A quarterfinal is supposed to be a battle of two teams that are high on confidence having reached the knock-out round and willing to fight till the end but today, we witnessed a cold West Indies team who were blasted away by a Pakistan team who made all the right moves and finished the game with all ten wickets in hands, only the 4th time in world cup history..
Electing to bat first, everything seemed well for West Indies for first two overs as Devon Smith hit a cracking cut shot off Umar Gul off the first ball and then Chris Gayle flicked Mohammad Hafeez in next over but lack of planning and application pulled them down. Gayle tried a senseless attacking shot without getting set and in-form Devon Smith had no idea of Hafeez' straighter delivery. After Darren Bravo's dismissal, experienced duo of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpual tried to set a platform with a 42 run stand but as soon as they were separated, Shahid Afrid's leg spin and Saeed Ajmal's Doosra ate Windies batsmen up like a hungry Shark. Only Chanderpual showed some fight and added 40 valuable runs with Kemar Roach to take Caribbean team past 100 run mark.
Pakistan wanted to teach Windies a lesson when they started their chase as both openers Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez batted with authority and finished the game without being separated. Hafeez was named man of the match for his half century and couple of wickets.
Pakistan now will play either India or Australia in semifinal on 30th March 2011 at PCA stadium in Mohali.