Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur April 1, 2014

West Indies dish out thrashing to enter semis

The Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

West Indies 166 for 6 (Bravo 46, Sammy 42*) beat Pakistan 82 (Badree 3-10, Narine 3-16) by 84 runs
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West Indies scored 84 runs in their first 15 overs. They nearly doubled their total after that, smashing 82 off the last 30 balls of the innings. No Full Member team had ever conceded so many in the last five overs of a Twenty20 game.

It remained to be seen which part of West Indies' innings, the first three-quarters or the final quarter, would make a bigger impact on the result as Pakistan began their chase, in a knockout game to determine who would take on Sri Lanka in the first semi-final on Thursday. In the end, West Indies could have declared after 15 overs and still won.

The timing of the assault by Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy - they put on 71 in 32 balls, having come together at 81 for 5 in the 14th over - was a knockout blow to Pakistan. You could tell by the way Sammy pumped his fists after pounding Saeed Ajmal for a straight six in the 19th over. It wasn't arrogance or bravado. It was adrenaline.

It surged through the entire West Indies team, and some of it was still coursing through Krishmar Santokie's blood when he pinged Ahmed Shehzad's front toe plumb in front of middle stump with an inswinging yorker, first ball of the chase.

Shehzad, an unbeaten centurion in his previous game, was out for a duck. Pakistan never recovered. They were yet to take a run off the bat when Kamran Akmal faced up to Samuel Badree for the start of the second over, and two more dot balls provoked a scoop straight into wide mid-off's hands.

The pressure, in Badree's next two overs, got to Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik as well. Both were stumped, one foxed by a googly, one getting nowhere near the pitch of a legbreak. Pakistan were 13 for 4, and slipping to a painful defeat.

It had started so well for Pakistan. Their bowlers were on target, their fielders were buzzing, and West Indies were barely switched on. As usual, they weren't rotating the strike.

Before this match, singles and twos - they hadn't yet taken a three - had constituted 32% of West Indies' runs in the tournament. Their percentage wasn't just the lowest among all the Super 10 sides, but an outlier as well. Eight of the teams had scored 40% or more of their runs by actually running them.

The Powerplay brought West Indies the first three of their tournament, and four singles. Not all of their 24 dot balls, though, were the result of hitting to fielders. Some of them came via Sohail Tanvir's awkward angle across the right-handers, exaggerated by some late away-swing.

Having been beaten three times in a row - the last two balls of the second over and the fourth ball of the fourth, when he came back on strike - Dwayne Smith tried to run the ball to third man and only managed an edge to the keeper.

By then, West Indies had already lost Chris Gayle, who came hesitantly down the pitch and thrust a hesitant bat at an offbreak from Mohammad Hafeez. After that stumping, Hafeez's T20 record against Gayle looked like this: six balls, one run, three wickets.

At some points, it appeared as though West Indies were better off not taking the singles. Lendl Simmons, who kept the innings going in the early stages with a 29-ball 31, was out twice to the same ball. He wasn't given when he was struck on the back pad trying to cut a skidder from Shahid Afridi, but the third umpire had an easier decision to make when Umar Gul's direct hit caught him short as he tried to sneak a leg bye.

Gul nearly had another run-out when Bravo cut Afridi straight to him and took off for a quick single. His throw just missed the stumps at the bowlers' end. Either side of that, West Indies had lost Marlon Samuels and Ramdin. West Indies were five down, Pakistan were on top, and their spinners were rushing through the overs.

West Indies took 23 from the 16th and 17th overs, but their run rate had only just gone above six an over. Pakistan were still in control. When Bravo hit the first two balls of the 18th over for six, though, something seemed to change. Gul had sent down two poor balls - length and back-of-a-length - and followed up with a wide as he tried to compensate with the yorker. That over went for 21.

Even Ajmal was rattled. The pair in the middle was powerful and seemingly irresistible, but Ajmal, trying to hurry them by bowling quicker and flatter, completely lost his length. Bravo smashed him for two big sixes, and Sammy hit him over his head for another before drilling one surgically between extra cover and the sweeper for four.

Four years ago in Gros Islet, Michael Hussey had taken 23 runs off five balls from Ajmal to send Pakistan hurtling out of the 2010 World T20. This over cost Ajmal one more run, and sealed Pakistan's fate in the same way.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ESPN on April 3, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    You win some and you lose some!! WI beat us in last 5 overs their batting if we got wicket when they going after our bowler then...,,well done windies Our selection didn't help though

  • rock on April 3, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    pakistan's win against Aus is one off purely due to the brilliance of Umar Akmal.. agaisnt a below par bowling attack of Aus considering the conditions..

    Many here have called the right call after the first match agaisnt India.. saying.. pak will crash out of the tournament .. fans shud be happy that Pak has won atleast 2 matches ..

    If pak team doesnt play any test cricket outside UAE and subcontinent conditions...when will the team develop.. winning the matches in UAE and when the opposition doesnt have key players and counting them as good progress will further the dampen the team in near future.. Did we all forget how Pak is whitewashed(if I may use the term) in Champions trophy? now thrown out from World T20.. This will continue till the mediocre wins are appreciated and if players are continued based on these performances.. let see what happens in WC 2016

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Magnificent win by the West Indies over Pakistan.They are peaking at the right time. An overall team effort. Those who thought they would roll over and die must be lost for words now. The semi final will be mouthwatering. Sri Lanka must not be underestimated as they are a good team, but confident West Indies will come out with all guns blazing. I'm gunning for the West Indies to reach the finals. Badree was today ranked number one bowler by the ICC. Sri Lanka bowlers will have a lot to say about that tomorrow. Can't wait for the match to begin.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    Shoaib Malik why is he always in the team after repeated failures,just seeing him in the team is very frustrating,umar gul,sohail tanvir are more of a utility bowlers no pace bilawal bhatti would have been a better choice as he was available .umar akmal should open with Shehzad only way he can learn to play Responsibly.Hafeez should bat no. 6

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Pakistan is out of the Semi Race. They deserved that. Being a die hard Pakistani fan, I always wanted to see my country's flag in Finals/Wining the Title. But the true is bitter then what everybody was thinking. When Pakistan played their first match against India, it was clear that they are not in the winning frame of mind. Pakistan was overrun in all the departments during this tournament. They played street cricket. Batsmen were unable to take pressure and bowlers kept bowling short deliveries on batters heaven. Not even a single Paki player is even on top 10 on WorldT20 Stats. Teams like India, South Africa or Srilanka are the deserving ones to reach the finals and play for the title carrying their positive attitude, right set of minds and skills. T20 is all about setting quick goals, and whoever will lack, will be left behind. Which in Pakistan's case was barely there. Now Hafiz should step back and give others the chance to lead.

  • Android on April 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    sl will meet india at the final

  • VIJAY on April 2, 2014, 18:15 GMT are saying Tahir will trouble Indian batsmen...ha ha dont joke you think India does not play spin just like NZ and Pak....if you give chasing for India, they will be on top and they love chasing a total always (defeated in very few matches while chasing in past 4 years, remember they have chased highest total in tremendous pressure situation of WC 2011), if you say them to defend the total, they will do it (as you told them to do so in Aus match)...till now they have not faced any tough situations in this T20 WC (all teams have faced this situation)...clearly they are the favourites to win the title...WI can give very good fight to them in finals...

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Its hard to say between India vs S Africa . we have c n saf Batting St and bowl both were good but Indians Bowl was at top good and we yet not c n Indian batsmen putting a BIg score on board expect Virat, Happy thing is Yuvi is back in form we hope e will bring some brightness to Indian batting line up. Sa is not a good players of Spin in Asian pitchs we already seen it and the record shows it too .... Wi vs Sl means it will be great to watch the Match one side their will b a Big hitters (wi) another side is filled with Exp and tallent (sl)... Sl Batsmensss can score.. but Wi batmen can score and make a match one side we all seen them doing they really hve a big Guns like Gayle , Smith ,Bravo Etc... even a fast bowl can bat and score around 10 to 16 runs in over so it will make a big different , Sl have a bowl who can take 2 to 3 wicket in a over so it will be a Wi Bat vs Sl Bow.. India vs SA it will be 60/40... india as a chance to go for Final. Wi vs Sl it will 50/50 . both r good,.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Congratulations to the WI team on an all around victory against a usually dangerous team. For those WI fans who're always trumpeting the "get rid of Sammy" tune, I guess this tune will now fall off the top ten chart for them. Sammy has been nothing short of spectacular with the bat so far. Without him WI would've been out of this tournament at this point. The good news is that WI is not reliant on Gayle alone to shoulder the batting. They are winning even though Marlon Samuels haven't struck it rich with the bat as yet. And don't overlook the brilliant stumpings done by Ramdin. YOu don't get too many second chances at stumping and Ramdin has made use of them all whenever they were presented. Hope WI continue this form through the finals. Pakistan will regroup and come strong again next time as they always do.

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Awaiting the semis, it will be very interesting...... Peace and Respect to all enjoy the t20..........