West Indies crash out of World Cup

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Durban - Pakistan demolished the West Indies with a 10-wicket victory to make the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

The West Indies will not be too fond of the Sher-e-Bangla stadium where their batting line up was destroyed with Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi playing a key role.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat, and found themselves in trouble almost immediately.

Openers Devon Smith (7) and Chris Gayle (8) quickly found their way back to the change room and by the sixth over Darren Bravo (0) followed suit. 

Umar Gul claimed the first wicket, with Afridi taking an easy catch to send Gayle packing. Mohammad Hafeez trapped both Smith and Bravo lbw. Three other West Indian batsmen - Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul and Devon Thomas - failed to get off the mark.

Noticeable performances in the 112-total that the West Indies managed to post came from veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul (44 not out) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (24).

But not even Sarwan and Chanderpaul's 42 run partnership for the fourth wicket could help pull the West Indies out of their misery.

Afridi eventually captured Sarwan's wicket and went on to take three more wickets for 30 runs by the end of the innings.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's top order did a perfect job to lead their team to their first semi-final since1999.

Man of the match Hafeez was equally impressive with the bat, offering an unbeaten 61 off 64 balls.

Ad Kamran Akmal's 47 not out ensured a quick win by the 20th over for the Pakistanis.

Pakistan, who won the World Cup once in 1992, will now play the winner from the India versus Australia quarter-final.

For the two remaining spots, South Africa will take on New Zealand on Friday while England and Sri Lanka will engage in battle.