Struggling West Indies want look no more than their manager Richie Richardson for inspiration after they clash with buoyant Pakistan within the World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
Richardson was captain when the West Indies overturned the shape book within the 1996 quarter-final in Karachi and surprised South Africa, who had return through the league part unbeaten.
Brian Lara smashed 111 off ninety four balls to fashion a 19-run victory and an identical effort from Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo or Kieron Pollard may upset Pakistan’s applecart.
“Anything will happen within the knock-outs, you do not get a second probability,” said the 49-year-old Richardson, who took over as manager for a two-year term in January.
“Every one starts on an equal footing.”
Darren Sammy’s men can want a desperate last fling at a time after they appear to be falling apart once 2 inexplicabe defeats against England and India from dominant positions.
They were on the brink of victory against England when, chasing a modest target of 244, they were comfortably placed at 222-6 before losing their last four wickets for 3 runs.
Against India on Sunday, they caved in once more as eight wickets fell for thirty four runs once they were 154-2 and lost by eighty runs.
The West Indies, who have currently lost eighteen successive matches against the leading nations, cannot afford another defeat.
All is, however, not over nevertheless for the West Indies.
They come back to the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka where they shot out Bangladesh for his or her lowest one-day total of fifty eight within the league to romp home by 9 wickets in an exceedingly match that resulted in underneath 2 hours.
Gayle and key quick bowler Kemar Roach are set to come back once missing the India game, the previous with a abdominal strain and Roach as a result of illness.
Pakistan, in distinction, are the revelation of the tournament by topping cluster A with 5 wins in six matches.
Shahid Afridi’s Pakistan broke three-time defending champions Australia’s unbeaten streak of thirty four World Cup matches with a four-wicket win in Colombo on Saturday.
It was simply the tonic Pakistan required once being stripped of big-time cricket at home as a result of security considerations in their volatile nation and tainted by an unsavoury spot-fixing scandal.
The absence of former captain Salman Butt and pace spearheads Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif as a result of the controversy wasn’t felt because the team rallied fantastically underneath their inspirational captain.
All-rounder Afridi is that the tournament’s leading bowler with seventeen wickets along with his fastish leg-breaks, whereas seamer Umar Gul has kept the pressure on at the opposite finish with thirteen wickets.
Afridi might have failed with the bat up to now with simply sixty five runs in six games, however young guns Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq have shone brightly in their initial World Cup.
Akmal has scored 211 runs at fifty two.75 and Shafiq averages 124 within the 2 games he has played up to now, whereas seasoned seniors like Misbah-ul Haq and Younis Khan have lent solidity to the middle-order.
Team manager Intikhab Alam, who was coach when Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup underneath Imran Khan, was delighted along with his side’s performance up to now.
The former captain attributed the success to “self-belief, fitness and high energy levels.”
“We are peaking at the right time,” Intikhab said.
World Cup teams:
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (capt), Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Ahmed Shahzad.
Coach: Waqar Younis (PAK)
West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Devon Smith, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Sulieman Benn, Nikita Miller, Kemar Roach, Kirk Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Devendra Bishoo.
Coach: Ottis Gibson (WIS)
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL) and Steve Davis (AUS)
TV umpire: Daryl Harper (AUS)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
Match start: 08:30 GMT
Pitch conditions: A slow, sluggish wicket that hinders stroke play but provides equal opportunities for both seamers and spinners.
Pakistan v West Indies head to head:
Pakistan wins: 48
West Indies wins: 64
First meeting: June 11, 1975, Birmingham – West Indies won by one wicket.
Last meeting: September 23, 2009, Johannesburg – Pakistan won by five wickets.