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Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

April 1, 2014

Prankistan on All Fools' Day

Nitin Sundar

Big day. Big game. What's West Indies' strategy?

That was lame. But what followed in the post-toss chat with the captains was worse.

Both teams were unchanged, which confounded some Pakistan fans.

Pakistan got off to a superb start. Chris Gayle perished to his bugbear Mohammad Hafeez early.

And then Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul produced a moment of comical magic on the field.

Meanwhile, Wasim Akram was taking some very pertinent questions from fans on Twitter.

West Indies' recovery was slow in the face of some quality spin bowling.

Lendl Simmons lay the early groundwork before being run out following a huge LBW appeal. West Indies held back their big hitters.

Spoke too soon.

Just when it looked like West Indies would subside to a sub-par score, Dwayne Bravo exploded with an array of huge sixes. Saeed Ajmal bore the brunt. His first two overs had gone for six runs. The next two leaked 35.

All sorts of crazy events happened in the end over. Dwayne Bravo's blitz ended when he was run out, but Darren Sammy carried on the good work.

Pakistan were clearly stunned by the onslaught. They chased as if in a trance and quickly fell out of contention. Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal bagged ducks, while Mohammad Hafeez struggled to put bat on ball. Samuel Badree bowled a dream opening spell.

Why was it all going pear-shaped for Pakistan?

That explains it. Things didn't get better for a very, very long time.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik pottered along for an agonizingly long time, with Afridi chafing at the bit in the dug-out.

Things kept getting worse for Pakistan, as did Afridi's outlook.

Finally Afridi came out to bat.

Alas, Afridi failed too.

Pakistan's situation was so dire, even Indian fans were commiserating.

Not all of them, mind.

Pakistan eventually folded for 82 - which was exactly what West Indies made in the last 5 overs.

Nitin Sundar is a social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

how come nobody understoon how talented Pak are. Their batsmen ensured that whatever runs Bravo & Sammy scored in the last 4 overs did not matter at all.

Posted by rrg1 on (April 1, 2014, 22:24 GMT)

Wonderful Nitin. Signed up only to say "keep up the wonderful Work". Just because there are few comments, doesn't mean not many aren't interested. In fact nowadays after match, the 1st thing i check is the #report section

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 1, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

I cannot stop LOL from the synchronized sliding picture and comments. What timing and perfect synchronization, all the fielding drills are paying off LOL

I wonder what Afridi and Gul talked about after that superb performance.

Posted by DarthKetan on (April 1, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

This is now my BY FAR the favorite section of Cricinfo!!! @KarachiKhatmal & @AltCricket ought to join forces with Zaltzman and do a stand up comedy tour!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Last 4 overs for WI had physiologic effect on Pakistan, it was a poor display from bat then ball. Kamran Akmal and malik role was unclear but now it's clear this was the last tournament for them, apart from these two hafeez and umer played stupid shot like always. Only person who was looking good with both bat and ball was no other then afridi. We need Junaids yoker's when gul was getting hit all over the park.Next world cup 2016 t 20 is in India and we have 2 years to build the team.

Posted by Mr_V_S on (April 1, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Very interesting the last one from Satish :-|

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Some good banter from the Pak - WI game..

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