Windies blow away Pakistan to make semis
DHAKA, Bangladesh, – West Indies marched into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 Championship with the swagger of defending champions, by ruthlessly disposing of Pakistan by 84 runs here Tuesday.
Opting to bat first in the must-win contest at the Shere Bangla Stadium, West Indies produced a late blitz to reach 166 for six, with Dwayne Bravo smashing a top score of 46 from 26 deliveries and captain Darren Sammy, cracking an unbeaten 42 from just 20 balls.
West Indies then wrecked the Pakistan with potent mix of seam and spin, to bundle them out for 82 off 17.5 overs. Captain Mohammed Hafeez top scored with 19.
Leg-spinner Samuel Badree was magical with the new ball, claiming three for ten from his four overs while off-spinner Sunil Narine, picked up three for 16 from his quota.
Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie finished with two for nine and fellow seamer Andre Russell, two for 15.
The margin of victory was the biggest for West Indies in T20 Internationals, and set the tone for a compelling semi-final against Sri Lanka on Thursday – a rematch of the 2012 final.
“We’re improving with every game. There is still room for improvement but we’re playing good cricket and quite happy to be in the semi-finals,” Sammy said afterward.
A semi-final spot looked unlikely when Pakistan used a telling bowling performance to restrict the Caribbean side to 84 for five at the end of the 15th over. However, Man-of-the-Match Bravo and Sammy launched a ferocious assault, as the Windies plundered 82 from the last five overs.
Their frenetic sixth wicket stand of 71 required just 34 deliveries, and proved to be the catalyst of the West Indies innings after another sluggish performance from the top order batsmen.
Lendl Simmons chipped in with 31 from 29 balls while Marlon Samuels struggled with 20 from 18 balls, but big-hitting opener Chris Gayle (5) and his partner Dwayne Smith (8) were both dismissed cheaply.
Gayle was lured from his crease by off-spinner Mohammed Hafeez and stumped and Smith nicked probing left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir behind, as the Windies slumped to 22 for two in the fourth over.
Simmons and Samuels spent 38 balls adding 39 for the third wicket, leaving the Windies in a bit of a muddle at the half-way point, at 61 for two. Simmons, however, was run out at the start of the 10th over trying to steal a single and three balls later, Samuels’s toil ended when he dragged on to leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.
Denesh Ramdin (5) lasted ten balls before holing out in the deep as West Indies stumbled to 81 for five at the end of the 14th.
Bravo then took matters into his own hands. He twice cleared the ropes with seamer Umar Gul in the 18th over that gushed 21 runs, and then combined with Sammy to take another 24 runs from the penultimate over sent down by the usually economical Saeed Ajmal.
Bravo was run out off the first ball of the final over but Sammy kept up the assault on Sohail Tanvir to get 14 runs, as the Windies finished strongly.
Santokie then gave West Indies the perfect start, trapping Ahmed Shehzad lbw first ball with a full length delivery. Badree continued the demolition job in the next over when new batsman Kamran Akmal drove to Bravo at mid-off, to also depart without scoring.
When Umar Akmal (1) and Shoaib Malik (2) were deceived by Badree in successive overs to give Ramdin the first two of his four superb stumpings, Pakistan were tottering at 13 for four in the sixth over.
There would be no recovery. Hafeez skied Russell to Gayle at cover for 19 off 32 balls and Sohaib Maqsood struck a four and a six in 18 off 22 balls before missing a lunge at Narine and being gobbled up by Ramdin, at 42 for six in the 12th over.
With the required run rate rising to 15, Shahid Afridi was Pakistan’s last hope but all he could manage was a pair of sixes in a 12-ball 18 before becoming Ramdin’s fourth stumping victim, as Narine squirted one wide.
West Indies Innings: 166/6 (20 Overs). Dwayne Bravo 46, Darren Sammy* 42*, Lendl Simmons 31, Marlon Samuels 20; Shahid Afridi 4-0-23-1, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-27-1, Zulfiqar Babar 4-0-27-1, Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-15-1.
Pakistan Innings: 82 All Out (17.5 Overs). Mohammad Hafeez* 19, Shahid Afridi 18, Sohaib Maqsood 18, Sohail Tanvir 14; Samuel Badree 4-0-10-3, Sunil Narine 4-0-16-3, Krishmar Santokie 2.5-0-9-2, Andre Russell 3-0-15-2.
West Indies won by 84 runs
D Smith c Kamran Akmal b Tanvir 8
C Gayle st Kamran Akmal b Hafeez 5
L Simmons run out (Gul) 31
M Samuels b Afridi 20
Dwayne Bravo run out (Kamran Akmal) 46
D Ramdin+ c Umar Akmal b Zulfiqar Babar 5
D Sammy* not out 42
A Russell not out 0
Total: 166/6 (20 Overs)
Extras: (lb 4, w 5) 9
Did not Bat: S Narine, S Badree, K Santokie.
Fall of Wickets 1-10 (Gayle, 2.1 ov), 2-22 (Smith, 3.5 ov), 3-61 (Simmons, 10.1 ov), 4-67 (Samuels, 10.4 ov), 5-81 (Ramdin, 13.5 ov), 6-152 (Bravo, 19.1 ov).
Pakistan Bowling: M Hafeez 2-0-15-1, S Tanvir 4-0-27-1, Z Babar 4-0-27-1, S Afridi 4-0-23-1, U Gul 2-0-29-0, S Ajmal 4-0-41-0.
Pakistan (Target; 167)
A Shehzad LBW Santokie 0
K Akmal+ c Bravo b Badree 0
Mohammad Hafeez* c Gayle b Russell 19
Umar Akmal st Ramdin b Badree 1
S Malik st Ramdin b Badree 2
S Maqsood st Ramdin b Narine 18
S Afridi st 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: 92 All Out (17.5 Overs)
Extras: (w 2) 2
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Ahmed Shehzad, 0.1 ov), 2-1 (Kamran Akmal, 1.3 ov), 3-9 (Umar Akmal, 3.6 ov), 4-13 (Shoaib Malik, 5.3 ov), 5-37 (Mohammad Hafeez, 10.3 ov), 6-42 (Sohaib Maqsood, 11.3 ov), 7-74 (Sohail Tanvir, 15.2 ov), 8-75 (Shahid Afridi, 15.5 ov), 9-78 (Saeed Ajmal, 16.5 ov), 10-82 (Umar Gul, 17.5 ov).
West Indies Bowling: K Santokie 2.5-0-9-2, S Badree 4-0-10-3, M Samuels 3-0-21-0, A Russell 3-0-15-2, S Narine 4-0-16-3, D Smith 1-0-11-0.
Result: West Indies won by 84 runs
Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to bat
Points: West Indies 2 | Pakistan 0
Man of the Match: Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) & Richard Kettleborough (England)
TV Umpire: Marais Erasmus (South Africa)
Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve Umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)