West Indies book ticket to Semi-finals of the T20 World Cup
The last stage of the super 10 group matches have now seen their fair share of low scoring encounters. Right after last night’s Sri Lanka knocking out the New Zealand team for just 60 odd runs, tonight the West Indian’s bundled out the Pakistan team for a mere 82 to register a comprehensive victory in their virtual quarterfinal and set a clash with the Lankan nation on Thursday evening .
Earlier in the day, the West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bat first. First up the West Indies faced a top order meltdown and were certainly looking down the barrel before skipper Sammy and Man of the Match Darren Bravo did a remarkable rescue act in timely fashion adding up a crucial 71 runs of just 32 deliveries after the West Indies side lay tottering up at 81 for the loss 5 wickets and finally setting up a challenging target of 167.
a jubliant team west indies celebrate after beating Pakistan ,
securing a semi final berth
Bravo smashed a blazing 46 runs of just 26 balls as he took the attack to the opposition with his relentless swinging of the willow and consequently dispatching the kookaburra all over the park. He struck 2 fours and 4 massive sixes in his decisive knock. He was ably supported by skipper Sammy whose fireworks filled 42 was equally as important as it helped them post the above par target.
The match began with the celebrated opener Chris Gayle failing to deliver as he got out of the first ball to opposite skipper Mohammad Hafeez as he chased a wide one and missed it completely. Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal was quick to rip the balls off and bring about his downfall. His opening partner Dwayne Smith was a bit uneasy facing the awkwardly angled deliveries of Sohail Tanvir and finally perished nicking one to keeper Akmal.
Lendl Simmons did strike a few meaty blows but alongside out-of-form Marlon Samuels they could only add 39 runs in 6.2 overs. Simmons hit 2 towering sixes before being unfortunately run out .Reeling at 67 for four in the 11 the over, it soon became 81 for five as Denesh Ramdin after scoring just 5 tried to slog Babar and was caught at deep mid-wicket by Umar Akmal.
His downfall brought Bravo to the crease and he started his innings by lifting Umar Gul for a six straightaway and followed it over with a pull shot over mid-wicket.
Till the 17th over, Pakistan looked in complete control but then mayhem strike .The 18th and 19th over, bowled by Gul and Saeed Ajmal respectively, produced a game changing 45 runs and the final 3 overs an unbelievable 59 runs.
In reply, Pakistan never recovered after losing their last match hero against Bangladesh Ahmed Shahzad who was leg before to Krishmar Santokie off the first ball of the innings
Samuel Badree removed Kamran Akmal in the second over, Umar Akmal in the fourth and Shoaib Malik in the sixth to leave Pakistan stammering for breath at 13-4.
Skipper Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood fell in successive overs to make it 42-6, before Narine removed Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir in four balls to hasten the end.
In the end the Pakistan team bundled out for just 82 runs inside17.5 overs and no player managed to reach even 20, with only captain Hafeez scoring a slow poke 19 off 32 deliveries.
This is the first time Pakistan, runners up of inaugural edition of the world cup in 2007 and winners of its 2009 edition failed to reach the knockout phrase of the tournament and now board an early flight home as Defending champions West Indies would square off against Sri Lanka in Dhaka on 3rd for a place in the final on Sunday.
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