Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014


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West indies won by 84 runs.

Toss West Indies, who chose to bat

Player of the match DJ Bravo (West Indies)

Umpires IJ Gould (England) and RA Kettleborough (England)

TV umpire M Erasmus (South Africa)

Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Reserve umpire HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

All the group matches are done and dusted. The semi-finalists have been confirmed. Tomorrow is a rest day, but action commences on Thursday with the first semi-final, West Indies against Sri Lanka and India take on South Africa in the second on Friday.

It will be a battle between two world-class off-spinners as defending champions West Indies meet Pakistan in a `Do-or-Die` final group league encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 here today.

Both teams are on four points each and it will be a virtual quarter-final clash to decide on the second semi-finalist from Group 2 after India emerged group champions with an all-win record.

Defending champions West Indies pummelled a listless Pakistan by 84 runs to set up the ICC World Twenty20 semifinal clash against Sri Lanka, on Tuesday.  Dwayne Bravo (46) and skipper Darren Sammy (42 not out) pulverised a decent looking bowling in the final three overs as West Indies put up an impressive 166 for six and then shot out the opposition for a meagre 82 in 17.5 overs.

It was the biggest win for the Caribbean side in the Twenty20 format.

Leg-spinner Samuel Badree (3/10 in 4 overs) showed why he is so highly-rated as he decimated the Pakistan top-order with a controlled effort, mixing the skidders with his googlies.

Sunil Narine (3/16) was too good for the middle and lower order as none of the top-eight crossed 20.

Pakistan lost the momentum in the last three overs when Sammy and Bravo took 59 runs. After this, West Indies fielders led by the colourful Chris Gayle also created relentless pressure on the Pakistan batsmen.

While chasing, Pakistan got off to a worst possible start when left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie bowled a brilliant bowl first up. It was a sharp inswinging delivery to Ahmed Shehzad (0) which hit him right on the toe of his front-foot and umpire Ian Gould adjudged him leg before.

Badree made it two-down in the very next over when Shehzad’s opening partner Kamran Akmal (0) didn’t reach to the pitch of the delivery as he didn’t get the elevation and Bravo got a simple catch at mid-off. I don’t think any team has played to potential. We want to have a look at the things we can improve on and analyse our strengths and weaknesses and improve the areas that we are short in. We enjoyed our victory against Australia, but the Pakistan game is the most important for us: Dwayne Bravo.

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