In second Virtual Quarter Final in Two days, this time in Group 2, played between West Indies and Pakistan. With a muscular hitting by Sammy and Bravo towards the end powered West Indies to good total of 166. Later while chasing Pakistan crumbled down to just 82 and registered a 84 run victory to enter the semi-finals. West Indies will play Sri Lanka on 3rd April in 1st Semi Final and India will be taking on South Africa following day.
Chasing 167 to qualify to semis, Pakistan got off to a worst possible start. Ahmed Shehzad, the previous match centurion got out of the first ball he faced. He couldn’t get off the Krishmar Santokie amazing Yorker and was found plumb in front of wickets. On the other end Samuel Badree was given three continuous overs and he picked up three wickets, wickets each in every over. He started with dismissing Kamran Akmal for Duck in innings 2nd over. Later Umar Akmal was stumped off Badree for 1. Badree struck once again this time in his third over and 6th of the innings dismissing Malik for 2. They managed to score just 13 runs in the powerplay.
The first boundary of their innings came in 7th over where Sohaib Maqsood smashed a six. At half stage Pakistan was 35/4 with another 132 needing of last 10 overs. It looked impossible as the Pakistan lost Hafeez and Maqsood also. Hafeez was dismissed by Russell in 11th over for 19 and Maqsood in 12th over to Narine for 18. Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi made their intentions clear as the both smashed sixers of the 2nd ball they faced. The highest partnership of the innings was between these two as they put on 32 off 22 balls for 7th wicket. But both the batsmen fell to Narine in 16th over leaving Pakistan to 75/8. And the formality was completed with Ajmal dismissed in 17th over and the final wicket was taken by Santokie off Umar Gul as Pakistan ended at 82, their 2nd least total in T20 Internationals.
Earlier West Indies decided to bat after winning the toss. But they didn’t got the start they expected. Smith opened the account hitting boundary over Hafeez in the first over. The blow for them came in the 3rd over when dangerous Gayle was stumped by Akmal off Hafeez for 5. Smith also didn’t last longer as he edged to keeper of Tanvir for 8. But Simmons and Samuels rescued the innings with stopping fall of wickets. Both the batsmen hit the ball to fence occasionally, but kept the strike rotating but the rate was around 6 only. At half way stage they were 61/2. With set batsmen at crease, platform was set for good score.
But West Indies lost both the batsmen in the same over. Simmons and Samuels fell in 11th over, with Simmons been run out and Samuels got bowled by Afridi. Later Ramdin too fell as West Indies were drowning at 81/5 in 13.5 overs. With Sammy and Bravo at the crease West Indies thought that they will be ending around 130 with just 84 on the board in 15 overs. But some good strokes by Sammy brought 23 runs in 16th and 17th overs as they crossed 100 runs mark. The real story of the innings was in the last three overs where they milked 59 runs.
I was started with Bravo smashing Umar Gul to consecutive sixers of Umar Gul and a boundary in the same over which gave 21 runs. Later the penultimate over bowled by Ajmal was started with Bravo smashing him for sixers of 2nd and third balls over midwicket. Later Sammy came to party finishing the over with a six and four picking 24 runs of the over. Final over by Tanvir began with run out of Bravo at non-strikers end due to slipping. Later Sammy smashed a boundary and Six to take 14 runs from the over. Darren Sammy ended unbeaten on 42 off just 20 balls which included 5 fours and 2 sixers. Dwayne Bravo scored 46 off just 26 balls which included 2 fours and four huge sixers. He scored 33 off 10 balls in the last three overs.
Player of the Match: DJ Bravo (West Indies) – (46 off 26)
Scorecard: West Indies: 166/6 in 20 overs (DJ Bravo 46, D Sammy 42*; S Afridi 1/23, S Tanvir 1/27) defeated Pakistan: 153/5 in 20 overs (M Hafeez 19, S Afridi 18; S Badree 3/10, SP Narine 3/16) by 84 runs.