Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pakistan crush West Indies, enter semi-finals!

Captain Shahid Afridi scalped four wickets and Mohammad Hafeez excelled with an all-round affectation as Pakistan spanked a amoeba West Indies by 10 wickets to storm in the semifinal of the candid World Cup in Mirpur on Wednesday. Pakistan arranged out the Caribbeans for a paltry 112 in aloof 43.3 overs and again overhauled the ambition with 29.1 overs to additional in a hugely-lopsided quarterfinal affray at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Chasing aloof 113 to win, Mohammad Hafeez (61) and Kamran Akmal (47) toyed with the West Indies advance and stitched a 125-ball 113-run aperture affiliation to blanket up the bout actual calmly and move into the semi-finals afterwards a gap of 12 years.

The 1992 Champions Pakistan will now face the champ of the additional quarterfinal amid India and Australia at Ahmedabad in the semifinals.

Everything went appropriate for Pakistan today, which additionally happens to be their civic day, as Afridi's men didn't put a bottom amiss afterwards West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the bung and beatific them to field.

Hafeez's two aboriginal wickets pushed West Indies on the backfoot appropriate at the alpha of their innings and again Afridi best four for 30 to abolish backstab champions West Indies for their third everyman World Cup total.

Hafeez additionally shone with the bat and provided a baking alpha to Pakistan's runchase, clubbing a brace of fours off Kemar Roach in the actual aboriginal over.

Hafeez best up addition abuttals in the additional over off Ravi Rampaul afterwards his aperture accomplice Kamran Akmal beatific him beyond the braiding in the additional delivery.

Kamran accursed Roach for addition four in the abutting over back his arrogant cut kissed Kieron Pollard's fingers at point afore antagonism to the boundary. The wicketkeeper-batsman best up addition four off the pacer in his abutting over.

Spinner Devendra Bishoo and skipper Darren Sammy approved to put the breach and bowled two beginning overs but Hafeez accursed a brace of fours off the above in his additional over to booty Pakistan beyond the 50-mark in eight overs.

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