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

0.2

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez smacks his first ball for four. And what a free-spirited stroke too! Short ball outside off, Hafeez waits for it and then slams the slashed upper cut well over point and all the way to the boundary. Roach needs to bowl fuller here.

0.3

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, not the start Roach would have wanted. Another short of a length ball outside off, Hafeez this time steers it along the ground backward of point. Hint of low bounce but Hafeez had no problems playing that shot

0.4

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, they are dancing in the aisles in Mirpur. Hafeez has played the shot of the match. Roach finally lands one fuller, but it is too straight and too full. It ends up on leg stump and Hafeez gets half forward to meet it on top of the bounce and send it packing past mid on. Top shot.

0.5

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, marginally shorter, at 135 kph, Hafeez gets a little greedy and goes for the pull shot. No room for it, he ends up under-edging towards midwicket

0.6

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, finally something close to the right length. On off stump, Hafeez check drives to mid off to end the over.

Pakistan 11/0   KAJ Roach 1-0-11-0

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   KAJ Roach 2-0-16-0

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.

4.2

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads, dabbed to midwicket 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.

4.6

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Thomas drops a tough one down the leg side. Short ball angling down the leg side, Hafeez pulls and gets a thin edge that is dying away well to the left of a diving Thomas. He can't snare it.

Pakistan 43/0   KAJ Roach 3-0-26-0

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

16.3

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller on off, and Hafeez meets it with a sweet push drive back at Roach who bends in a hurry to stop it

16.4

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Hafeez stays back and defends to the off side for one

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   KAJ Roach 4-0-28-0

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   KAJ Roach 5-0-32-0

20.1

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, sorry West Indies, NOTHING is going your way today. Another top bouncer from Roach, has Hafeez in all sorts of trouble as he pulls. The top edge swirls into the Mirpur night and lands safe well in front of fine leg

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

20.3

Roach to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, short again, outside off, Hafeez mistimes the cut but gets a single away backward of point

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   KAJ Roach 5.5-0-39-0

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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