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By Nishad Pai Vaidya
Apr 1, 2014
A late surge by Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy helped West Indies score 166 for six against Pakistan in their crucial ICC World T20 2014 game at Mirpur. West Indies stuttered earlier after being put into bat, but then, in the last five overs they hammered 82 runs.
There was a lot of talk about spin coming into this game, but credit has to be given to Sohail Tanvir for building up the pressure. Pakistan did start with Mohammad Hafeez, but it was Tanvir who set the tone for them. Chris Gayle was welcomed by huge cheers and he did start off with a boundary. But then, he was dismissed while trying to walk down the pitch and was stumped off Hafeez.
Tanvir had flirted with Dwayne Smith’s bat early on as he beat him a few times. Ultimately, he had him fishing outside the off-stump and was caught behind. Tanvir’s spell read one for 13 in three overs then. Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons got together and were moving along gradually. Simmons was the more aggressive of the two. They were going at a run-a-ball. And then they stuttered.
Simmons and Samuels fell in quick succession. Bravo walked out and was batting with Denesh Ramdin. But then, they found themselves in further trouble when Ramdin holed out to the deep. At 81 for five in 14 overs, things looked bleak.
Sammy and Bravo started off with caution. Then with them being 107 in 18 overs, Bravo unleashed his fury. Umar Gul was carted for 21 runs in that over as Bravo smashed two huge sixes and a well carved four behind point. Then, Hafeez turned to Saeed Ajmal, his trump-card. But, that over was even worse as they carted 24 runs.
Bravo rocked back twice to Ajmal and carted him over mid-wicket for sixes. And to cap it off, Sammy sent one into the stands at long on. Bravo was run-out off the first ball of the last over for 46, but then Sammy ended the innings in a flourish, spoiling Tanvir’s figures.
West Indies 166 for 6 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 31, Marlon Samuels 20, Dwayne Bravo 46, Darren Sammy 42*; Shahid Afridi 1 for 23, Zulfiqar Babar 1 for 27) vs Pakistan.
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