DHAKA, Bangladesh, Tuesday April 1, 2014, CMC – Defending champions West Indies crushed Pakistan by 84 runs in their final preliminary game, to reach the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 Championship here Tuesday.
Opting to bat first in the must-win encounter at the Shere Bangla Stadium, West Indies recovered from a sluggish start to post a challenging 166 for six off their 20 overs.
The Caribbean side then produced an imperious bowling display to bundle Pakistan out for 82 off 17.5 overs, to record their biggest ever win in T20 Internationals.
Leg-spinner Samuel Badree was magical with the new ball, claiming three for ten from his four overs while the World’s number one T20 bowler, off-spinner Sunil Narine, picked up three for 16 from his quota.
West Indies will now face Sri Lanka in the first semi-final on Thursday.
They had earlier recovered from a slow start to plunder 82 runs from the last five overs, with Dwayne Bravo smashing a top score of 46 from 26 deliveries and captain Darren Sammy, cracking an unbeaten 42 from just 20 balls.
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.
D Smith c wkp Kamran Akmal b Sohail Tanvir 8
C Gayle st Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 5
L Simmons run out 31
M Samuels b Shahid Afridi 20
D Bravo run out 46
+D Ramdin c Umar Akmal b Zulfiqar Babar 5
*D Sammy not out 42
A Russell not out 0
Extras (lb4, w5) 9
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 166
Did not bat: S Narine, S Badree, K Santokie.
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Gayle, 2.1 overs), 2-22 (Smith, 3.5), 3-61 (Simmons, 10.1), 4-67 (Samuels, 10.4), 5-81 (Ramdin, 13.5), 6-152 (Bravo, 19.1)
Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-15-1, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-27-1, Zulfiqar Babar 4-0-27-1, Shahid Afridi 4-0-23-1, Umar Gul 2-0-29-0, Saeed Ajmal 4-0-41-0.
Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Santokie 0
+Kamran Akmal c Bravo b Badree 0
*Mohammad Hafeez c Gayle b Russell 19
Umar Akmal st Ramdin b Badree 1
Shoaib Malik st Ramdin b Badree 2
Sohaib Maqsood st Ramdin b Narine 18
Shahid Afridi st Ramdin b Narine 18
Sohail Tanvir c Sammy b Narine 14
Umar Gul c Simmons b Santokie 4
Saeed Ajmal b Russell 1
Zulfiqar Babar not out 3
Extras (w2) 2
TOTAL (all out, 17.5 overs) 82
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ahmed Shehzad, 0.1 overs), 2-1 (Kamran Akmal, 1.3), 3-9 (Umar Akmal, 4), 4-13 (Shoaib Malik, 5.3), 5-37 (Mohammad Hafeez, 10.3), 6-42 (Sohaib Maqsood, 11.3), 7-74 (Sohail Tanvir, 15.2), 8-75 (Shahid Afridi, 15.5), 9-78 (Saeed Ajmal, 16.5), 10-82 (Umar Gul, 17.5)
Bowling: Santokie 2.5-0-9-2, Badree 4-0-10-3, Samuels 3-0-21-0, Russell 3-0-15-2, Narine 4-0-16-3, Smith 1-0-11-0
Result: West Indies won by 84 runs.
Points: West Indies 2, Pakistan 0.
Man-of-the-Match: Dwayne Bravo.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Ian Gould, Richard Kettleborough; TV – Marais Erasmus.