Pakistan v WI, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur April 1, 2014

The Afridi-Gul synchronised double slide

Plays of the day for the World T20 match between Pakistan and West Indies in Mirpur
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The dismissal
Mohammad Hafeez had bowled five deliveries to Chris Gayle and dismissed him twice before in T20 internationals. The first ball of his second over was the first time he bowled to Gayle in this match. It was tossed up, and drew Gayle out of his crease. Even as the batsman lunged clumsily in an attempt to play it, it spun past him and Kamran Akmal did the rest. Six balls to Gayle from Hafeez, and three dismissals.

The double slide
We often see the joint chase nowadays where two fielders run after a ball, one of them slides and instantly lobs it to the other who gets the throw in quicker. This was synchronization of a different kind. Soon after Gayle departed, Lendl Simmons punched Hafeez square on the off side. Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi raced after it. Afridi put in a slide and stopped the ball. But he had no one to lob it to, as Gul had gone down on the ground at exactly the same time next to Afridi, in the same manner. The legspinner stood up and himself threw the ball to the keeper.

The advisors
Dwayne Bravo went after Gul in the 18th over, hitting the first two balls of the over for sixes. The captain Hafeez ran up to his bowler to have a few words. Gul sprayed the next ball wide outside off. This time, it was Afridi who had something to tell Gul. Following a yorker, Gul bowled it wide again, and was hit for four over point. Now Sohail Tanvir decided his fellow quick bowler needed him, and trotted across to have his say.

The deceptive blow
West Indies' onslaught was in full flow when Darren Sammy heaved at Tanvir in the last over. It was a flattish hit, but the way it hung in the air, the fielder at long-on thought he had a chance. It seemed to have slowed down further, and he even took a few steps forward to make sure it would not fall short. It was deceptive, though. In the end, it cleared the fielder quite comfortably.

The delivery
After having conceded 82 runs off the last five overs, another shock awaited Pakistan right at the start of the chase. Krishmar Santokie might be strictly medium in pace but that did not matter as he sent down an inswinging yorker first up that curled in late towards middle stump. Before Ahmed Shehzad - who had made an unbeaten hundred in Pakistan's previous game against Bangladesh - could bring his bat down on it, it had struck him on the boot, plumb in front.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 2, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    west indies can turn the tables for sure..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 2, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    How long Pakistan can adjust with Afridi,Shoaib, Hafeeze, Akmal etc. It seems like they are not able to find proper replacements for them from 179.2 million!

  • on April 1, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Nic to see sliding,but the has to be a spin bowler not a fast,he bowled almost a fast bowler he is a spinner he should spin the bowl in last over he bowled when he just faster and faster and muscle by sammy and bravo,like misra and aswen they bowled spinning delieveries but ajmal what have you done not learnt by hassy s over yet

  • on April 1, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Darren Garvey Julius Sammy is the man. He is playing splendid cricket.

  • Vijay_P_S on April 1, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Seriously, these guys can make some synchronized Olympics team. Even the running before the slide was synchronized.

  • on April 1, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    i do not understand why Hafeez is captain as he has no control ,a weak personality like him deserved this. There must be a stronger captain to lead Pakistan like Shahid Fridi.

  • ProdigyA on April 1, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    The double side was a treat to watch, pretty cool... Though not a pak fan, I have to say, pak played really well till 15th over. I saw the full match and was impressed by pak till that point. Even their fielding was good.

    I think pak relied too much on ajmal but once he was taken to the cleaners by Bravo and Sammy, they were shocked. That was the turning point of the match, they were like knockout punches which mentally knocked pak out of the game and they never regained after that.

  • on April 1, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Fantastic game West Indies!!!. It seem as though the deeper into the tournament they go, the more cohesive and aggressive a unit they become. Watch out Sri Lanka!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    The synchronised double slide by Afridi and Umar Gul was priceless hahaha. It was a gem ! something to remember this World T20 by.

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    The pity of it all is that WI did not need all that Blast off after the 15th Over, where they scored 82 runs off last 5, since Pakistan gave it up in the first 6 overs itself and got bowled out for 82. Poor Saeed Ajmal was spanked thoroughly by Bravo and Sammy. He contributed 25 % of WI score !

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    west indies can turn the tables for sure..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 2, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    How long Pakistan can adjust with Afridi,Shoaib, Hafeeze, Akmal etc. It seems like they are not able to find proper replacements for them from 179.2 million!

  • on April 1, 2014, 22:24 GMT

    Nic to see sliding,but the has to be a spin bowler not a fast,he bowled almost a fast bowler he is a spinner he should spin the bowl in last over he bowled when he just faster and faster and muscle by sammy and bravo,like misra and aswen they bowled spinning delieveries but ajmal what have you done not learnt by hassy s over yet

  • on April 1, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Darren Garvey Julius Sammy is the man. He is playing splendid cricket.

  • Vijay_P_S on April 1, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Seriously, these guys can make some synchronized Olympics team. Even the running before the slide was synchronized.

  • on April 1, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    i do not understand why Hafeez is captain as he has no control ,a weak personality like him deserved this. There must be a stronger captain to lead Pakistan like Shahid Fridi.

  • ProdigyA on April 1, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    The double side was a treat to watch, pretty cool... Though not a pak fan, I have to say, pak played really well till 15th over. I saw the full match and was impressed by pak till that point. Even their fielding was good.

    I think pak relied too much on ajmal but once he was taken to the cleaners by Bravo and Sammy, they were shocked. That was the turning point of the match, they were like knockout punches which mentally knocked pak out of the game and they never regained after that.

  • on April 1, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Fantastic game West Indies!!!. It seem as though the deeper into the tournament they go, the more cohesive and aggressive a unit they become. Watch out Sri Lanka!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 1, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    The synchronised double slide by Afridi and Umar Gul was priceless hahaha. It was a gem ! something to remember this World T20 by.

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    The pity of it all is that WI did not need all that Blast off after the 15th Over, where they scored 82 runs off last 5, since Pakistan gave it up in the first 6 overs itself and got bowled out for 82. Poor Saeed Ajmal was spanked thoroughly by Bravo and Sammy. He contributed 25 % of WI score !

  • Ali_Chaudhary on April 1, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    MagicianĀ“s magic worked today again. Once again he knock outs us single handedly. Keep it up Ajmal

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    wait for the Indian match and all WI flare will be gone. NO?

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    No words to say. One of the worst ever game played by Pakistan. it was a total mess after 15 overs of west indies innings

  • Srivasri1 on April 1, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    It will be a awesome fight WI Vs SL. Cant wait to see Herath,Kula,Sena,Mendis Vs Badree,Sunil, Santokie. Batting is a big difference , WI have damn good hitters can take away game at any moment.

  • rayinto on April 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Santokie, Badree and Narine are an awesome combination. Combine that with the clinical hitting from Bravo & Sammy and Pakistan had no chance.

  • WAiWiA on April 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    The double slide was so funny. Gul and Afridi must have been practicing ballet or figure skating.

    Match would have been so much better if Pak gave WI a fight for the semi final spot.

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    that double slide was good. dont know what was gul was doing there. Pakistan have not performed in pressure recently. all games where something was at stake they have lost.

    after 2007 world cup they reached to semis on almost all ( except CT2013) but never went to final only twice and won only 1. that tells the story. Need mental strength.

    That is why they are not consistent. 2 good games and 1 loss will come. But its the matter in which that loss comes. no fight at all. Just looked shell shocked.

  • BigINDFan on April 1, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    It would have been funny if Gul's slide sent the ball over the boundary, wonder if Boom Boom would have boomed! The Advisors part was hilarious - the more people talked to Gul the worst his bowling got. Why is he in the team again? It is funny that Windies scored 82 in the last 5 overs which was good enough for Pak. Gayle will sigh in relief :-)

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Well played WI. deserved this. PAK had good game for 15 overs but after that its all about WI. thats what make WI dangerous side. They have so many power hitters in their batting line up. you think you have taken 5 out but its not over yet. last 5 overs some poor bowling by Pak. 82 runs against ajmal & gul was poor.

    In batting , it was all poor . they were mentally out of it before they started. there were articles & comments from people about Ahmed, Umar after their innings but look at the way they played today. Looked like some one playing 1st ever game.

    Kamran & malik were selected for some reasons only known to selectors. No role in playing 11 and no contributions at all. Both should be left out for ever now.

    hafeez has really poor event. consistency is a thing which he never had. Poor & shameful performance. Maqsood looks all at sea after his early few innings. going no where like this.

    They lost it mentally even before the chase started. were all at shock.

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Love to see west indies dominating the T20 format!!!!!This the best format for their style of play and today's performance proves it all

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  • on April 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Love to see west indies dominating the T20 format!!!!!This the best format for their style of play and today's performance proves it all

  • on April 1, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Well played WI. deserved this. PAK had good game for 15 overs but after that its all about WI. thats what make WI dangerous side. They have so many power hitters in their batting line up. you think you have taken 5 out but its not over yet. last 5 overs some poor bowling by Pak. 82 runs against ajmal & gul was poor.

    In batting , it was all poor . they were mentally out of it before they started. there were articles & comments from people about Ahmed, Umar after their innings but look at the way they played today. Looked like some one playing 1st ever game.

    Kamran & malik were selected for some reasons only known to selectors. No role in playing 11 and no contributions at all. Both should be left out for ever now.

    hafeez has really poor event. consistency is a thing which he never had. Poor & shameful performance. Maqsood looks all at sea after his early few innings. going no where like this.

    They lost it mentally even before the chase started. were all at shock.

  • BigINDFan on April 1, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    It would have been funny if Gul's slide sent the ball over the boundary, wonder if Boom Boom would have boomed! The Advisors part was hilarious - the more people talked to Gul the worst his bowling got. Why is he in the team again? It is funny that Windies scored 82 in the last 5 overs which was good enough for Pak. Gayle will sigh in relief :-)

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    that double slide was good. dont know what was gul was doing there. Pakistan have not performed in pressure recently. all games where something was at stake they have lost.

    after 2007 world cup they reached to semis on almost all ( except CT2013) but never went to final only twice and won only 1. that tells the story. Need mental strength.

    That is why they are not consistent. 2 good games and 1 loss will come. But its the matter in which that loss comes. no fight at all. Just looked shell shocked.

  • WAiWiA on April 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    The double slide was so funny. Gul and Afridi must have been practicing ballet or figure skating.

    Match would have been so much better if Pak gave WI a fight for the semi final spot.

  • rayinto on April 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Santokie, Badree and Narine are an awesome combination. Combine that with the clinical hitting from Bravo & Sammy and Pakistan had no chance.

  • Srivasri1 on April 1, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    It will be a awesome fight WI Vs SL. Cant wait to see Herath,Kula,Sena,Mendis Vs Badree,Sunil, Santokie. Batting is a big difference , WI have damn good hitters can take away game at any moment.

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    No words to say. One of the worst ever game played by Pakistan. it was a total mess after 15 overs of west indies innings

  • on April 1, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    wait for the Indian match and all WI flare will be gone. NO?

  • Ali_Chaudhary on April 1, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    MagicianĀ“s magic worked today again. Once again he knock outs us single handedly. Keep it up Ajmal