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Pakistan v West Indies

Re-live all the action from the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals with our over-by-over coverage from Mirpur from earlier today.

  • Thomas was trapped on the back foot there, hapless. It might have been worth a cheeky review, just for the sake of it. Afridi does another of his annoying Messiah / Flintoff type celebrations. He's on a hat-trick.
    3/23/2011 10:27:26 AM
  • West Indies 70-6 off 27 overs (Chanderpaul 22 Sammy 1)
    There’s no hat-trick, but Afridi has now taken 20 wickets this World Cup. That is staggering. Sammy gets a single to short fine leg.
    3/23/2011 10:28:49 AM
  • WICKET! Sammy the next, goes for 1!
    3/23/2011 10:30:46 AM
  • Ajmal gets Sammy lbw, just after Younis Khan dropped a hard catch at slip. Oh my.
    3/23/2011 10:32:03 AM
  • WICKET! Ajmal bowls Bishoo!
    Beats the gate with the doosra.
    3/23/2011 10:33:49 AM
  • West Indies 71-8 off 28 overs (Chanderpaul 22 Roach 0)
    What a shambles. Well bowled Ajmal, yes. Pakistan are doing to West Indies what the Windies did to Bangladesh.
    3/23/2011 10:35:03 AM
  • West Indies 74-8 off 29 overs (Chanderpaul 22 Roach 2)
    How on earth do West Indies play this now? Shiv gets a single off the first ball of the over, kindly exposing Roach to five balls. He does ok and there’s two leg byes from the last ball. Shiv needs to farm the strike here, obviously.
    3/23/2011 10:39:33 AM
  • West Indies 74-8 off 30 overs (Chanderpaul 22 Roach 2)
    Shiv plays out a maiden.
    Time for the batting powerplay? Why not.
    3/23/2011 10:41:00 AM
  • West Indies 80-8 off 31 overs (Chanderpaul 24 Roach 7)
    Roach plays a genuinely classy cut for four from the first ball of Afridi’s over. West Indies then pick up a few singles, so Shiv will be on strike next over.
    I know West Indies beat Ireland and all that, but just imagine if Ireland had not dropped Pollard early on, or Wilson had not been wrongly given out lbw, and had taken Ireland home (probably a 30% chance or so). This game would be a lot more interesting, that’s all I’m saying.
    3/23/2011 10:44:32 AM
  • West Indies 81-8 off 32 overs (Chanderpaul 25 Roach 7)
    Missed stumping! That’s the Akmal we all know. Was pretty regulation, but then Akmal’s misses often are.
    Shiv gets a single by dropping the ball into the leg-side from the fifth ball of the over.
    3/23/2011 10:47:08 AM
  • West Indies’ lowest World Cup score was 93, made when they were humiliated by Kenya in 1996. They might not beat it.
    It’s drinks now.
    3/23/2011 10:48:36 AM
  • West Indies 84-8 off 33 overs (Chanderpaul 27 Roach 8)
    It’s only right to acknowledge that Pakistan have been quite brilliant today, regardless of how dire West Indies have been.
    Anyway, there’s three singles from the over. The sensible play of this pair just emphasises how awful the rest of the batting has been.
    3/23/2011 10:55:27 AM
  • West Indies 87-8 off 34 overs (Chanderpaul 30 Roach 8)
    It’s only right to acknowledge that Pakistan have been quite brilliant today, regardless Hafeez is back on for his 9th over, and Shiv gets two, forcing the ball wide of long-off. Three from the over. West Indies REALLY REALLY should take the powerplay before they get bowled out. Shiv could hit a few past the infield and they could get a quick 30. This is beyond clutching at straws, but why not? Wait for the big hitters still to come?
    3/23/2011 10:58:43 AM
  • West Indies 90-8 off 35 overs (Chanderpaul 32 Roach 8)
    Three more singles (one a leg bye) can’t disguise the hopelessness of this situation. I guess Shiv deserves a bit of credit, even with a strike rate south of 40. Riaz looks a potential weak link in the semis – will Shoaib Akhtar be granted the chance of a perfect farewell?
    3/23/2011 11:03:16 AM
  • West Indies 91-8 off 36 overs (Chanderpaul 33 Roach 8)
    A single from the first ball of the over to Shiv, who works through midwicket. Hafeez is rushing through this over, and finishes with the wonderful figures of 10 overs, 3 maidens, 2-16.
    3/23/2011 11:05:15 AM
  • West Indies 100-8 off 37 overs (Chanderpaul 37 Roach 13)
    I really think Afridi is missing a trick by not bowling Gul or himself now, because Riaz doesn’t look in the same class. He’s decent enough but I couldn’t see sides spending hours worrying about how to play him, though a steer from Roach goes straight to where second slip would (and first slip, Younis Khan, just gets a hand onto it).
    West Indies actually get 9 from the over, as Roach hits a fine flick for four from the last ball of the over. So the 100 is up, and their lowest World Cup total has been surpassed.
    3/23/2011 11:14:46 AM
  • West Indies 101-8 off 38 overs (Chanderpaul 38 Roach 13)
    Umar Gul is back, and Shiv picks up a single from a decent over. Razzaq to come on now – West Indies may as well attack him.
    3/23/2011 11:16:06 AM
  • West Indies 103-8 off 39 overs (Chanderpaul 39 Roach 13)
    I guess they’re hoping to sneak up to maybe 160, which would be a good effort in light of being 71/8 but still pretty hopeless. And, of course, even that modest score is a long way away.
    Shiv hits a neat single to long-on – there’s no real intent as yet. Razzaq helps a little, bowling a legside wide, Pakistan’s 7th. Roach, it must be said can bat a lot better than an ODI average of 6 would suggest. I’m trying to find the “positives” for West Indies, you see. It’s not easy.
    3/23/2011 11:20:41 AM
  • West Indies 104-8 off 40 overs (Chanderpaul 40 Roach 13)
    Just one from the over, to Chanderpaul. Only 10 overs left.
    3/23/2011 11:25:10 AM
  • West Indies 107-8 off 41 overs (Chanderpaul 41 Roach 14)
    It must be said this is incredibly negative from Pakistan. Razzaq continues even though Ajmal and Afridi both have two overs left. Singles are easy to get – often there’s only four men in the ring. Three of the over – one a leg bye.
    3/23/2011 11:29:05 AM
  • West Indies 111-8 off 42 overs (Chanderpaul 43 Roach 16)
    Afrdi is back. I sort of understand why they’re making it so easy for Shiv to score singles, but there’s no attempt to get Roach out really. A slip really should be in place. And so there’s another easy 4 singles from the over. This stand’s worth 40 – slowly, yes, but still a bit annoying for Pakistan.
    3/23/2011 11:32:39 AM
  • WICKET! Roach caught by Younis Khan at mid-wicket off Razzaq
    3/23/2011 11:33:39 AM
  • He really, really didn't need to do that. I know West Indies were crawling to 140, but that's a lot better than being bowled out for 115. He should have continued to give the strike to Shiv, who should have taken the powerplay and tried to get a move on. Now it could be all over next ball.
    3/23/2011 11:35:00 AM
  • West Indies 111-9 off 43 overs (Chanderpaul 43 Rampaul 0)
    Rampaul plays the over out well enough. Batting powerplay, anyone?
    3/23/2011 11:37:00 AM
  • WICKET! Rampaul's bowled round his legs for 0 by Afridi, who gets 4 more wickets.
    3/23/2011 11:39:09 AM
  • So ends an utterly miserable innings. West Indies bowled out for 112 in 43.3 overs. Pakistan therefore need 113 to win in 50 overs, at a not-too-arduous 2.26 an over. Even allowing for Pakistan being Pakistan, they will get this 49 times out of 50, at least. Feel free to leave a comment or email (timwigmore(at) - I'll be back after the interval to watch the inevitable.
    3/23/2011 11:41:34 AM
  • About to start the Pakistan reply. How long will it take them?
    3/23/2011 12:25:11 PM
  • Pakistan 11/0 off 1 over (Akmal 1 Hafeez 10)
    Akmal gets a single from the first ball, steering Roach to third man. Hafeez – who has now opened the bowling and batting today - then slaps him over point for four. The third ball goes for two from a cut, before a wonderful on-drive gets another boundary. The last two balls are dots, but this could be over very, very quickly.
    3/23/2011 12:30:03 PM
  • Pakistan 25/0 off 2 overs (Akmal 6 Hafeez 14)
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    Anything’s got to be better than this – Rampaul’s first two balls go for four, as four leg byes are followed by a fine, forceful cut forceful cut from Akmal. After a wide and a single, Hafeez then flicks one for four. 25 runs! It took West Indies 13 overs to get that many.
    3/23/2011 12:36:20 PM
  • Pakistan 30/0 off 3 overs (Akmal 11 Hafeez 14)
    DROPPED CATCH! It was difficult – Hafeez tucked into a cut and it went through Pollard’s huge hands for four. Roach needs to find that fast, swinging yorker – and fast. A steer to third man means Pakistan have 30 off only 3 overs.
    3/23/2011 12:39:18 PM
  • Pakistan 33/0 off 4 overs (Akmal 12 Hafeez 16)
    Bangladesh’s fans all seem to be supporting Pakistan, so they’re having a great time. That’s some decent fielding on the boundary from Roach, keeping Hafeez’s cut down to two. Pakistan are scoring a lot of runs backward of point.
    3/23/2011 12:44:13 PM
  • Pakistan 43/0 off 5 overs (Akmal 20 Hafeez 18)
    This is now quite painful to watch – nine more from the over, the highlight a force through point from Akmal or four. AND IS THAT A DROPPED CATCH? Think it clipped Hafeez’s bat as he was strangled down leg, but Thomas put it down behind the stumps. Dear me.
    3/23/2011 12:48:29 PM
  • Pakistan 43/0 off 6 overs (Akmal 20 Hafeez 18)
    After their ridiculous sequence of results this tournament, everyone labelled England the new Pakistan. Pakistan, after ending Australia’s 12-year unbeaten run in World Cups and just destroying the Windies here, look like the new Australia. Which leaves Australia – the new England? I might be wrong but that seems about right.
    Bishoo, who looks a classy leg-spinner, twirls through a maiden.
    3/23/2011 12:50:42 PM
  • Pakistan 43/0 off 7 overs (Akmal 20 Hafeez 18)
    Darren Sammy, who looks like an inferior bowler and batsman to Andre Russell, who he’s keeping out of the side, comes on. It’s a decent over without being particularly threatening – military medium of the Mark Ealham variety – and it’s actually another maiden.
    3/23/2011 12:53:41 PM
  • Pakistan 51/0 off 8 overs (Akmal 20 Hafeez 26)
    Bishoo looks like he has a great future. He’s 25 and some of his stats in West Indian domestic cricket (admittedly not the strongest competition in the world) are fantastic, including 29 wickets in 12 one-day games, at an average less than 14. Inevitably he then bowls a disgusting long-cut which Hafeez gives the treatment. He then steers yet another four, through third-man again. 62 more to win – I give it 10 overs.
    3/23/2011 12:57:24 PM
  • Pakistan 55/0 off 9 overs (Akmal 24 Hafeez 26)
    Akmal with another dominating cut, for which he earns four more. That’s the 9th four these two have scored. West Indies managed only 7, and 1 six. I wonder if this could be Sammy’s last game as captain? Not that any replacements spring to mind, unless West Indies go back to Chris Gayle. Unless they go for Darren Ganga, the Mike Brearley of West Indian cricket. He struggles as a batsman but is a wonderful captain. Sammy looks a distinctly uninspirational captain, quite apart from his own struggles with bat and ball.
    3/23/2011 1:01:36 PM
  • Pakistan 58/0 off 10 overs (Akmal 24 Hafeez 29)
    Good lofted straight drive from Hafeez, some clever fielding from Rampaul limits it to three runs. This is a horrendous match. Why can’t England play every game?
    3/23/2011 1:04:08 PM
  • Pakistan 66/0 off 11 overs (Akmal 27 Hafeez 34)
    I don’t know why Sammy’s still bowling – with Roach there is always a slim chance he’ll bowl three brilliant yorkers. The best ball is rubbish down the legside, which Hafeez tucks away for an easy four. Akmal gets a three, as he times the ball sweetly wide of long on. 47 runs from 234 balls to win.
    3/23/2011 1:08:58 PM
  • Pakistan 73/0 off 12 overs (Akmal 28 Hafeez 40)
    An English county could do much worse than sign Bishoo, who has plenty of loop. But the last ball’s a touch short and Hafeez smashed it to mid-wicket for four more.
    3/23/2011 1:11:33 PM
  • Pakistan 75/0 off 13 overs (Akmal 29 Hafeez 41)
    Goodness me, West Indies have had some low moments over the past 15 years or so, but this is really something else. Two more off Sammy’s over.
    3/23/2011 1:16:25 PM
  • Pakistan 81/0 off 14 overs (Akmal 30 Hafeez 46)
    Bishoo continues. Hafeez rocks back and claims another boundary form the first ball. A good ball then rips but doesn’t quite carry to slip. Will Pakistan win by 10 wickets?
    3/23/2011 1:19:51 PM
  • Pakistan 85/0 off 15 overs (Akmal 33 Hafeez 47)
    More Sammy, and Akmal gets two through deep backward point. Hafeez, who will be on strike, needs only three for 50 at better than a run-a-ball.
    3/23/2011 1:24:16 PM
  • Pakistan 85/0 off 16 overs (Akmal 33 Hafeez 47)
    I think everyone just wants this over and done now. What a hideous anti-climax. West Indies in many ways have the makings of a decent team. In Gayle and Pollard they have two wonderfully explosive players. In Sarwan and Chanderpaul, both miserably out of form it must be said, two classy and experienced men in the middle order, while Darren Bravo will be a very fine player. His brother Dwayne is a vivacious allrounder. For the first time in years and years, they have two genuinely threatening spinners in Benn (very unlucky not to play today) and Bishoo. Roach has x-factor with the ball. I just think they lack any belief they can beat the big sides.
    Rampaul bowls a good over, respectfully played out by Hafeez.
    3/23/2011 1:28:29 PM
  • Pakistan 87/0 off 17 overs (Akmal 34 Hafeez 48)
    Roach returns, and there are two from the over.
    When all are fit, this could be a decent West Indies one-day side for after the World Cup, albeit slightly short on batting:
    Gayle, Smith, Barath, Bravo, Bravo, Pollard, Thomas, Russell, Benn, Roach, Bishoo
    3/23/2011 1:32:47 PM
  • Pakistan 95/0 off 18 overs (Akmal 34 Hafeez 56)
    Hafeez reached an excellent 50 with four from Rampaul, and celebrates with a brilliant cover drive from the next delivery. He’s quite a player, but it all makes his ODI average of 22 hard to explain. A pointless drinks break with just 17 more needed. They’ll be done in 2 overs anyway!
    3/23/2011 1:36:54 PM
  • Pakistan 99/0 off 19 overs (Akmal 38 Hafeez 56)
    Roach’s first ball is top-edged by Akmal for four. Akmal is then hit in the ribs as he attempts to pull Roach for more runs. There’s not going be enough runs left for him to get his 50. That says it all.
    3/23/2011 1:43:57 PM
  • Pakistan 106/0 off 20 overs (Akmal 42 Hafeez 59)
    The hundred partnership is up; apart from that dropped catch from Pollard off Akmal, they haven’t been threatened at all. Great pull for four to end Rampaul’s over. That was positively disdainful from Akmal.
    3/23/2011 1:48:16 PM
    Pakistan 113/0 off 20.5 overs (Akmal 47 Hafeez 61)

    Is this the most one-sided World Cup knockout game ever? Roach still has a 91mph bouncer left in him though. He has a bright future, in spite of the mauling his side have suffered here. Akmal finishes it all off with another excellent cut for four.
    3/23/2011 1:51:12 PM
  • Well, that wasn't the game we all hoped for. What a hideous anticlimax. Roll on Pakistan though. They could very well win the thing, though I'm not sure they can keep this standard up for two more games. Still, the weakness in their batting was the opening pair, and they certainly had a good workout today.
    3/23/2011 1:54:36 PM
  • For West Indies, it's hard to know what to say. They have now lost 20 games in a row against the top 7 sides, dating back to July 2009. That really is some run. As I alluded to below, they do have some good players - certainly a more varied and threatening bowling attack, on paper at least, than for about a decade (though anyone who's followed them since will know that isn't saying much). They were pretty clinical against the minnows, especially Bangladesh, suggesting it's more than a case of them simply being rubbish. I know their batting is leaden with flaws, but I think reasons for their performances are a bit more complex. I think they can't remember how to win against the big boys.
    3/23/2011 1:58:50 PM
  • I'm off now, but you can join me again tomorrow at 845 for India v Australia. That really should be a cracker and, in spite of today's tedium, I can't wait.
    3/23/2011 2:00:05 PM
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