Windies go down to Pakistan

Dhaka, Bangladesh – West Indies suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final and have been eliminated from the tournament.

The Windies collapsed to 112 all out from 43.3 overs and the Pakistani’s then raced to 113-0 off just 20.5 overs to win by 10 wickets in front a superb crowd of close to 25,000 at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. They advanced to the semi-finals where they will play the winner of Thursday’s match between Australia and India.

Pakistan captain and leg-spinner Shahid Afridi led from the front with 4-30 to take his total to 21 wickets for the tournament and overhaul Imran Khan’s Pakistan record at a single World Cup. The Man-of-the-match award went to allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, who had taken two cheap wickets with his off-spin, then scored his maiden World Cup half-century with 61 not out as Pakistan dominated.

In the early stages West Indies were in trouble and slumped to 16-3 with Hafeez and seamer Umar Gul snapping up the wickets of the three left-handers Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo and Devon Smith – who ended the tournament with 300 runs in seven innings.

Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was the only batsman to dig in against the Pakistan attack, scoring an unbeaten 44 from 106 balls. From 16-3, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul took the total to 58 before Sarwan was caught by Umar Akmal off Afridi for 24. Afridi then dismissed Kieron Pollard (one) and Devon Thomas off consecutive balls.

Kemar Roach made his best ODI score of 16 at Number 10 and helped Chanderpaul to add 30 for the ninth wicket.

"We definitely not enough runs on the board. They bowled well at us. We didn’t counter the bowling well and hence we were bowled out for a low total. We lost wickets in clusters to spin through the tournament and today was no different. We were on the backfoot early and never recovered,” skipper Darren Sammy said.