Dhaka, March 23 (IANS) Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi missed a hat-trick, as the West Indies gave another display of brittle batting, failing to negotiate quality spin to be shot out for 112 in the first World Cup quarterfinal here Wednesday.
Electing to bat, the Caribbeans could never recover from early jolts, and lost wickets at regular intervals to fold up in 43.3 overs, setting Pakistan an easy target at an asking rate of only 2.26 runs before a large crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. It was the West Indies’ third lowest total in the World Cup.
For the third straight match, the once awesome West Indies batting collapsed. Against England Thursday, needing 22 runs from 53 balls for victory, West Indies lost their last four wickets for only three runs to lose the game by 18 runs. Pitted against India three days ago, they crumbled like cookies after a sound start, the last eight wickets falling for 34 runs.
But for Shivnarine Chanderpaul (44 not out), back in the team after staying out two matches, the West Indies scoreboard Wednesday would not have been in double digits. The short-statured batsman grafted all the way, hitting one six but not a single boundary during his 106-ball stay.
The 36-year-old Guyanese, playing his fifth World Cup, had only one blemish, when he benefited from Kamran Akmal missing an easy stumping chance. He held one end, as the procession of batsmen continued at the other, but finally ran out of partners.
The Pakistani spinners choked the West Indies willowers, as runs were hard to come by, and only seven boundaries were scored.
Afridi, the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, finished with 4-30 to take his tally to 21. Mohammed Hafeez (2-16) and Saeed Ajmal (2-18) provided the backup.
The West Indies’ woes began in the third over, with explosive Chris Gayle (8) failing to keep a an offdrive off Umar Gul down to be caught by Afridi.
Hafeez, who opened the bowling, then got a double success in his third over. The in-form opener Devon Smith (7) was trapped plumb legbefore the wicket off the first ball, while Dwayne Bravo also departed the same way three deliveries later as he was beaten by a drifter. The West Indies were then 16/3 in 5.4 overs.
Old warhorses Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan (24) tried to steady the ship with some gritty batting, putting on 42 runs, but could never get on top of the bowlers.
After Gayle’s boundary in the third over, the West Indies had to wait for 10 overs before Sarwan struck two fours off Wahab Riyaz.
The next boundary came after 17.2 overs, and by then, Sarwan and four other batsmen were back in the pavilion.
Sarwan (24, 68b, 2×4) spent some agonising moments against Afridi, and finally returned in the 25th over. Going for a square drive, he was foxed by the bounce and ended up in the hands of Umar Akmal at point.
Afridi got Kieron Pollard (1) and Thomas off back-to-back balls in his next over to be on a hat-trick, with the West Indies tottering at 69/6. However, skipper Darren Sammy averted the hat-trick.
Sammy did not last long, falling to Saeed Ajaml’s doosra in the next over. Ajmal fast-tracked the West Indies batting debacle by rattling Devendra Bishoo’s (0) bails with another doosra which hit the stumps sneaking through between bat and pad. The West Indies were reduced to a pitiable 8/71.
However, Roach (16) and Chanderpaul stretched the innings with a 40-run partnership that ended when the former threw his wicket away as he tried to hit Abdul Razzaq out of the ground.