Pakistan vs. West Indies – 20 overs Match Report

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Pakistan versus West Indies – 20 Overs Match Report
The first quarter final of the World Cup was played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium between group toppers Pakistan and the West Indies. Chris Gayle returned to the pitch for the Windies as they looked to upset the odds and beat the men in green.
 Things started brightly enough for the West Indies side as they won the toss and elected to bat in the first innings. That was the only thing the Windies had to smile about as by the end of the first 20 overs they were struggling at 47 runs at the loss of three wickets.
There was no place in the Pakistani side for to add to their already formidable spin attack.
Devon Smith and Captain Chris Gayle opened the batting for their side and they were faced the daunting figure of Umar Gul. Smith made his intentions clear as he smashed Gul for four on the first ball of the innings.
On the other end Muhammad Hafeez was handed the ball as Pakistan looked to their spin attack. The first three overs brought with them three boundaries and two failed appeals for leg before wicket.
They also brought with it Pakistan’s first wicket, when the West Indies’ captain Chris Gayle departed for 8 runs. took a well judged catch.
The next man on the pitch was Ramnaresh Sarwan, as the West Indies looked to recover from the early loss of their influential captain. Sarwan’s first involvement in the game was to break the bail as he imitated Chanderpaul. was sent back to the pavilion for seven runs after he was out leg before wicket. Darren Bravo knew his side needed a solid knock from him but the pressure seemed to have gotten to him as he departed just two balls later.
Muhammad Hafeez had his second wicket in his third over when he had Bravo trapped leg before wicket. Pakistan took control of the game. one of the West Indies more experienced batsman was the next man in to face the Pakistani onslaught.
The two managed to get a partnership going though they only managed to maintain the run rate at a snail paced 2.35 runs per over. Sarwan was dropped by Gul in the 19th over after he misjudged the flight and pace of the ball. The two batsmen seemed to have settled in as the match entered the more crucial stage of the game.



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