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  • Pakistan won by 10 wickets
  • PAK 113/0 in 20.5 overs
  • Cur RR: 5.42

2nd Innings

PAK 102/0 in 19.3 overs

Cur RR: 5.23

Req RR:0.36

To win: PAK needs 11 run(s) in 30.3 over(s)

PAK 95/0 in 17.3 overs

Cur RR: 5.42

Req RR:0.55

To win: PAK needs 18 run(s) in 32.3 over(s)


R Rampaul OUT! End of West Indies’ misery!

WI 112/10 in 43.3 overs

WI 111/9 in 42.2 overs

OUT c Younus Khan b Abdul Razzaq. West Indies have lost their ninth wicket.

WI 111/8 in 42 overs

WI 103/8 in 39 overs

WI 91/8 in 35.1 overs

WI 86/8 in 33.4 overs

WI 84/8 in 33.1 overs

WI 80/8 in 31 overs

WI 74/8 in 29 overs
Cur RR: 2.55

OUT! Castled! Tosses it up on off and brings it sharply into the batsman, another doosra, Bishoo strides forward to defend but the ball spins back viciously, kisses the inside part of the bat and goes on to rattle the stumps. The crowd is going berserk!


WI 71/7 in 27.2 overs

UT lbw b Saeed Ajmal. West Indies have lost their seventh wicket.

the first Cricket World Cup quarter-final between Pakistan and West Indies with Mike Norrish’s over-by-over commentary.WI 69/5 in 26.4 overs
OUT c Kamran Akmal b Shahid Afridi. West Indies have lost their fifth wicket.


OVER 21. WI 50/3 And there’s the 50! Take a bow. So 50 up in the 21st over. Have speeded up a touch then, now going at 2.38 runs an over. Looking good for 120?

OVER 20. WI 47/3. Three from the Ajmal over. Creeping up on that 50 now. That could be the catalyst. Get over that 50 landmark and then foot down all the way to 55 by the next drinks break.

OVER 19. WI 44/3 Sarwan dropped by Gul! Finally tries to inject some oomph into this bucolic wheeze of an innings but he cannot get much purchase on his lofted drive and Gul runs in from long off and gets too hands onto it but it’s down. Tactical drop? Probably. The longer Pak can keep this pair out there and Pollard in the hutch the better their chances, you’d have to say.

OVER 18. WI 39/3 Ajmal replaces Hafeez, who doesn’t bowl out. Slow deck, you have to say, but nothing like as turgid as Sarwan and Shiva are making it look. Great time for Ajmal to come on, you have to reckon, and there’s just one from the over. I say ‘just one from the over’. I should really say ONE FROM THE OVER!!

OVER 17. WI 38/3 Afridi on, and there’s a big shout against Sarwan – big shout but he’s well down the track. And they’ve gone for the review! Lordy. Captain’s review that one – only using that for his own figures. Never out. Stays with the on-field call even tho Hawk-Eye says hit. Afridi’s started well, bustling in and it’s a maiden. Gets away with a wide on off the last ball thanks to a well-placed leg gully who fields well and stops four. On the plus side, this is a particularly easy game to OBO…

E-mail Usman Khattak says: Pakistan has an ideal start but we all know they have a habit of disappointing when they look slightly favourites. Would love to see an Indian v Pakistan in the semis. Me too, Usman – be a tad livelier than this, that’s for sure. Self-assessment tax returns are livelier than this mind you.

OVER 16. WI 38/3 Single each and it’s 38/3 off 16. Hafeez is going to bowl out by the look of things. Afridi coming on from the other end now. I know West Indies have a ‘rebuilding’ job but this is something else…

OVER 15. WI 36/3 Riaz oversteps and that’s a free hit for Chanderpaul. Exciting! He’s goes hog-wild and helps himself to a single on the off-side. Hardly bunga-bunga cricket, is it? 36/3 off 15. Time for drinks. Cocoa, probably.

Chanderpaul has 3* off 28.

OVER 14. WI 32/3 Maiden from Hafeez to Chanderpaul. Squeeze is back on. Hafeez 2/10 off seven. Useful that, from an opening bowler.

OVER 13 WI 32/3 Boundary! Holey moley. First one in fifty minutes. And four more! Great shot this time from Sarwan, driven stylishly on the up through the covers. Classy. Riaz goes around the wicket to try and cramp up sarwan’s room outside off and angle it back into him, but he overcompensates and that’s a leg-side wide. Sarwan 12 Shiva 2

This is bad, but what is the slowest one-day knock you’ve ever seen? Let me know here (And don’t pretend you saw Gavaskar in 1975. I don’t believe you)

OVER 12 WI 22/3 Run-fest! Three off the over. And Chanderpaul is off the mark! 1 off 18. Moving through the gears ominously now…

OVER 11 WI 19/3 Riaz replaces Gul. One from the over. “Sarwan is changing his bat” says Ian Bishop. Wasn’t aware he had one out there. Five runs scored since the third over. Chanderpaul has 0 off 14. Here for a long time, not a good time, is Shiva…

OVER 10 WI 18/3 This is some seriously slow going out there. And that’s the powerplay done – 18 from it! Eight-teen! And that’s another maiden. If they go at this pace they’ll score 90 off their 50 overs. New Zealand remember – traditionally about as explosive as a wet flannel – scored 95 off five overs against this Pakistan side earlier in this tournament. Nuts.

OVER 9 WI 18/3 Mirpur’s a low scoring ground, we should note. Average first innings score here (there) is 243. This is where England lost to Bangladesh, and it’s very difficult to bowl with the dew etc later in the day. Gul continues to Sarwan – think Afridi might take him off shortly and save a bit for later. Done his job, already. Bowling really nicely though – immaculate control of length. Maiden. Gul: 1/11 off five.

OVER 8 WI 18/3 Big appeal for a stumping from Kakmal. Not out. And again, you get the feeling that. y’know, he’s not going get many opportunities to appeal for anything so why the hell not. Just one from the Hafeez over. Windies romping through this powerplay at 2.2 runs an over.

OVER 7 WI 17/3 Gul back on then, and Windies just need a partnership from this pair. Clearly they thought they didn’t need these crabby old stagers, Sarwan and Chanderpaul, but whaddayaknow, here they are again with their firehoses after some distinctly garbage batting at the top of the order. Bravo’s looked really good at this World Cup from what I’ve seen but that was not a good day for the young man.

OVER 6 WI 16/3 Oh dear.

Wicket WICKET! Smith lbw b Hafeez 7 Gone! Two down! Smith is trapped dead in front. Pitched on middle and spinning back enough to hit middle and leg. And another! Oh no, no no….

Wicket WICKET! Bravo lbw b Hafeez 0. WI 16/3. Same trick and Bravo, after two balls, is gone for a duck. This could be ugly. The right-arm off-spinner is bowling off a steady run from around the wicket, and the left-handers have got no idea, playing with bat and pad miles apart and both have been beaten by balls that have done not very much. Big clumsy prod forward from Bravo, no subtlety and two easy decisions for the ump. Chanderpaul in now. Double wicket maiden for Hafeez!

OVER 5: WI 16/1 Massive appeal from behind the wicket as Gul beats Sarwan’s outside edge. Nothing shouty from Gul, but Kakmal is screaming behind the stumps. Probably just delighted he caught one. No review. Sarwan can’t get Gul away and there’s nothing loose to hit. Excellent start from Pakistan this after losing the toss.

OVER 4: WI 15/1 Sarwan in then to join Smith. Hafeez stays on despite looking like he was a silver bullet to get Gayle. Just a single off the over. Bit of a delay as Sarwan has damagaed the bail doing that thing where he bunts it into the desk to mark his guard. Tsk. Sarwan came in as a down the order finisher against England on Friday and was left stranded as the six-or-bust merchants went a little bit mental.

OVER 3: WI 14/1 Smash! Gayle down the track to Gul and that’s properly macho. Great intent. One bounce four. Flies over the head of mid-off who didn’t shift. Good footwork from Gayle to back away slightly and give himself room to free his arms. but he’s gone! Gayle goes!

Wicket WICKET. Gayle c Afridi b Gul 8. Gayle tried to repeat the trick and slapped a drive straight to Afridi. Predicatable end, really, and not great for the game. Excellent start for Pakistan though, obviously. Gul leaps for Joy, Afridi looks like he’s hurt his hand. Gayle looks like, well, he looks. Y’know, just whatever.

E-mail Asif writes: Hi Mike. Bearing in mind the total unpredictability of the Pakistani team, my predictions are either West Indies to win by 150 runs or Pakistan to win by 8 wickets. Looks more like 8 wickets now, you’d have to venture

OVER 2: WI 8/0. I’m listening to TMS today to try and get away from Pommie Mbwangwa, and who comes on the bloody wireless? That’s right…Tony Cozier. But Pommie’s on with him, and although I’m sure he’s a nice bloke he sounds like he’s constantly doing an Austin Powers impression. Anyone else hear that? Hafeez, the offie, opens from the other end to Gayle. Haha, and there’s what Gayle thinks of that move. Walloped over mid-on for four. Bit too full from Hafeez. Gayle pulls away as Hafeez is in – probably tired from that shot – but after catching his breath he sees out the over.

OVER 1: WI 4/0. Gul to Smith, and first ball’s a garbage half-tracker that Smith slaps past point for four. Pah. Thought the garbage teams had gone home? Nice start for Smith though. Big appeal from Gul as he finds a better line. Fairly straight but probably just pitched outside the left-handers leg stump. Review? Nope. Bit of nibble off the pitch, and bit of variable bounce-age. Dire crowd by the way. Good comeback from Gul.

08.29: Henry Gayle positively sprinting to the crease. By that I mean brisk walk of course. Predictions to me here please…has to be Pakistan for me, but the toss has certainly levelled things. Windes, remember, haven’t won a proper ODI against a proper team since July 2009.

08.25: Blues skies in Mirpur. Anthem time…and you’ve to say Pakistan have edged that one. Largely because it is a national anthem rather than some please-all token effort designed not to annoy Jamaicans/Barbadians etc…

0819: Shahi Afridi: “Toss doesn’t give any difference. We bowled first against Australia; we will carry on with the same attitude. All the boys know the importance of this competition. We are very positive and looking forward to this game.”

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal†, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi*, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.

West Indies: DS Smith, CH Gayle, RR Sarwan, DM Bravo, KA Pollard, DC Thomas†, DJG Sammy*, D Bishoo, R Rampaul, S Chanderpaul, KAJ Roach

08.10: West Indies have won the toss and will……….bat! Gayle, Chanderpaul and Roach in for Edwards, Benn and Andre Russell. Saeed Ajmal plays for Pakistan.

08.00: Wake up! Don’t you know there’s a bloody World Cup on!

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