It has been yet another fabulous recovery from the West Indies batsmen. They were reduced to 29/2 with Smith and Gayle going cheaply. But, the rest of the batsmen stepped up and chipped in to post their second consecutive 300-plus score.
Samuels and Bravo steadied the innings after the early loss. The pair added 75 runs before the former threw his wicket away. Ramdin came in and provided the much needed impetus to the innings and just when they took the batting powerplay, Bravo pulled his hamstring and was taken off the field. Ramdin continued batting in a positive manner and brought up his fifty, but got out soon after.
Sammy was little shaky to start off with, he soon found his element and scored a 28-ball 30. Meanwhile, Simmons kept the scoreboard ticking and he along with Russell smashed 79 runs in the last 5 overs. The Jamaican all-rounder was clean in his striking as he scored a quickfire 42.
Pakistan fielding once again came under the scanner. They dropped a catch as early as the fifth over. Nasir Jamshed injured his finger while trying to hold onto to a Smith offering. Afridi, then spilled two catches, one of Samuels and the other of Bravo. Irfan then grassed Simmons towards the end. These are the ones that were at the top of my head. There was plenty of sloppy work in the field. The bowling was disciplined in the first half and they lost it when the batsmen started to have a go at them.
It was a superlative effort from the West Indies bowlers. Jerome Taylor started it with two wickets in the very first over and then sent back Haris Sohail in his second over. Holder played perfect foil to his partner, keeping it tight at the other end. The skipper beat the bat on numerous occasions and only had the wicket of Shehzad to show for.
The back-up bowlers in Russell, Sammy and Benn did an efficient job.The fielding could have been better as they dropped a couple of chances and were a bit sloppy sometimes. Apart from that, it was a thorough display from the men from the Caribbean. If they can keep playing the way they did today, then they will be a force to reckon with in this World Cup.mmy and Benn did an efficient job.
The less said about Pakistan’s batting, the better. None of the top four batsmen wanted to spend time in the middle and see off the new ball. Jamshed, Shehzad, Younis and Haris Sohail registered scores of 0, 1, 0, 0 respectively. Misbah tried to do the repair work, but failed as he chased a wide one. Maqsood and Umar Akmal counter-attacked and played some delightful shots, but both fell soon after they reached their respective fifties. Afridi batted sensibly for his 28, however, the growing run-rate had the better of him.
Andre Russell was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round effort. He made a 13-ball 42 and then took 3/33 with the ball against Pakistan.
West Indies 310 for 6 in 50 overs
Pakistan 160 for 10 in 39 overs