Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi led from the front once more to inspire his team to a 10-wicket victory over West Indies within the 1st World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday to become the primary team into semifinals.
The Greenshirts’ win came as a present for the state celebrating Pakistan Day nowadays.
Jubilant cricket-lovers rejoiced the win across the county by taking to streets and main roads, dancing on drum beats, chanting slogans “Pakistan Zindabad”.
Afridi took four for thirty as West Indies collapsed to 112 all out from forty three.3 overs to require his total to twenty one for the tournament and overhaul Imran Khan’s Pakistan record at one World Cup.
Man-of-the-match Mohammad Hafeez, who had taken 2 low-cost wickets along with his off-spin, then scored his maiden World Cup half-century with sixty one not out as Pakistan reached their victory target from solely twenty.5 overs.
They will face the winners of Thursday’s match between defending champions Australia and co-hosts India within the second semi-final in Mohali on March thirty.
"Personally I simply tried to keep up line and length, these were good conditions for spinners if you bowled within the right areas," Afridi told a tv interviewer.
"In every game we’ve tried to form some plans against the players and that we tried to stay to our plans and therefore the boys have done an excellent job doing that. The bowlers have done an excellent job from the primary game to the seventh game."
Nothing went in West Indies’ favor who, once a pathetic batting show, were conjointly poor within the field with Kieron Pollard dropping Kamran Akmal on six before wicketkeeper Devon Thomas grassed Hafeez on seventeen. Kemar Roach was the unfortunate bowler on each occasions.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was the sole batsman to defy the Pakistan attack, scoring an unbeaten forty four from 106 balls.
WICKETS IN CLUSTERS
West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 champions, never recovered once losing their 1st 3 wickets with solely sixteen on the board.
After Darren Sammy had won the toss and elected to bat, Chris Gayle (8) struck Umar Gul straight to Afridi at mid-off. Devon Smith (7) and Darren Bravo (0) each fell lbw within the house of 4 balls to Hafeez, who had shared the new ball.
The experienced Guyana combine of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul took the full to fifty eight before Sarwan was caught by Umar Akmal off Afridi for twenty-four.
Afridi then dismissed Pollard (one) and Devon Thomas off consecutive balls.
Sammy was dropped by Younus Khan at slip off Saeed Ajmal on one however lasted just one a lot of ball before he was lbw to the off-spinner. 2 balls later, Ajmal bowled Devendra Bishoo for a duck.
Roach recorded his best one-day score of sixteen, serving to Chanderpaul to feature thirty for the ninth wicket.
"Definitely not enough runs on the board," said Sammy. "They bowled well at us. we have a tendency to did not counter the bowling we have a tendency toll and hence we were bowled out for a coffee total.
"We lost wickets in clusters to spin through the tournament and nowadays was no totally different. we have a tendency to were on the back foot early and never recovered."