a single

Pakistan 30/0   Kamran Akmal 11* (12b 2x4)

3.1

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, again Rampaul sends down a yorker from wide of the crease, ends up on leg stump and Hafeez plays it away to the leg side

Pakistan 31/0   Kamran Akmal 12* (13b 2x4)

4.1

Roach to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, full outside off, Kamran outside edges the walking cover drive and gets it down to third man for a single.

4.3

Roach to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, footwork? "What footwork," says Kamran. And then adds, "Why footwork?" Tough to argue against that. He holds his stance as a back of length ball comes along outside off, and just dumps it on the up through point with a rapid uncorking of the wrists. Magnificent shot. Sehwagesque.

4.4

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, not so short this time, he steers more defensively into the off side

4.5

Roach to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, Roach's lengths have been all over the place. Another one squeezes onto the pads and gets flicked joyfully to deep midwicket.

Pakistan 42/0   Kamran Akmal 20* (17b 3x4)

6.1

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, short of a length outside off, Kamran plays from the crease but covers the line to defend

6.2

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran trots out well before Sammy delivers, but doesn't get a ball full enough to drive. He ends up defending to the off side

6.3

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, bends his back and digs this in well short, Kamran is again outside the crease but then stands tall to defend

6.4

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, once again Kamran fidgets out, gets a delivery angling into the pads and works it wide of mid on

6.5

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, a hint of width outside off, Kamran looks to steer a single through point but there's not enough room to make the play.

6.6

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, two maidens on the trot. Kamran gets half forward and check drives a length ball to mid off

Pakistan 43/0   Kamran Akmal 20* (23b 3x4)

8.1

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, patent rubbish from Sammy. Drops a dawdling delivery short and wide outside off, and Kamran goes after it so hard he might end up doing a muscle or something. That wasn't cut, it was emphatically shredded through the covers

8.2

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, better length, Kamran gets forward and defends with an opened face into the off side

8.3

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, angling into the pads this time, Kamran stays put and defends to the leg side

8.4

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, comes slowly off the track as Sammy lands one back of a length outside off. Kamran looks at the toe end of the bat after mistiming the push into the covers off the back foot

8.5

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, complete lack of pace, movement or anything nearly costs Kamran his wicket. He mopes out of the crease and looks to slam Sammy across the line. The short of length ball misses the bat and goes through the bat-pad gap but misses the stumps

8.6

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, ends with a short of length ball outside off, Kamran stands tall and punches into the covers

Pakistan 55/0   Kamran Akmal 24* (29b 4x4)

9.4

Bishoo to Kamran Akmal, no run, full delivery, straightens from off stump as Kamran defends

9.5

Bishoo to Kamran Akmal, no run, flatter and hurrying through, Kamran hangs back and guides to the off side

9.6

Bishoo to Kamran Akmal, no run, probably three inches wider outside off than last time, that's enough invitation for Kamran to try and play an attacking cut shot. He finds point though.

Pakistan 58/0   Kamran Akmal 24* (32b 4x4)

10.4

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, top timing from Kamran. Back of a length ball that ended up on the pads, Kamran waited for it to come on and clipped it neatly through wide mid on.

Pakistan 66/0   Kamran Akmal 27* (33b 4x4)

11.1

Bishoo to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, loopy delivery on off stump, Kamran drives sedately through cover for a single

Pakistan 67/0   Kamran Akmal 28* (34b 4x4)

12.1

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, Sammy gets one to curve in a touch and Kamran flicks straight to midwicket

12.2

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, another slow offcutter, Kamran walks out and misses an ugly flat-footed swipe at it. The ball misses the off stump, but not by much.

12.3

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, better shot, gets behind the line and defends a length ball into the covers

12.4

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, an inside edge this time. This one stays low as Sammy takes the pace off. Inside edge runs away to the leg side

Pakistan 74/0   Kamran Akmal 29* (38b 4x4)

13.4

Bishoo to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up on off, Kamran gets to the pitch ans whips inside out to cover

13.5

Bishoo to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Kamran taps it as it turns away into the off side for a single

Pakistan 81/0   Kamran Akmal 30* (40b 4x4)

14.1

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length outside off, Kamran steers off the back foot to point

14.2

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, Kamran makes the adjustment this time, playing the steer a fraction later to beat point, and it is nearly four through deep backward point

14.3

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball, angling into the pads and worked straight to Pollard at midwicket

14.4

Sammy to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, 126.7 kph came off slower from short of a length, and Kamran punched it on the up through the covers for one

Pakistan 84/0   Kamran Akmal 33* (44b 4x4)

16.1

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, offcutter from outside off, Kamran plays forward and gets an inside edge away to midwicket

16.2

Roach to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short delivery angling into the body, Kamran whips through midwicket for a single

16.5

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, short ball on Kamran's middle and leg, he stays put on the back foot and defends down the leg side

16.6

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, over-pitched and tailing into the pads, Kamran whips without timing to midwicket

Pakistan 87/0   Kamran Akmal 34* (48b 4x4)

18.1

Roach to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, one of those few occasions when a batsman has mishit something this evening. No worries, even that's gone for four. Roach hustles Kamran with a bouncer, and the top edge whistles away high and fine for four through the leg side

18.2

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, short ball, pushes Kamran back and he is on the hop as he defends towards point

18.3

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball on off stump, Kamran gets half forward and check drives to mid off

18.4

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, another short ball, another pull and again Kamran can't get it away. In fact he's through the shot too early this time and takes a blow on the elbow. Ouch.

18.5

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, some more short stuff, Kamran is not getting into the best of positions to pull and heaves this away without making contact, towards the keeper

18.6

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, short again to end the over, Kamran hangs back and drops it to the off side

Pakistan 99/0   Kamran Akmal 38* (54b 5x4)

19.3

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length on off stump, Kamran gets behind it and defends to the off side

19.4

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, no run, over-pitched outside off, Kamran looks to lean into a punchy drive but finds mid off

19.5

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, no run, slanted into the pads, Kamran works it without timing off the pads to the leg side

19.6

Rampaul to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, top-notch from Kamran. Roach has had him in strife with the short balls. No such problems against Rampaul who angles one too far in. Kamran stays inside the line and controls the pull with a pleasing roll of the wrists.

Pakistan 106/0   Kamran Akmal 42* (58b 6x4)

20.2

Roach to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, back of a length again, Kamran skips inside the line and whips through backward square leg for a single

20.4

Roach to Kamran Akmal, no run, another bouncer from Roach, Kamran ducks under it in a hurry.

20.5

Roach to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, "That's a devastating win for Pakistan," yells Mark Nicholas on air. For once, it is not the usual Nicholas hyperbole too. Has there been a more emphatic win in a World Cup quarter-final? Kamran puts West Indies out of their misery by muscling a short of length ball outside off in front of point. Pakistan have knocked West Indies out of World Cup 2011.

Pakistan 113/0   Kamran Akmal 47* (61b 7x4)

Photos

Mar 23, 2011

Shahid Afridi congratulates Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan win by ten wickets, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st quarter-final, World Cup 2011, March 23, 2011

Shahid Afridi congratulates Mohammad Hafeez as Pakistan win by ten wickets

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Mar 23, 2011

Fans in Islamabad wave flags in the street after Pakistan went through to the World Cup semi-finals, Islamabad, March 23, 2011

Fans in Islamabad wave flags in the street after Pakistan went through to the World Cup semi-finals

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