Pakistan perhaps could not even believe that they had such an easy clash against the West Indies. The West Indies were at their notorious act again as Pakistan’s bowlers walked all over them in a ten wicket victory that took Pakistan into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi finals.
Pakistan entered the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarterfinal match knowing they had to be at the best to avoid a slip up from here on in the knock out matches. While they were expected to overpower West Indies, the manner in which West Indies presented such feeble effort with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi final berth at stake will undoubtedly disappoint their Caribbean fans.
Pakistan, on the other hand, could not be more elated as they go into the semi finals for a possible match against India or Australia depending on the second quarterfinal tomorrow in Ahmedabad. Pakistan will feature for a sixth time in a semi final in ten World Cup appearances.
The trouble began very early for the West Indies as Chris Gayle slapped two boundaries only to let himself and his team into a trap to Umar Gul. From fourteen for one, West Indies’ story turned into a horror tale as three wickets went down for only sixteen runs. West Indies were in greater trouble when they lost wickets off successive balls in twenty-seventh over as the Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi, found himself on a hat trick, taking the crucial wicket of Kieron Pollard as West Indies slumped to sixty-nine for six.
The twenty-ninth over yielded not a dissimilar result as Saaed Ajmal, brought in for this match, picked up two wickets in the same over to send West Indies cartwheeling at eight for seventy-one. Apart from the one batsman who remained unbeaten, Shivnarine Chanderpaul on forty-four, West Indies had no answer, bowled out for 112, as Afridi picked up four wickets with Mohammad Hafeez chipping in with two wickets of his own.
Thereafter Pakistan showed that West Indies’ efforts to bat out for forty-three overs was labour in vain as Pakistan completed a ten wicket win with Kamran Akmal making up in bat for his struggles in the wicket keeping department with forty-seven unbeaten runs in a bid to help resolve Pakistan’s opening batting problems. Hafeez’s contribution of sixty-one runs won him the Man of the Match as Pakistan finished the formalities in one ball short of twenty-one overs.