W Indies vs Pakistan
West Indies won by 84 runs
This was West Indies' biggest win in Twenty20 internationals, and it looks as though the men from the Caribbean may be peaking at just the right time. They'll certainly be hard to get past in this sort of form. When their top order fails, their allrounders bail them out, and their bowling attack has some of the best Twenty20 specialists in the world. They'll be playing Sri Lanka - a team with similarly strong Twenty20 credentials - in the first semi-final on April 3rd. The second semi, between South Africa and India, will be on April 4th. We hope you've enjoyed today's commentary, and please do join us again for those matches!
Over 17.5 - Pak 82 all out
WICKET! It's all over. Santokie ends Pakistan's innings, Gul slogging him out to Simmons at deep midwicket. This is a real hammering.
Over 17 - Pak 79/9 (Gul 3, Babar 1)
WICKET! Ajmal shuffles right across his stumps to Russell, setting himself for a paddle to fine leg, and the bowler aims the ball straight at the stumps to pick up his second wicket. Just one more to go.
Over 16 - Pak 75/8 (Gul 1, Ajmal 0)
WICKETS! Start the tuk-tuk, this match belongs to West Indies now. Sunil Narine has snaffled both Tanvir and Afridi in his final over. Tanvir was first to go, slogging out to Sammy at deep midwicket, while Afridi telegraphed his intentions to go down the pitch at the bowler. Narine duly fired down a much, much quicker ball well wide of off stump, and Ramdin completed the dismissal with some sharp work behind the stumps.
Over 15 - Pak 74/6 (Afridi 18, Tanvir 14)
Darren Sammy proffers Dwayne Smith's gentle medium pace, and both Tanvir and Afridi accept the invitation to go for their strokes. Tanvir starts things off with a hack past wide long on for four, and Afridi closes out the over with an enormous, 95-metre six over midwicket. But with just 11 coming from the over, the required rate still goes up to 18.60. It's worth mentioning that, in terms of runs, Pakistan aren't actually too far behind the position West Indies were in at this point, but Afridi can't get all these runs on his own. Can he?
Over 14 - Pak 63/6 (Afridi 12, Tanvir 9)
Neither batsman appears entirely sure of Narine's variations, and they're lucky that none of their mistimed attacking strokes land in the fielders' hands. With just six runs coming off the over, the required rate goes up to 17.33.
Over 13 - Pak 57/6 (Tanvir 7, Afridi 8)
Samuels is called upon once more, and Afridi responds with a muscular short-arm jab that sends the ball sailing over square leg for six. In classic fashion, Afridi might have been run out immediately afterwards after being struck on the pad and wandering aimlessly out of his crease, but Santokie's throw goes wide. The boundary is all well and good, but it won't cause any panic for West Indies. Pakistan need two or three of those an over now.
Over 12 - Pak 48/6 (Afridi 0, Tanvir 6)
WICKET! Maqsood's struggle against Narine is brought to an end. After blocking one, and driving one into the covers where the ball was stopped by a diving Gayle, Maqsood looked to launch the third ball into the stratosphere. Running down the wicket he, of course, got nowhere near it and Ramdin completed a simple stumping. Tanvir swings a six to midwicket, but this situation is utterly dire for Pakistan. But I can only think of one player who might find hope in this situation. His name is Shahid Afridi, and he's at the crease now.
Over 11 - Pak 42/5 (Maqsood 18, Afridi 0)
WICKET! Hafeez' grinding knock comes to an end. He was yet to hit a boundary today, and presumably aimed to do so against Russell when he swiped at a full ball and top-edged the stroke. Gayle settled underneath it, and held the simple chance. Pakistan's innings falls a little further off the rails, and one might now begin to wonder if they'll even last the full 20.
Over 10 - Pak 35/4 (Hafeez 17, Maqsood 13)
Hafeez reverse-sweeps Narine's first delivery to short third man for a single, exposing Maqsood to the dangerous offspinner. It quickly becomes apparent that Maqsood hasn't much of a clue which way the ball is going to spin, and there's an appeal for a stumping before he plays inside a carrom ball and almost loses his off stump. He has more luck before the over's up, top edging a sweep that lands in no-mans land.
Over 9 - Pak 32/4 (Hafeez 15, Maqsood 12)
Andre Russell can often be rather expensive, but his first over today is a frugal one. He steams in off his long run and aims, almost exclusively, for yorker length deliveries. With the field spread, Hafeez and Maqsood manage to dig the ball out into a few of the gaps to collect four singles. In case you hadn't noticed, West Indies haven't even bowled their best bowler, Sunil Narine, yet. But it looks like he'll bowl the next one ...
Over 8 - Pak 28/4 (Hafeez 13, Maqsood 10)
Badree completes his work for the day, and comes very close to grabbing a fourth wicket. He beat Hafeez in the flight with his fourth delivery, the batsman missing a sweep, but the ball spun away just enough to miss the off stump. Take a blow, Badree, you've been superb. He finishes with figures of 4-0-10-3, and he's put his side into a position from which they should win this game.
Over 7 - Pak 23/4 (Hafeez 11, Maqsood 7)
Finally, Maqsood finds the boundary for Pakistan. Samuels was asked to continue, and dropped one short to the right-hander, who rocketed it very high over wide long-on for six. That, incredibly, is Pakistan's first boundary. There were 26 dot balls in their Powerplay ...
Over 6 - Pak 13/4 (Hafeez 8, Maqsood 0)
WICKET! Can Badree do no wrong? He has a third wicket, and it's practically gift-wrapped by Malik, who danced down the track, heading for the leg side, even as Badree speared one in wide of off. With the ball already spinning away from the bat, Malik had practically no chance of reaching it. Brainless. And from this position, Pakistan need 11 an over.
Over 5 - Pak 11/3 (Hafeez 7, Malik 1)
Marlon Samuels is brought on for some early work with the new ball, cobbling together a tidy over of offspin. Though the field restrictions are still in place, neither Hafeez nor Malik are willing to take the aerial route with their team in this dire position.
Over 4 - Pak 9/3 (Hafeez 6, Malik 0)
WICKET! And another! Badree has flummoxed Umar Akmal with a googly. After yet another quiet over, Akmal attempted to break the shackles by charging out at the bowler. But he played for a legbreak, and the ball zipped in the opposite direction, between his bat and his pads. It didn't hit the stumps, but Ramdin caught it and whipped the bails off himself. West Indies are playing like World Champions now.
Over 3 - Pak 8/2 (Hafeez 5, U Akmal 1)
Another tight over from Santokie, and the required rate has already rocketed over 9. He's still swinging this new ball, but he's also mixing up his pace and cutting the odd delivery across the right-hander. With Ramdin up to the stumps, and a tight ring of fielders on the off side, there's not a lot that Hafeez can do in this over without taking a big risk. From this position, Pakistan will have to believe that they can resurrect their innings as West Indies did.
Over 2 - Pak 3/2 (Hafeez 1, U Akmal 1)
WICKET! And Badree follows suit! After two blocks, Kamran Akmal advances at the legspinner and looks to swat him over mid-off ... but instead squirts the ball straight to Bravo in the covers. Bravo immediately starts a merry celebration jig, joyously bouncing the ball from hand to hand before being embraced by his team-mates. This is electric stuff from the West Indians.
Over 1 - Pak 1/1 (Hafeez 0, Akmal 0)
WICKET! Santokie strikes first ball! What a start. His first delivery was yorker length and swinging in to the right-handed Ahmed Shehzad. The batsman couldn't get his bat down in time, though Santokie isn't exactly express, and was struck flush on the boot. The ball would've crashed into the base of middle stump, Hawkeye shows, and the umpire's decision is an easy one. The only run off the over comes as Santokie swings one too far down the leg side.
End of innings
What an incredible resurgence from the West Indies. Their early exchanges with Pakistan's attack appeared to suggest a somewhat rudderless, hit-or-miss approach after both Gayle and Smith failed. Samuels and Simmons rebuilt the innings, but slowly, and after 15 overs West Indies were just 84 for 5. Thanks to Sammy and Bravo, they just about doubled that in the last five. But will it be enough to overcome Pakistan? Join us in 10 minutes or so for the chase.
- 1st Apr 2014
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
- Shere Bangla National Stadium
- R A Kettleborough, I J Gould
- TV Umpire
- M Erasmus
- Match Referee
- R S Madugalle
- Reserve Umpire
- H D P K Dharmasena
pakistan BATTING CARD
|A. Shehzad||lbw Santokie||0|
|K. Akmal||c Bravo b Badree||0|
|M. Hafeez||c Gayle b Russell||19|
|U. Akmal||s Ramdin b Badree||1|
|S. Malik||s Ramdin b Badree||2|
|S. Maqsood||s Ramdin b Narine||18|
|S.S.M.K. Afridi||s Ramdin b Narine||18|
|S. Tanvir||c Sammy b Narine||14|
|U. Gul||c Simmons b Santokie||4|
|S. Ajmal||b Russell||1|
|Z. Babar||Not out||3|
|Total||All Out, 17.5 Overs||82|