West Indies record massive 150-run triumph against ‘pathetic’ Pakistan


Christchurch: West Indies bounced strongly back in the World Cup recording a massive 150-run triumph against lackluster Pakistan in their second World Cup match here at Hagley Oval.

Set to chase a competitive total of 311 runs, Pakistan never looked in the game as they were reduced to 4-1. Opener Nasir Jamshed was removed on a duck by Jerome Taylor. Veteran Younus Khan also failed to score a single run and was sent back to the pavilion in the first over of the inning.

Haris Sohail became the third Pakistan’s top order batsman to be out on a duck as Taylor removed him in the third over. Soon Ahmed Shahzad also followed after skipper Jason Holder picked his wicket. Ahmed scored only a single run.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who was the top scorer for Pakistan against India on Sunday, failed to score much as he lost his wicket to Andre Russel scoring only seven runs with team trailing at 5-25 in 11th over.

Sohaib Maqsood (50 runs) and Umar Akmal tried hard to resurrect Pakistan’s inning. However, Maqsood lost his wicket to Darren Sammy with team’s score of 105-6 in 26th over.

Umar (59 runs) also lost his wicket, after adding 34 runs with Shahid Afridi, to Russell. Tail-ender Wahab Riaz (3 runs) edged to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, who took a brilliant catch also off Russell’s delivery.

Shahid Afridi (28 runs), who was only the third Pakistan batsman to have reached double figures, lost his wicket 37th over as Pakistan lost any hopes of a revival and were reduced to 9-157.

Sohail Khan’s wicket was the last to fall as Suleiman Benn took his wicket, bundling Pakistan, the former World Champion to paltry total of 160 runs in 39 overs.

Earlier, West Indies lost its star batsman early but Andre Russell produced late fireworks playing an unbeaten inning of 42 off only 13 balls to help West Indies post an imposing total of 310-6.

Lendl Simmons (50 runs), Denesh Ramdin (51 runs) and Darren Bravo (49 retired hurt) batted brilliantly. Marlon Samuels (38 runs) and Darren Sammy (30 runs) also chipped in important runs.

All-rounder Haris Sohail took two wickets. Meanwhile, top pacers Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan took one wicket each. Sohail, who took five wickets against India, conceded 73 runs off 10 overs. Wahab also gave away 67 runs off ten overs. Haris bowled nine overs and conceded 62 runs. Shahid Afridi went wicket-less and conceded 48 off 10 overs. Irfan gave 44 off ten overs.

This is Pakistan’s second defeat in a row after losing to India in their first World Cup match. West Indies also lost its first match against Ireland.