West Indies clueless against spin
Stats highlights from Pakistan's emphatic quarter-final victory over West Indies
- Pakistan have reached the World Cup semi-final for the sixth time, which equals the record which is held by Australia. If Australia beat India, it'll be their seventh semi-final.
Pakistan notched up a ten-wicket win for only the third time in ODIs. It was their first in a World Cup game, and their first against West Indies. For West Indies too, this was their first ten-wicket drubbing in a World Cup game and against Pakistan. Overall, it's only the fourth time they've been beaten by ten wickets. The margin in terms of balls left in the second innings is also the third-largest for West Indies. West Indies generally struggled against spin in this tournament, and that problem came to the fore again today against a Pakistan attack which had three quality spinners. In the 27.3 overs they bowled, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal returned combined figures of 8 for 64. Overall in this tournament, West Indies had much poorer numbers against spin than they did against the fast and medium-pace bowlers.
West Indies against pace and spin in World Cup 2011
| Only twice have West Indies been bowled out for less than 112 in a World Cup - their lowest total remains 93 against Kenya in 1996. In their three lowest totals, Shivnarine Chanderpaul has top-scored in two, and been the second-highest scorer in the third. West Indies' ten-over score of 18 is the second-lowest in the tournament so far, next only to Canada's 14 for 3 against Zimbabwe. In those ten overs, West Indies played out 52 dot balls, and managed only three fours and five singles. Afridi's 4 for 30 is his fourth haul of four or more wickets in this tournament, which is by far the most in a single World Cup. Hafeez's spell of 2 for 16 in ten overs is the most economical by a bowler who's bowled at least five overs in this World Cup. Among those who've bowled ten overs, the next best is 23 runs, by George Dockrell against Bangladesh, and by Shahid Afridi against Canada. Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan both finished with strike rates of less than 60. Among batsmen who faced at least 200 deliveries in this World Cup, only one batsman - Canada's Zubin Surkari - has a lower strike rate. (Click here for the full list.)
S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo