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)

16.1

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, drifts onto the pads, Sarwan tries to glance but finds short fine leg

16.2

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, back of a length on off stump, Sarwan defends to the off side

16.3

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, This seems like a ridicuous review for lbw. Sarwan has jumped out of the crease, he's atleast a couple of feet outside as he defends with bat and pad close together. Googly from Afridi, lands outside off and jams into bat and pad. Or is it pad and bat? The distance is over 2.5 m. Impact is outside the line. The only thing going for the appeal is that the ball is hitting off stump. The decision stays.

16.4

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, similar ball, similar appeal, same decision, but this time no referral. Sarwan was again out of the crease, but if anything this time he was hit in line. Hmm. Replays in. It was barely clipping the top of middle.

16.5

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, holds the length back, Sarwan feels for it after getting half forward and defends

16.6

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, interesting first over from Afridi, it is a maiden as Sarwan glances another one drifting into the pads, and Hafeez does well at short fine leg.

West Indies 38/3   Shahid Afridi 1-0-0-0

18.1

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Afridi concedes his first run as Chanders pushes a full delivery towards long off

18.2

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, 2 runs, dropped by Gul in clumsy fashion. Even Kamran looks incredulous! It wasn't that easy. Leggie from Afridi outside off, Sarwan again jumps out, gets to the flight and looks to chip over extra cover. Gul attacks the ball from widish long off at a poor angle, running sideways instead of head on. He then tries to tumble and pouch, gets his hands to it, and lets it slip.

18.3

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, full and wide outside off, Sarwan lets it go

18.4

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, 1 run, he works another full ball to the leg side calmly for a single

18.5

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders whips with the wrists through square leg for a single

18.6

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan defends a full length ball on the off stump compactly. It is all happening in Afridi's spell!

West Indies 44/3   Shahid Afridi 2-0-5-0

20.1

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanders sneaks another single, full ball outside off, dropped to the off side for one

20.2

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan again looks to jump out, but Afridi holds the length back and Sarwan looks to cut. Can't get it past the point cordon.

20.3

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, fullish this time, driven fluently but straight to Misbah in the covers

20.4

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, 1 run, this time he gets the single away, forcing the cut through the covers for one

20.5

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, googly from well outside leg, doesn't trouble Chanders who crabs away into the line of middle and works it backward of square for the 50th run

20.6

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan defends a full leggie on middle off the front foot to the off side

West Indies 50/3   Shahid Afridi 3-0-8-0

22.1

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan skips out to the drifting delivery on off and defends into the covers

22.2

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, looks to punch a length ball on the off stump into the covers but finds the fielder

22.3

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, 2 runs, Sarwan is out of the crease again, but gets too close to a full ball on leg stump and ends up mistiming a swipe to midwicket. All the same, its into the gap and he gets a couple

22.4

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, no run, again Sarwan skips out of the crease, he's concerned about Afridi's lbw threat clearly. Played defensively into the off side

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, 1 run, gets the single this time, again from out of the crease, he works it down past mid off

22.6

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, this is tragic enough without a run out. Sarwan almost makes it worse by running half way down the pitch as Chanders glides straight to short third man. He is able to get back in time though.

West Indies 55/3   Shahid Afridi 4-0-11-0

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Sarwan, OUT, all over. Afridi has threatened to dismiss Sarwan right from the word go, and ends up getting him on the square drive. This time Sarwan doesn't jump out. Afridi keeps it full and a little wide of off stump, but importantly gets bounce out of the turf, and that did the trick. Sarwan went for the on the up square drive, but could not keep the shot down. The extra bounce meant, he carved it straight at Umar Akmal standing at point. West Indies are going nowhere.

RR Sarwan c Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 24 (92m 68b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.29

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Pollard, 1 run, fired in short of a length, angling into the pads and worked to the leg side

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, on off stump, Chanders of the ugliest stance in the game, pushes to the off side in ungainly style

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, again, Chanders dabs into the covers

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, fullish ball, Chanders pushes to long on. Can't believe mid on is not inside the circle.

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Pollard, no run, Pollard leans out to a back of length ball and defends as it breaks in.

West Indies 60/4   Shahid Afridi 5-0-13-1

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, whippy delivery, short of a length and scurrying across, Chanders nurdles straight to short fine leg

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, fuller and on the pads, Chanders plays it back down the track

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, quicker and in the blockhole, Chanders manages to dig it out down to long on for one

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Pollard, 1 wide, sliding down the leg side, Pollard misses the flick and it is called a wide

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Pollard, OUT, the moment of truth has come. Pollard has gone. He's not the best players of spin. And sure not the best player of the best legspinner in the ODI format now. It would have required a miracle to see him come out of this unscathed. The only miracle in that dismissal was that Kamran held a sharp chance. It was the patent Afridi quicker one, delivered from a foot wide of the stumps, comes in with the angle, darts in on a length and hurries through without deviating much outside off. Pollard went for an ill-advised cut and got an inner edge. Kamran pouched and appealed hard. It was eventually given, and Pollard trudges away.

KA Pollard c †Kamran Akmal b Shahid Afridi 1 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Thomas, OUT, in and out. West Indies are not even referring them. Afridi sends down a trademark thunderbolt, meaner, faster, straighter and bouncier than the previous one. In less than a twinkling, it was across the turf, skidding past Thomas' backfoot defensive, pinning him in front of middle and leg. I can't believe they did not refer it, might have been worth a try. Afridi on a hat-trick.

DC Thomas lbw b Shahid Afridi 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Sammy, 1 run, and the strangest shot you will see to a hat-trick ball. Full delivery, curling in towards leg stump as Sammy looks to work it to the leg side and gets a leading edge that hangs in the air menacingly before it lands at vacant square leg

West Indies 70/6   Shahid Afridi 6-0-16-3

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on the pads, Chanders works it to midwicket for a single.

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, 97.2 kph, inswinging yorker. No other way to define that ball from Afridi, which Roach did well to defend

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended more confidently to the off side

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, huge googly from outside off, Roach reads it off the pitch and defends to the off side off the front foot

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, he plays back to this one, but manages to play it away to the off side

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Roach, 2 runs, drift down the leg side, Roach gets some pad on it away to backward fine leg for one

West Indies 74/8   Shahid Afridi 7-0-19-3

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Roach, FOUR, Roach gets a four, using Afridi's pace to steer a cut backward of point. Short, wide and really fast, it was there to be hit.

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, slows it up and lands it full on off stump, Roach defends to the off side

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, drifting into the pads, Roach can't get it away

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Roach, 1 run, he gets the run this time, working Afridi with the angle through backward square leg for one

30.6

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, short and wide, Chanders mistimes the cut and hence gets only a single. Don't think he wanted more than a single. He now has strike.

West Indies 80/8   Shahid Afridi 8-0-25-3

41.1

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on the middle and off, slow through the air, punched down to long-on

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Roach, 1 run, leg break outside off stump, pushed out through cover point

41.3

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, just outside off, pushed back to the bowler

41.4

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, outside the leg stump, worked through backward square-leg

41.5

Shahid Afridi to Roach, no run, outside the off stump line, defended of the back foot

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Roach, 1 run, slower, loopy flighted delivery outside off, square driven neatly to deep point

West Indies 111/8   Shahid Afridi 9-0-29-3

43.1

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, no run, slow leg break around off, turned to midwicket

43.2

Shahid Afridi to Chanderpaul, 1 run, gets back to work it past square-leg

43.3

Shahid Afridi to Rampaul, OUT, Googly that landed outside leg stump, very full in length, Ravi went for the sweep, missed and the leg stump was pegged back. Afridi ends up with a four-for. West Indies have been rolled out for 112.

R Rampaul b Shahid Afridi 0 (4m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

West Indies 112/10   Shahid Afridi 9.3-0-30-4

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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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