West Indies pummelled a listless Pakistan by 84 runs to set up the ICC World Twenty20 clash against Sri Lanka, here today

Posted on Apr 1 2014 - 11:23pm by IBC News

Defending champions West Indies  pummelled a listless Pakistan by 84 runs to set up the ICC  World Twenty20 clash against Sri Lanka, here today.

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 85 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.

The match was as good as over when Umar Akmal (1) was  fooled by Badree’s googly as Ramdin complete the stumping. It  was 9/3 and Pakistan were down in the dumps.       It only got worse when Shoaib Malik (2) stepped out only  to miss a Badree delivery and Ramdin got his second stumping of the night. At the end of Powerplay, Pakistan were out of  the match with the scoreboard reading 13 for four.

Sammy rightly bowled out Badree in one spell and he had  fantastic figures of 4-0-10-3 to show for his efforts.

When Narine came in at the start of the 10th over, Pakistan skipper Hafeez was already batting in ‘Test’ mode  having scrapped around for 31 deliveries scoring only 19 in  the process.

His patience gave away as he tried an uncharacteristic  hoick off Andre Russell and Chris Gayle took another simple  catch at covers.

It was 37 for five and Sohaib Maqsood (18) gave a slog  and miss charge to Narine to make it 42 for six as any chances of a miracle ended then and there.

Earlier, West Indies pummelled 82 runs in the last five overs after a slow start to post 166/6 against Pakistan in their World Twenty20 semifinal decider.

A late blitz from all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and skipper Darren Sammy helped defending champions West Indies put up a fighting 166 for six against Pakistan in a do-or-die Group 2 League match.

Bravo smashed 46 off only 26 balls as he took the attack  back to the Pakistan camp with his imperious hitting. He  struck two fours and four huge sixes. He was well-supported by  skipper Darren Sammy whose entertaining cameo of 42 was  equally important as it helped West Indies reach a decent  total after they were tottering at 81 for five.

Sammy struck five fours and two sixes in only 20 balls as  the last three overs produced an unbelievable 59 runs.

The turning point in the West Indies innings was the 18th  and 19th over bowled by the seasoned duo of Umar Gul (0/29)  and Saeed Ajmal (0/41) that produced 45 runs in all.

Till 17 overs, Pakistan bowlers looked in complete  control before the carnage from Bravo and Sammy happened at  the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Chris Gayle (5) did not fire today as the first delivery  he faced from Paksitan skipper Mohammed Hafeez brought about  his downfall. Hafeez bowled one wide off-stump which Gayle  tried to play with minimal footwork and Kamran Akmal effected  a good stumping.

Gayle’s partner Dwayne Smith struck two boundaries off  Hafeez but was uncomfortable against left-arm seamer Sohail  Tanvir’s awkwardly angled deliveries. He edged one to Akmal  behind stumps as the ball moved away after pitching on the  off-middle line.

Lendl Simons (31) struck a few meaty blows but was not  able to get the momentum going as he and out-of-form Marlon  Samuels could add only 39 in 6.2 overs. Simons struck two  sixes before he was unfortunately run-out.

Samuels was once again bogged down but he gave Afridi the  charge to hit him down the ground for a straight six. But the  veteran leg-spinner had his revenge of his very next delivery.  Afridi bowled a faster one and Samuels, who had very little  room to play the cut shot, chopped one back on to the stumps.

Reeling at 67 for four in the 11 the over, it soon became  81 for five as Denesh Ramdin (5) tried to slog Babar and was  caught at deep mid-wicket by Umar Akmal.

It was then left to Bravo to give the charge and he  started by lifting Gul for a big six and followed it up with a pull-shot over deep mid-wicket.