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.
Over 20 - WI 166/6 (Sammy 42, Russell 0)
WICKET! Bravo is run out off the first delivery of the final over, having swung himself clean off his feet attempting to hit Tanvir out of the park. Sammy calls for the single, despite Bravo lying prone on the ground, and by the time Bravo is up and running the ball has been hurled at the non-striker's stumps. But Sammy remains, and he swings merrily to add 14 more runs from the over. What hitting!
Over 19 - WI 152/5 (Bravo 46, Sammy 28)
Phew, this one's even bigger! Ajmal is meant to be Pakistan's trump card, but he's been dispatched for a massive 24 runs in this over, with both Bravo and Sammy indulging their adventurous sides. Bravo picks up where he left off in the previous over, swatting two fearless, outrageous sixes before handing the strike to Sammy. The hefty St. Lucian bludgeons another six over wide long on, and then swings his forearms through a length delivery to pick up four more through extra cover. Carnage! This partnership is already worth 71.
Over 18 - WI 128/5 (Bravo 33, Sammy 17)
Bravo is on the charge! He takes 21 runs from Gul's over with some audacious hitting. He starts by launching the first ball, a full one, back over Gul's head for six, and immediately adds six more by leaning back to slap a shorter one well in front of square. But he's not done there, and after digging out a yorker he laces a drive up and over point. Placement and swift sprinting bring a brace of twos from the final deliveries. This is the over West Indies needed!
Over 17 - WI 107/5 (Bravo 13, Sammy 17)
Yet more success for Sammy, though he enjoys some welcome good fortune as well. He lines up Ajmal for another swipe to midwicket, and the top edge flies in the opposite direction but past the wicketkeeper and away for four. Some very hard running brings two more after Sammy nudges the ball through midwicket, and he ends the over by chopping a cut out to deep point ... where Tanvir lazily sticks a boot out but can't stop the ball. What was I saying about Pakistan's fielding earlier?
Over 16 - WI 95/5 (Bravo 13, Sammy 6)
West Indies have to go for just about everything now, and in this over from Babar both Bravo and Sammy manage to find a welcome boundary, though in contrasting style. Bravo opens the over by stepping back and lifting the left-arm spinner over extra cover in his trademark style, while Sammy is also in character when he winds up with a massive back-lift and crunches the ball past midwicket.
Over 15 - WI 84/5 (Bravo 9, Sammy 1)
Tip-and-run cricket from Sammy and Bravo as Ajmal rushes through his second over. There aren't any big shots, with both batsmen just looking to lay bat on Ajmal's many variations. Ajmal ends the over with a screeching appeal, just about rending the skies of Dhaka, but the umpire is unmoved. It may have been spinning down the leg side, and Sammy survives ...
Over 14 - WI 81/5 (Bravo 7, Sammy 0)
WICKET! West Indies are crumbling under the relentless pressure of Pakistan's spin hydra. There's simply no room to breath: overs are completed in a flash, there's very little pace to work with and a claustrophobic ring of fielders near the bat. Ramdin strikes out in desperation at left-arm spinner Babar, but he can only pick out Umar Akmal in the deep.
Over 13 - WI 78/4 (Bravo 5, Ramdin 4)
Pakistan's fielding has been energetic so far this evening, and that can often be an indication of how their batting and bowling might follow. Gul has cause to aim another shy at the stumps in Afridi's third over, but this time the throw just misses and Bravo survives. There's been a lot more intensity from Pakistan so far.
Over 12 - WI 74/4 (Ramdin 3, Bravo 2)
Babar returns, with two new batsmen to bowl at, and Ramdin and Bravo do their best to work the ball around the field and get West Indies up and running again.
Over 11 - WI 69/4 (Ramdin 2, Bravo 0)
WICKETS! These sorts of things happen when Shahid Afridi is bowling. He might've had Simmons lbw with the first ball of the over, and the batsman is indeed dismissed before another ball is bowled - though not lbw. As the umpire is considering the appeal, Samuels calls Simmons through for a single, but Gul's throw shatters the non-striker's stumps with Simmons short of his ground. Samuels strikes back with an imperious strike down the ground for six, but then gives it away by chopping the ball onto his own stumps. Two wickets in the over put Pakistan right on top!
Over 10 - WI 61/2 (Simmons 31, Samuels 14
Saeed Ajmal comes on for his first over of the evening, and it's not long before he exhibits his offspin variations with a doosra. It's immediately apparent that Simmons can't pick him, but he and Samuels do at least survive the over unscathed.
Over 9 - WI 58/2 (Simmons 30, Samuels 13)
Right, a sense of urgency is now starting to creep into West Indies' batting. There's a shot a ball in Afridi's second over, and though the boundary they're seeking isn't found Simmons and Samuels still take seven from the over.
Over 8 - WI 51/2 (Simmons 27, Samuels 9)
Umar Gul replaces Tanvir, and his first four deliveries are good ones. He even hurries an advancing Simmons with his pace, striking the batsman a stinging blow on the glove. But Simmons connects with the next one, sending the ball over wide long on for six to keep West Indies ticking over.
Over 7 - WI 43/2 (Simmons 20, Samuels 8)
Shahid Afridi rushes through his first over of bustling legspin, and quickly shows why he's such an effective Twenty20 bowler. His changes of pace are massive, with his quickest ball in his first over being more than 100kph, and he's also nicely accurate. Without the width or length to really get him away, the batsmen contend with ones and twos.
Over 6 - WI 39/2 (Simmons 19, Samuels 5)
Counterpunch from Samuels! Tanvir is kept on for a third over in his opening spell, and after exchanging singles with Simmons, Samuels stands at the crease and hammers a full, wide ball through extra cover for four. It's only a minor dent in Tanvir's figures, but West Indies need more of that.
Over 5 - WI 32/2 (Simmons 18, Samuels 0)
Zulfiqar Babar is wheeled out to bowl his left-arm spin for the first time tonight, but it appears his style is to Simmons' liking. He has a cut shot intercepted by a diving Shehzad at point but then heaves a slog sweep into the stands beyond midwicket and, out-thinking the bowler, then steps back to place another cut more successfully for four more. Will tonight be Simmons' night? West Indies need someone else from their top order to stand up after the failures of both Gayle and Smith. And look again at that scoreline: with all the boundaries, there have only been six singles in five overs. Again, West Indies are struggling to rotate.
Over 4 - WI 22/2 (Simmons 8, Samuels 0)
WICKET! Tanvir strikes! He's been mesmerizing with the new ball tonight, and has just reward with the dismissal of Smith. Delivery after delivery pitched on a perfect length, angling across the right-hander, before he poked and, finally, was caught behind. Tanvir completes the over in style, bursting yet another one past Samuels' outside edge. Smith played a couple of powerful strokes, but never really convinced in this short innings.
Over 3 - WI 21/1 (Smith 8, Simmons 7)
WICKET! That's what Hafeez was hoping for! Gayle steps out at one that's floated up to him outside off stump, ball spins past bat and Akmal whips the bails off. Gayle actually started off with his back foot outside of the crease, and went even further. What was he thinking? Hafeez has now bowled six deliveries at Gayle in Twenty20 internationals and dismissed him ... three times! Smith and Simmons appear unfazed by the wicket, each man collecting a boundary with confident-looking shot-play. And between times, Afridi and Gul complete a remarkable, synchronized fielding effort at the boundary.
Over 2 - WI 10/0 (Gayle 5, Smith 4)
A probing first over from Sohail Tanvir at the other end. He starts off too straight to Gayle, and the left-hander whips him neatly to the fine leg boundary. But Tanvir tightens up noticeably, beating Gayle's outside edge and, when he hands the strike to his right-handed partner, beating Smith's too.
Over 1 - WI 4/0 (Smith 4, Gayle 0)
Mohammad Hafeez opens the bowling with his offspin, no doubt hoping to have a crack at Chris Gayle before he gets going. But it's Dwayne Smith on strike first up, and he doesn't find Hafeez an overly daunting prospect. His third ball is tonked over mid-on for four, but those are the only runs in the over. It's worth keeping an eye on these dot balls - West Indies have struggled to rotate the strike in previous games, relying mainly on boundaries, and that tactic could backfire against Pakistan's varied attack.
1. Kamran Akmal (wk), 2. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Mohammad Hafeez (c), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Sohaib Maqsood, 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Sohail Tanvir, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Zulfiqar Babar, 11. Saeed Ajmal.
1. Smith, 2. Gayle, 3. Samuels, 4. Simmons, 5. Bravo, 6. Ramdin (wk), 7. Sammy (c), 8. Russell, 9. Narine, 10. Badree, 11. Santokie.
Well, the news is that there is no news: both teams are fielding unchanged XIs. Or perhaps that's news in itself? Either way, it's understandable that neither side would want to disrupt their rhythm with major changes.
West Indies have won the toss, and Darren Sammy has decided to bat first. It's an interesting call, given what's just happened in the match before this one, but Sammy clearly believes West Indies have more firepower than Bangladesh. Which they do. They also have Narine, Badree and even Santokie to exploit any grip there might be in the surface this evening.
Hello and welcome to the second WT20 match of the day. Unlike the earlier game, this one actually means something, with the winner going through to the semi-finals and the loser hopping on a plane home.
- 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|