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Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Russell leads rout of sloppy Pakistan

West Indies 310 for 6 (Ramdin 51, Simmons 50, Russell 42) beat Pakistan 160 (Akmal 59, Maqsood 50, Taylor 3-15, Russell 3-33) by 150 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Two most frustrating teams of these times matched each other mistake for mistake until West Indies took the decisive advantage in the last 14 overs of their innings and the first four of the defence. Having stumbled to 167 for 3 in 36 - with one batsman retired and possibly out of the tournament - they took 143 in the remaining overs thanks to urgency shown by Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell. Ramdin and Simmons scored fifties at a little over run a ball, and Russell threatened the record for fastest ODI fifty with an unbeaten 42 off 13. The contest was killed pretty early in the second innings with the Pakistan batting disintegrating to 1 for 4, the worst four-wicket score in ODI history.

The first 36 overs were a classic tussle between two middling sides refusing to drive home the advantage. Pakistan dropped at least four catches, their field placements - seven-footer Mohammad Irfan at long-on during the slog - left a lot to be desired, their ground fielding was pedestrian, West Indies openers made no pretence of trying to guts it out during the opening exchanges, their set batsmen chose part-time spin of Haris Sohail to hole out to long-off to, and a general lack of urgency prevailed as their top order mostly played either-boundary-or-dot cricket.

West Indies began the match in a sea of trouble, having lost to Ireland, needing to win here to get some breathing space. Once they were asked to bat in fresh morning conditions, it was a matter of when and not if the openers would fail. Dwayne Smith was given some extra time through a drop by Nasir Jamshed, Chris Gayle wasn't. At 28 for 2 Marlon Samuels decided he was going to hit boundaries or nothing at all. Darren Bravo, although slow, provided the stability West Indies needed, and even Samuels settled into the stand. However, with the partnership reading 75 off 16.1 overs, Samuels picked out long-off with the first ball of the new spell of Haris.

Samuels and Smith had shown great self-respect in refusing to live off the Pakistan fielders' generosity, but the increments had been big enough to take West Indies close to the last 20 overs with wickets in hands. Ramdin then played an innings that began to take the game away decisively. Ramdin disturbed the quiet of a '70s ODI - lethargic fielding, lack of urgency in the batting - with the first modern play of the match. There was a certain intent to how he batted. Short-arm pulls, slog-sweeps, pinched singles, they threatened to run away with the game with 48 runs in 5.5 overs. Ramdin then showed more intent by calling for a Powerplay.

The next twist, a hamstring injury to Bravo minutes after he had been reprieved by Shahid Afridi. As he was taken off the field on the drinks cart, West Indies had to exercise some caution. Only 16 came in the Powerplay, but they didn't lose any wicket. Pretty soon Ramdin rediscovered his range, only to hit Haris straight down long-off's throat moments after bringing up his fifty.

West Indies were now effectively 194 for 5 with 11 overs to go. Darren Sammy, a rare modern West Indies cricketer, didn't look in touch, but Simmons kept going. He had scored a hundred against Ireland to rescue West Indies. Now his job was to ensure his team didn't lose control of the game once again. He targeted Haris sensibly to expose the lack of a fifth specialist bowler, hitting him for a six and two fours in the 42nd over. Some brilliance followed from Pakistan as Sohail Khan and Irfan conceded a total of 15 in 43rd, 44th and 45th overs. There was pressure, Simmons ramped Riaz straight to third man in the next over, but Irfan dropped him too.

Although Simmons added only six to his 44, Russell punished every little error in length by Pakistan. His hitting was flat and powerful. He has now scored 157 off 78 in his last four innings. His three fours and four sixes here took his boundary tally to 15 and 11 in the last four digs. He kept clearing his front leg and swinging, with Pakistan helping him by not bowling yorkers. They chose fancy variations over the yorkers, which had effectively slowed India down in Adelaide. As if it had not been enough to have to take four wickets twice over.

First of those reprieves came courtesy Jamshed, who had been brought in to strengthen the batting and let Younis Khan bat at his preferred No. 3. A worse day on the field is hard to imagine. When he dropped Smith, he injured his hand, didn't field for the rest of the innings, and lasted two balls, playing a limp pull in the first over of the chase. Younis was facing the new ball yet again. Younis was all at sea again. Jerome Taylor got him with an outswinger, and Haris soon cut him straight to point to make it three ducks.

When Ahmed Shehzad edged Jason Holder to gully, the game was over. There was only one twist left. Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood delayed the end without threatening to alter it, usually Misbah-ul-Haq's constituency.

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A smashing win

150

West Indies' winning margin, their biggest in an ODI against Pakistan

Poor chasers

0

Number of times Pakistan have won an ODI chasing a target of 280 or more in Australia or New Zealand. This is their 11th failure

Four for nothing

1

The lowest score at which a team has lost four wickets in an ODI match. The previous lowest was 4 for 4, by Canada v Zim in 2006

Raining sixes

89

Runs scored by West Indies in the last six overs, including 5 sixes and 6 fours

Russell power

171

Andre Russell's batting strike rate in seven ODI innings in 2015. He averages 48 during this period

Key contribution

119

Ramdin's strike rate during his 51, his third-fastest 50-plus score in ODIs

Cut down in full flight

6.83

The run rate during the Bravo-Ramdin partnership. They added 49 runs in 7.1 overs

Bravo does a Lara?

1

Number of WI batsmen who've retired hurt in a World Cup game and not returned to bat - Brian Lara, v Pakistan in 1992

Stuck in first gear

73%

Percentage of ODI innings where Dwayne Smith has been dismissed for 25 or less (62 out of 85 innings)

Gayle No Blow

18.8

Chris Gayle's batting average since 2013, the lowest for any top-order batsman (Nos. 1-7) who has played at least 20 innings