Big day. Big game. What's West Indies' strategy?
West Indies recall Shivnarine Chanderpaul in place of Chris Gayle for their de facto quarter-final against Pakistan. #AprilFools— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) April 1, 2014
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.
Shoaib Malik on vacations with Pak Team #PakvWI— Zain Khan Lohani (@Xainooo) April 1, 2014
Pakistan got off to a superb start. Chris Gayle perished to his bugbear Mohammad Hafeez early.
Pakistan have not conceded a free hit in over 200 overs! HOLY FLASHING WICKETS BATMAN!— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 1, 2014
And then Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul produced a moment of comical magic on the field.
They lost points for Afridi's hat coming off. 6.5/10— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 1, 2014
floats like an afridi, glides like a gul… #wt20— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 1, 2014
I want Afridi and Gul to come to my wedding's dance practices, what coordination!!— Mia (@omgnashlol) April 1, 2014
All jokes aside, @icc could actually pitch synchronized fielding as an Olympic Event. Make more sense than curling that's for sure— Shoaib (@SillyTiddy) April 1, 2014
Meanwhile, Wasim Akram was taking some very pertinent questions from fans on Twitter.
#AskAkram Did you like the HIMYM finale? Were Ted and Robin meant to be together?— Rameez (@Sychlops) April 1, 2014
West Indies' recovery was slow in the face of some quality spin bowling.
Ajmal and Akmal appealing is straight out of a horror movie. Exactly when the killer draws open the shower curtain. #wt20— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) April 1, 2014
Lendl Simmons lay the early groundwork before being run out following a huge LBW appeal. West Indies held back their big hitters.
Was that an Lbw chance? Was that dropped by kakmal? Doesn't matter. Lendl Simmons tried every way possible to get himself out on that ball.— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) April 1, 2014
WI sent Ramdin in to face 11th over... They don't plan to win tonight #PakvWI— Pandith (@RudePandith) April 1, 2014
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.
Saeed Ajmaulled... #wt20— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) April 1, 2014
That was an amazing April's Fools prank from Saeed Ajmal.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 1, 2014
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.
"Run out by Kamran Akmal." Something usually only experienced by his batting partners! #WIvPAK— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 1, 2014
Sammy is undoubtedly the best finisher of the game after Dhoni and Duckworth Lewis.— Anand (@anandj_) April 1, 2014
dwayne bravo and darren sammy must be the most likeable destroyers in world cricket— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 1, 2014
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.
in the interest of fairness, after dedicating his ton to his critics http://t.co/Qa60AIIwNA ahmed shehzad should do the same for his duck!— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 1, 2014
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - K Akmal— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 1, 2014
Pakistan need to see off Santokie, Badree and Hafeez here.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 1, 2014
4 overs Pakistan 9/3.. InshAllah we can survive the first session and attack after lunch.— Hamster (@Hamster41) April 1, 2014
13 in the Powerplay equals the least by a Test-playing side in a T20I. WI had made the same score v Pak in Kingstown in 2013— S Rajesh (@rajeshstats) April 1, 2014
Fairly confident it is harder to NOT hit a boundary in the powerplay. Impressive— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) April 1, 2014
Why was it all going pear-shaped for Pakistan?
This is all happening because Shahid Afridi is never in the countdown.— Sarah (@SarahKn5) April 1, 2014
That explains it. Things didn't get better for a very, very long time.
Pakistan's score had spent more time in the awkward teens than I did.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 1, 2014
Pakistan are hitting some MONSTER 30 metre sixes!— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 1, 2014
Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik pottered along for an agonizingly long time, with Afridi chafing at the bit in the dug-out.
What is the meaning of this partnership? How to Troll Afridi 101?— Sidvee (@sidvee) April 1, 2014
If Mohammed Hafeez's 19 off 32 was an illness, it would be haemorrhoids. Painful for the duration, and embarrassing to speak of. #WIvPAK— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 1, 2014
Things kept getting worse for Pakistan, as did Afridi's outlook.
Afridi was seething that Maqsood played an aggressive shot and got stumped. How do you say "irony" in Urdu? #PAKvWI— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) April 1, 2014
Finally Afridi came out to bat.
Pakistan and Afridi have about 0.01% chance, but yet you HAVE to watch. Just in case...— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) April 1, 2014
104 needed off 36 balls with 4 wickets in hand. "Hang in there Pakistan," says Ramiz Raja on air. #wt20— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 1, 2014
You know things are bad when Afridi is your most CONSISTENT batsman of a tournament.— Umar (@Umar_Khan10) April 1, 2014
Alas, Afridi failed too.
Even the West Indians are too embarrassed to do the Gangnam.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) April 1, 2014
gul and afridi, synchronised batting didn't last #wt20— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) April 1, 2014
Pakistan's situation was so dire, even Indian fans were commiserating.
Come on guys, have some class. Just because Pakistan are doing badly in the game doesn't mean we should make fuHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA— oculus (@daddy_san) April 1, 2014
Not all of them, mind.
Pakistan eventually folded for 82 - which was exactly what West Indies made in the last 5 overs.
In hindsight, that was a supremely entertaining but utterly pointless partnership between Bravo and Sammy in the first innings. #WIvsPak— Deepak Narayanan (@deepakyen) April 1, 2014
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