Pakistan steamroll West Indies by 10 wickets

West Indies were jolted by early wickets in the first World Cup quarter-final match against Pakistan at Mirpur.

By CricketCountry Staff

Mirpur: Mar 23, 2011

Pakistan cruised into the World Cup semi-finals with an emphatic ten-wicket win over West Indies at Mirpur. Openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez chased down the target of 113 in 20.5 overs. Earlier, Pakistan bowled out West Indies for a paltry score of 112.

Mohammad Hafeez scored 61 off 64 balls and Kamran Akmal 47 off 61 balls, as the two chased down the small target with 29.1 overs remaining. In their reply, Pakistan were off to a flier scoring 58 runs in 10 overs.

Mohammad Hafeez started the Pakistan innings garnering 11 runs off Kemar Roach s first over hitting two boundaries, and Kamran Akmal soon got into the act, hitting a couple.

Earlier, West Indies surrendered to the Pakistan spinners. Skipper Shahid Afridi took four for 30 with Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez scalping two each. Big-hitting Chris Gayle was the first to go in the third over, falling to Umar Gul in the third over for 8.

West Indies suffered a further setback when Devon Smith was trapped in front of the wicket by Hafeez, who opened the bowling with Gul. Hafeez soon claimed his second wicket when he got rid of Darren Bravo.

Middle-order mainstays Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul then cautiously rebuilt the innings but Pakistan negated the advantage when Afridi cleaned up Sarwan for 24.

Chanderpaul was the only batsman to have put up a fight against the Pakistani bowlers, scoring the innings highest 44.

Brief Scores: West Indies 112 all out in 43.3 overs (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 44*, Ramnaresh Sarwan 24; Shahid Afridi 4 for 30, Mohammad Hafeez 2 for 16, Saeed Ajmal 2 for 18) vs Pakistan 113 for no loss in 20.5 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 61*, Kamran Akmal 47*)

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