World Cup - Pakistan crush insipid West Indies

Wed, 23 Mar 13:59:00 2011

Pakistan trounced a dismal West Indies by 10 wickets to reach the World Cup semi-finals in emphatic fashion in Dhaka.

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West Indies produced an hopelessly inadequate display with the bat to be skittled out for just 112 from 43.3 overs, and Pakistan had no problems knocking off the runs in rapid time.

Shahid Afridi's side were expected to face a tough encounter in the first of the last eight matches, but Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez obliterated the West Indies bowling to reach their target without loss after just 20.5 overs.

Pakistan now await the winner of the second quarter-final clash between co-hosts India and Australia on Thursday in their semi-final on March 30 in Mohali.

The victory ensures the 1992 winners reach their sixth World Cup semi-final appearance which equals Australia's record at the tournament.

The onus at the start of play was on West Indies opener Chris Gayle, but the belligerent left-hander could only muster eight runs as his side were swiftly reduced to 16 for three.

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul compiled circumspect knocks of 24 and 44 respectively, but only Kemar Roach managed to hit double figures thereafter in a shambolic showing from Ottis Gibson's side.

Afridi was again the star with the ball for Pakistan, and the tournament's leading wicket-taker took another four scalps to take his overall tally to an extraordinary 21 and surpass Imran Khan's Pakistan record at a single World Cup. Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez also chipped in with a brace apiece.

Between the trio, Pakistan's slow bowlers boasted figures of eight-for-64 off 27.3 overs and gave another example of how there is a threat from every part of the attack. 

Pakistan's reply was swift, clinical and ultimately ruthless as Akmal plundered 47 and Hafeez bludgeoned 61 in an assured opening partnership which had enough conviction and impetus to take Pakistan past their opponent's paltry total.

It was a crushing defeat for Darren Sammy and his side after the West Indies skipper had promised to delight his compatriots having won the coin toss earlier in the day.

Pakistan progress to the last four brimming with confidence, and with a team spirit which was so patently devoid among their despondent opponents.

Pakistan's comprehensive win means their first trip to India since 2007 to face either the co-hosts or the defending champions in Mohali. Both India and Australia would be loathe to underestimate Afridi's increasingly buoyant side.

Dan Quarrell / Eurosport

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