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

Umar Gul to Smith, FOUR, Whack! Smith sets the ball rolling in the first Quarter-final with a cracking square cut. Two slips in place and Smith spanks it past point. It was shortish and outside off and Smith loves to cut

0.2

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, bowls this straighter and Smith respects the line and length by tapping it back to the bowler

0.3

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, shout for lbw but it pitched outside leg. It was full in length, landed just outside leg and straightened to hit the pad in front of the leg stump.

0.4

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, lovely delivery. Just a bad ball first up but tight after that. This one straightens just outside off, Smith had a waft outside the line, he wasn't expecting the ball to straighten at all. The ball went through bat and pad gap to the keeper

0.5

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, takes this one away but Smith had his off stump covered and shouldered arms.

0.6

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, another one that straightens and whenever Gul has done that Smith has been in trouble. This one probably seams back a bit from the middle stump line and moves past the defensive prod to hit the thigh pad.

West Indies 4/0   Umar Gul 1-0-4-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Smith, no run, lands around middle and off and cuts away sharply. Smith was on the back foot and poked out at it. he didn't quite get close to it, though.

2.2

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, this one cuts across from outside leg and Smith gets back to deflect it to midwicket for a single

2.3

Umar Gul to Gayle, FOUR, Walloped! The Gayle charge is on. He rushed down the track, got outside the leg in the process and smashed this length delivery on the up and over mid-off.

2.4

Umar Gul to Gayle, no run, Ah! lovely stuff from Gul who goes for the yorker on the off stump line and Gayle digs it out back down the track.

2.5

Umar Gul to Gayle, OUT, Gul takes out Gayle. And he jumps in joy. It was a full length delivery around off; Gayle backed outside leg and went for his powerful lofted hit. He didn't get the elevation and the ball screamed to right of mid-off where who else but Shahid Afridi pouches it. Now then.. huge pressure on this West Indies team. How will they respond?

CH Gayle c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul 8 (12m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

2.6

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, lovely probing delivery in the corridor outside off, Sarwan gets forward and across, covers his off stump and shoulders arms

West Indies 14/1   Umar Gul 2-0-9-1

4.1

Umar Gul to Smith, 1 run, short and outside of stump, Smith cuts it hard to point where there is a slight fumble. It was hit very powerfully.

4.2

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, in the zone outside off and Sarwan lets it go through to Akmal

4.3

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, fuller in length, probing to see if Sarwan is late in getting forward; he is but manages to push this one away to the on side of the pitch

4.4

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, Shout for a catch by Kamran. It was in the zone outside off and Sarwan went for a big cut shot. Kamran screamed out. They don't get for a review. No noise as the ball went past the bat

4.5

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, Gul continues to impress. This one lands on a good length just outside off and sort of holds its line. Sarwan shoulders arms again. Will he get on to cut back in

4.6

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, full in length around off stump, Sarwan mistimes his drive to mid-off

West Indies 16/1   Umar Gul 3-0-10-1

6.1

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, leans forward to drive this to the off side

6.2

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed out to the on side

6.3

Umar Gul to Sarwan, 1 run, That old problem of Sarwan. He does get squared up when the ball straightens on the off stump line. For a top-order batsman, I am always surprised how much he gets squared up by that delivery. Edges this one to third man

6.4

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, goes for the yorker, Chanderpaul works it to midwicket

6.5

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, goes for the short pitched delivery in the zone outside off, Chanders arrests his shuffles, and sways away

6.6

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, shuffles across, gets behind the line of delivery moving across from the leg stump line and defends

West Indies 17/3   Umar Gul 4-0-11-1

8.1

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, pretty wide outside off stump, Sarwan thinks about the cut shot but resists.

8.2

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, short in length outside off stump, punched out to cover

8.3

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, stays back to punch this to the off side. He then taps the pitch in front of him, before taking a stroll to the leg side. He adjusts his gloves and returns

8.4

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, a low swinging full toss, Sarwan hits it hard but straight to cover. He then suggests he should have timed it through extra cover instead of going after it hard

8.5

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, short in length, bounces in to the middle, pushed out to the off side

8.6

Umar Gul to Sarwan, no run, in the zone outside off stump, teasing short length but Sars lets it go through

West Indies 18/3   Umar Gul 5-1-11-1

37.1

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, full delivery from over the stumps, pushed out to the off

37.2

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, short in length around off, pushed out to the cover region

37.3

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on the pads, clipped to Hafeez at deep square-leg

37.4

Umar Gul to Roach, no run, gets back and across to play yet another very solid defensive stroke.

37.5

Umar Gul to Roach, no run, goes for the yorker but down the leg side ...brushes the boot may be

37.6

Umar Gul to Roach, no run, in the zone outside off, driven to mid-off

West Indies 101/8   Umar Gul 6-1-12-1

39.1

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, full in length around off, driven to extra cover

39.2

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, slants this one across Chanders who shoulders arms

39.3

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, from round the stumps now, in the zone outside off, steered to backward point

39.4

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, no run, in the corridor outside off, left alone

39.5

Umar Gul to Chanderpaul, 1 run, drifts to the pads from the round the stumps angle, glanced away for a single

39.6

Umar Gul to Roach, no run, fullish delivery on the middle and off line, driven to mid-off. Again, a nice drive but straight to the fielder

West Indies 104/8   Umar Gul 7-1-13-1

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

© AFP

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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