West Indies 166-6 (Bravo 46, Sammy 42no) beat
Pakistan 82 (Badree 3-10) by 84 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group Two, Dhaka
West Indies thrashed Pakistan by 84 runs in the final Super 10 game to reach the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2014.
At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, the defending champions put on a wonderful display to first overcome a poor start and score 166 for six in their allotted 20 overs, and then bowled out the opposition for just 82 runs in 17.5 overs.
This means that the West Indies will now face Sri Lanka in the first semi-final on Thursday. In the second semi-final on Friday, India will take on South Africa.
Chasing 167, Pakistan got off to a horrific start, with centurion from the last game Ahmad Shehzad out for a first-ball duck, trapped LBW by Krishmar Santokie (2-9).
Samuel Badree (3-10) then struck three more blows – Kamran Akmal (0), Umar Akmal (1) and Shoaib Malik (2) – all back in the dugout by the sixth over and the chase as good as dead.
Skipper Mohammad Hafeez (19) and Sohaib Maqsood (18) played around a bit, but they had to go for big shots sooner than later, and it brought about their dismissals.
When Shahid Afridi came to bat in the 11th over, it was too much left to do, even by his standards. He struck a few lusty blows into the stands, scoring 18 runs off 12 balls with two tall sixes, but the day belonged to West Indies who soon wrapped up the innings and booked their place in the semis as Andre Russell (2-15) and Sunil Narine (3-16) wrecked the lower order.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. It was Pakistan though who got off to a great start, dismissing big-hitting openers Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith within the first four overs, as the scoreboard read 22 for two.
It brought Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels together, and the duo batted sensibly to stem the rot.
They rotated the strike, looking for the odd aggressive shot, helping the run-rate climb back up as the 50-run mark came up in the eighth over.
They added 39 runs for the third wicket, before falling within six runs of each other in the 10th over.
Simmons scored 31 runs off 29 balls, with two fours and two sixes, while Samuels made 20 off 18 balls, with one four and one six. Dinesh Ramdin’s dismissal, for just five runs, put them back to square one as only 84 runs had come off the first 15 overs.
The fireworks came thereafter as Dwayne Bravo and skipper Darren Sammy came together. They took 11 runs off the 16th over, 12 off the 17th, 21 off the 18th, 24 off the 19th and 14 runs off the last over of the innings, as a mammoth 82 runs came in the last five overs.
Sammy and Bravo went on an insane hitting rampage, adding 71 runs for the fifth wicket. The 100-run mark came as late as the 17th over, while the 150-run mark then came up quickly in the 19th over.
Sammy was unbeaten on 42 runs off 20 balls, with five fours and two sixes, while Bravo was the last man out in the 20th over. He scored 46 runs off 26 balls, with two fours and four sixes.
The shell-shocked Pakistan bowlers did manage to take a few wickets early on, with Mohammad Hafeez (1-15), Sohail Tanvir (1-27), Zulfiqar Babar (1-27) and Afridi (1-23) sharing the spoils.
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