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Bravo and Sammy changed the complexion of the game with their 71-run partnership
The West Indies put up a stunning all-round performance to humiliate Pakistan by 84 runs in Mirpur and qualify for semi-finals of the World Twenty20.
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and captain Darren Sammy were the standout performers with the bat as they made 46 and 42 respectively, while the spin duo of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine ripped through Pakistan’s batting line-up with three wickets apiece.
Sammy would have been brooding over whether he made the right decision to bat first after opening batsman Chris Gayle was stumped by Kamran Akmal off the bowling of Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez for just five runs.
Gayle’s opening partner, Dwayne Smith, did not last much longer as he was caught behind off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir for eight runs.
Lendl Simmons somewhat stabilised things with his knock of 31 before he was run out by Umar Gul.
Marlon Samuels was on his way back to the pavilion just three balls later when he dragged a delivery from Shahid Afridi back onto his stumps.
Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin only made five runs before he was caught by Umar Akmal at deep midwicket off the bowling of Zulfiqar Babar.
With the West Indies struggling at 81/5 in the 14th over, Bravo and Sammy came to the party and amassed a 71-run partnership, which came at a run rate of 13.31, before Bravo was run out by Kamran Akmal for 46 off 26 balls, which included two boundaries and four sixes.
The West Indies ended up making 166/6 off their 20 overs thanks to Sammy’s unbeaten knock of 42, which came off just 20 deliveries and included five boundaries and two sixes.
Hafeez, Tanvir, Babar and Afridi all picked up one wicket each.
Chasing 167 to win, Pakistan got off to the worst possible start as Krishmar Santokie bowled an absolute corker of a delivery to trap opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad lbw off the very first ball of the innings.
Kamran Akmal failed to trouble the scorers as well as he was caught by Bravo at extra cover off the bowling of Badree.
Umar Akmal fared no better as he was stumped by Ramdin off the bowling of Badree for one run.
Shoaib Malik was also stumped by Ramdin to become Badree’s third victim of the match.
Hafeez managed to make 19 runs before he was caught by Gayle at extra cover off the bowling of Andre Russell.
Following Hafeez’s dismissal, it was Narine’s turn to wreak havoc of the Pakistani batsmen and it all started with the stumping of Shoaib Maqsood, who made 18.
Tanvir was the next to go as he made a quickfire 14 before he was caught by Sammy at midwicket.
Afridi, who scored 18 runs, was not only Narine’s third victim, but was also the fourth Pakistani batsman to be stumped.
Saeed Ajmal only made one run before he was clean bowled by Russell.
Pakistan were put out of their misery when Gul was caught by Simmons at deep midwicket off the bowling of Santokie.
Badree and Narine took three wickets apiece, while Santokie and Russell snapped up two wickets each as Pakistan were bowled out for a dismal 82, which was exactly what the West Indies made off their last five overs.
Hafeez was extremely embarrassed with his team’s performance, and said: “This wasn’t the best of performance from Pakistan. We didn’t play well in the final four overs, credit to West Indies. In the first 16 overs we bowled very well, but they got the momentum in the final four overs. We were a little bit panicked early in the chase.”
Sammy noted that his team were much more “focussed” during this match compared to when they played Australia.
“[Against] Australia it was a pumped-up West Indies, today was a more focussed West Indies,” he said. “They [Pakistan] haven’t chased very well. We were looking for 160. We had the momentum going into the dressing room at the break. [About his batting] It’s about backing yourself, I have worked a lot with the batting coach, it is just about being confident, I’m trying to do whatever is necessary to get the team over the line.”
Bravo was named Man of the Match, and said: “I didn’t expect it to be so easy, we have a bowling line-up that can defend any total. Pakistan had our batting in a bit of a bother, but we bat deep. I would have tied with myself with Sammy and Badree.”