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)

0.2

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.

Pakistan 5/0   Mohammad Hafeez 4* (1b 1x4)   KAJ Roach 0.2-0-5-0

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.

Pakistan 11/0   Mohammad Hafeez 10* (3b 2x4)   KAJ Roach 0.4-0-11-0

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.

Pakistan 19/0   Kamran Akmal 5* (3b 1x4)   R Rampaul 0.2-0-4-0

1.6

Rampaul to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, good ball, but exemplary shot from Hafeez. Rampaul delivers a viciously tailing yorker on leg stump and Hafeez's toes seem to be in the firing line, even as he falls over in an attempt to flick. Or so it seems. The toes gets out of the way, the bat flashes down on the ball and sends it screaming away to square leg

Pakistan 25/0   Mohammad Hafeez 14* (6b 3x4)   R Rampaul 1-0-10-0

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

Pakistan 29/0   Kamran Akmal 10* (8b 2x4)   KAJ Roach 1.2-0-15-0

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.

Pakistan 39/0   Kamran Akmal 17* (15b 3x4)   KAJ Roach 2.3-0-22-0

7.2

Bishoo to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, runs after a long time. And a rank-bad ball helps break the monotony. Bishoo drags this really short and the ball turns away too. Hafeez has enough room to thwack it well in front of square

Pakistan 47/0   Mohammad Hafeez 22* (21b 4x4)   D Bishoo 1.2-1-4-0

7.5

Bishoo to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Pakistan motor past 50 as Hafeez gets a thick edge as he looks to cut a short ball turning away from him. Pollard gives spirited chase, but there's no stopping that one.

Pakistan 51/0   Mohammad Hafeez 26* (24b 5x4)   D Bishoo 1.5-1-8-0

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

Pakistan 55/0   Kamran Akmal 24* (24b 4x4)   DJG Sammy 1.1-1-4-0

10.1

Sammy to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Sammy serves up another poor delivery, on the pads and angling further down in the early 120s kph. Hafeez helps it along with a dainty glance.

Pakistan 62/0   Mohammad Hafeez 33* (29b 6x4)   DJG Sammy 2.1-1-8-0

11.6

Bishoo to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, that's how you deal with mosquitoes in Mirpur. Or with rank-bad long hops. Short ball ends up on leg stump, Hafeez hangs back and whacks it in the air over midwicket for four more.

Pakistan 73/0   Mohammad Hafeez 40* (38b 7x4)   D Bishoo 4-1-18-0

13.1

Bishoo to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, these Pakistan openers have played some real classy shots through the off side today. Another one from Hafeez as Bishoo offers a smidgin of width outside off, Hafeez waits and waits after rocking back and then opens the face to ensure he got it to the left of point.

Pakistan 79/0   Mohammad Hafeez 45* (41b 8x4)   D Bishoo 4.1-1-22-0

17.1

Rampaul to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Mohd. Hafeez, take a bow. He's stamped his presence all over this huge game, and West Indies must be getting exasperated by him. Today, where ever they have turned in Mirpur, Hafeez has been there. Length ball outside off, Hafeez leans out to it perfectly, opens the face and caresses the square drive with just enough timing to reach the boundary. A fine fifty this.

Pakistan 91/0   Mohammad Hafeez 52* (55b 9x4)   R Rampaul 3.1-1-17-0

17.2

Rampaul to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, even better! Rampaul goes fuller and straighter, Hafeez responds with an even more emphatic shot. Again, that smooth forward movement, gets him to the pitch and then he creams him with authority through extra cover

Pakistan 95/0   Mohammad Hafeez 56* (56b 10x4)   R Rampaul 3.2-1-21-0

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

Pakistan 99/0   Kamran Akmal 38* (49b 5x4)   KAJ Roach 4.1-0-32-0

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)   R Rampaul 5-1-28-0

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)   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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