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11 December 2023

Windies rout hapless Pakistan by 150 runs

By Cricket Correspondent and Agencies

A revitalised West Indies cashed in on a sensational Pakistan batting collapse to notch their first victory of the World Cup by 150 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Caribbean cricketers scored 310-6, with 115 runs coming in a swashbuckling final 10 overs involving Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Darren Sammy.

Pakistan in reply crumbled to their second straight defeat when they were all out for 160, failing to recover after the top four wickets fell in the first four overs for just one run, the worst start in one-day international history.

The West Indies, meanwhile, blocked out memories of their shock first up loss to Ireland as six batsmen posted scores of 30 or more.

Denesh Ramdin top scored with 51, Simmons added 50 to go with his first match century, Darren Bravo scored 49, Russell smashed 42 off 17 balls while Marlon Samuels and Sammy chimed in with 38 and 30 respectively.

Bravo was unfortunate not to reach what would have been his 17th ODI half-century when he was forced to retire hurt with a pulled hamstring.

It was the second time he required medical treatment after being dazed earlier in the innings when a powerful throw from Younis Khan hit him on the side of the helmet as he scrambled through for a single.

Pakistan's reply was in trouble when two wicket fell in their first over. At four down it was serious and at five for 25 in the 11th it was all but over.

When the rout was complete, Jerome Taylor had figures of three for 15 and Russell three for 33.

Taylor, Russell and captain Jason Holder had steamed in with an aggression that had been absent from the West Indies armoury of late.

Back-to-back defeats to India and West Indies have left Pakistan at the bottom of Pool B while the West Indies chances of making the top four to qualify for they play-offs improved considerably.

While the West Indies batting showed substance lacking in their recent matches, they were assisted by Pakistan having a miserable day in the field compounded by four dropped catches.

Dwayne Smith, on 12, was dropped by Nasir Jamshed off Mohammad Irfan although Irfan was immediately compensated with his next delivery which removed Chris Gayle for four.

The West Indies icon with the 'master-blaster' reputation has averaged a mere 14.42 over 19 innings in the 20 months since his last century.

Irfan was guilty of a dropped catch when he gave Simmons a life on 45 while Shahid Afridi spilled Bravo on 46 and Samuels on 29.

On a gloomy day for Pakistan, Jamshed played little part.

He left the field after dropping Smith in the fifth over and took no further part in the West Indies innings although he was seen getting additional batting practice in the nets.

But that was to no avail. He was gone without scoring when he lobbed the second ball from Taylor to Russell at short midwicket.

Taylor finished off the opening over with Younis Khan caught behind for a duck and in his next over dismissed Haris Sohail to have the impressive figures of two overs, three wickets and one run.

Holder bagged his first wicket of the tournament when he had Ahmed Shahzad caught in the gully for one in his first over.


West Indies
D. Smith c Haris Sohail b Sohail Khan 23
C. Gayle c Riaz b Irfan 4
D. Bravo rtd hurt 49
M. Samuels c sub (Yasir Shah) b Haris Sohail 38
D. Ramdin c sub (Yasir Shah) b Haris Sohail 51
L. Simmons run out (UmarAkmal) 50
D. Sammy c Afridi b Riaz 30
A. Russell not out 42
Extras (b2, lb6, w14, nb1) 23
Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 310
Did not bat: J Holder, J Taylor, S Benn
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Gayle), 2-28 (Smith), 3-103 (Samuels), 3-152 (Bravo retired hurt), 4-194 (Ramdin), 5-259 (Sammy), 6-310 (Simmons)
Bowling: Irfan 10-0-44-1 (1w); Sohail Khan 10-1-73-1 (1nb); Afridi 10-0-48-0 (1w); Haris Sohail 9-0-62-2; Riaz 10-0-67-1 (4w); Sohaib Maqsood 1-0-8-0;

Nasir Jamshed c Russell b Taylor 0
Ahmed Shehzad c Simmons b Holder 1
Younis Khan c Ramdin b Taylor 0
Haris Sohail c sub (Carter) b Taylor 0
Misbah-ul-Haq c Gayle b Russell 7
Sohaib Maqsood c Benn b Sammy 50
Umar Akmal c Smith b Russell 59
Shahid Afridi c Holder b Benn 28
Wahab Riaz c Ramdin b Russell 3
Sohail Khan c Ramdin b Benn 1
Mohammad Irfan not out 2
Extras (lb3, w5, nb1) 9
Total (all out, 39 overs) 160
Fall of wickets
: 1-0 (Jamshed), 2-1 (Younis), 3-1 (Haris Sohail), 4-1 (Ahmed Shehzad), 5-25 (Misbah), 6-105 (Sohaib Maqsood), 7-139 (Umar Akmal), 8-155 (Riaz), 9-157 (Afridi), 10-160 (Sohail Khan)
Bowling: Taylor 7-1-15-3 (2w); Holder 7-2-23-1 (1w); Russell 8-2-33-3 (2w); Sammy 8-0-47-1; Benn 9-0-39-2 (1nb);

Result: West Indies won by 150 runs

Toss: Pakistan

West Indies registered a huge 150-run victory over Pakistan to post their first win in the World Cup. 

Needing a huge 311 to win, Pakistan were left struggling losing four wickets for just one run. Pakistan’s dependable skipper Misbah Ul Haq also departed after a brief stay.

With a huge task on hand Sohaib Maqsood (50) and Umar Akmal (59) fought hard to score half centuries before Pakistan were all out for 160 in 39 overs.

For West Indies, Taylor and Russell picked three wickets each.

Earlier, strong middle order batting performance including two superb half centuries meant West Indies posted an impressive 310 for six in 50 overs.

Andre Russell played a stunning cameo to score an unbeaten 42 off just 13 deliveries to take Windies past the 300-run mark.

Earlier despite the early loss of Gayle, Darren Bravo (49 rtd hurt), Marlon Samuels (39) ensured Windies began well.

Denesh Ramdin (51) and Lendl Simmons (50) scored half centuries before Sammy (30) and Russell ensured Windies had a strong finish.


The last one falls and West Indies post a huge 130-run victory. Pak 160 all out in 39 overs.

Sohail Khan c Ramdin b Benn 1 (8b 0x4 0x6)

Windies bag the big wicket and Afridi departs. Pak 157-9 in 36.2 overs.

Shahid Afridi c Holder b Benn 28 (26b 4x4 0x6)

Akmal returns to the hut and no much hope left other than Afridi pulling off a sensational innings. Pak 139-7 in 31.4 overs.

Umar Akmal c Smith b Russell 59 (71b 5x4 1x6)

Pakistan take the batting powerplay. They need 181 runs from 120 balls. Pak 130-6 in 30 overs.

Maqsood departs and a big blow for PaKistan. He was looking good before Benn pulled of a fine diving catch. Afridi will be the last hope for Pakistan. Pak 105-6 in 25.3 overs.

Sohaib Maqsood c Benn b Sammy 50 (66b 4x4 1x6)

Maqsood scores a fine half century. He needs to keep his focus going. His innings came off 64 balls including four boundaries and a six. Pak 104-5 in 25 overs.

A brilliant partnership revives the hopes for Pakistan. They know its still a long way to go but with 62 runs added for the sixth wicket already, they look good at the moment. Pak 87-5 in 22 overs.

Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood share a 25-run partnership. For Pakistan this will be crucial pair. Pak 50-5 in 15 overs.

Pakistan's most reliable batsman Misbah ul Haq is gone. Russell is the bowler inducing him to an edge to the 'keeper. Pak 25-5 in 10.3 overs.

Misbah-ul-Haq c Gayle b Russell 7 (21b 1x4 0x6)

Misbah and Sohaib slowly reviving the innings. It's a long way for PaKistan but one big partnership still can make the difference. PaK 25-4 in 10 overs.

It's serious trouble for Pakistan as they lose another wicket. Ahmed Shehzad is back home offering a simple catch to Simmons at gully. Looks difficult for Pakistan to get out of this mess. Pak 1-4 in 3.1 overs.

Ahmed Shehzad c Simmons b Holder 1 (10b 0x4 0x6)

Taylor collects another as Pakistan's top order continues to ditch their team. Sohail departs unable to handle a short ball coming on to the body. WI 1-3 in 3 overs.

Haris Sohail c sub (JL Carter) b Taylor 0 (6b 0x4 0x6)

Younus Khan fails again. Disastrous start for Pakistan as they lose two wickets in the first over. Pak 1-2 in 1 over.

Younus Khan c Ramdin b Taylor 0 (1b 0x4 0x6)

Wicket from the first ball as Windies make a dream start.

Nasir Jamshed c Russell b Taylor 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)

Simmons is run out but that would not pric Windies. A stunning innings from Rusell as he remains unbeaten on 42 from only 13 deliveries including three boundaries and two sixes. WI 310- 6 in 50 overs.

Lendl Simmons run out 50 (46b 4x4 2x6)

Sammy plays a fine cameo as he departs. West Indies look to be in a fairly good situation at this moment. WI 259-5 in 47.1 overs.

Darren Sammy c Shahid Afridi b Wahab Riaz 30 (28b 3x4 1x6)

Partnership reaches 37 from Sammy and Simmons. WI 231-4 in 45 overs.

There he goes. Ramdin departs to give Sohail his second wicket. A quick knock from Ramdin has put Windies in a fine position. WI 194-4 in 39.5 overs.

Denesh Ramdin c sub (Yasir Shah) b Haris Sohail 51 (43b, 7x4, 0x6)

A fine knock from Ramdin as he gets his half century in style with a boundary. WI 192-3 in 39.2 overs.

Bravo is unable to continue as he is pulled a muscle while taing a quick run. WI 155-3 in 32 overs.

Darren Bravo retired hurt 49 (78b 3x4 0x6) 

A brilliant over for Windies in a long time. Four boundaries by Rammdin adds spice to WIndies total. WI 151-3 in 31 overs.

Samuels looked all set but has to return as Sohail picks him. WI 103-3 in 24.1 overs.

Afridi had a successful appeal against Bravo for a caught behind but Bravo immediately calls for a review and wins it. Afridi is not happy. WI 69-2 in 15 overs.

After the quick two wickets, Samuels puts Windies in a position of comfort getting a few boundaries. WI 46-2 in 10 overs.

West Indies are in trouble as they lose another one with Smith offering a simple catch to Sohail in the slips. WI 28-2 in 7.5 overs.

Dwayne Smith c Haris Sohail b Sohail Khan 23 (27b 4x4 0x6)

Irresponsible shot from Gayle especially after Smith having survived a ball before playing almost a similar shot. Pakistan celebrate as Riaz takes a fine catch in the deep. WI 17-1 in 5 overs.

Chris Gayle c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Irfan 4 (14b 0x4 0x6)

It's been fine show from both the Pakistan quickies. No loose runs given. WI 14-0 in 4 overs.

A positive first over for Windies as Smith gets a boundary of the very first ball. But with Irfan getting lot of swing can make the Windies openers uneasy. WI 6-0 in 1 over.

The national anthems are done and the players take the field. Pakistan players circle up for a quick meeting. Gayle and Smith open for Windies. Mohammad Irfan takes the ball for Pakistan.

Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq has turned lucky with the toss and he puts Windies to bat first.

In a surprising change, Pakistan have replaced spinner Yasir Shah with batsman Nasir Jamshed.


Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Younus Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan

West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Suleman Benn


The 44-day World Cup is barely a week old and Pakistan and the West Indies are already viewing their second match as crucial to morale and potentially to their survival.

Both suffered first game defeats and both are embroiled in off-field controversy, with their Pool B clash in Christchurch on Saturday likely to be decided by the team best able to overcome disharmony in the ranks.

Before the tournament, Pakistan and the West Indies, along with South Africa and India, knew that on world rankings they should fill the four Pool B quarter-final slots ahead of Zimbabwe, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

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But when Ireland reprised their giant-killer role to beat the West Indies in Nelson it became clear to Pakistan that they in turn could not afford to fall to a wounded Caribbean side determined to claw back lost points.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was aware of the magnitude of the task facing his side even before the Ireland result.

"I think we need to win the next game. That's the only way to stay in the tournament," he said when reviewing his side's 76-run opening loss to India.

All-rounder and former West Indies captain Darren Sammy was equally blunt in his assessment of his side.

"If we continue to play like that we won't be here for long for sure," he said after the four-wicket loss to Ireland.

Against India, Pakistan's batting was miserable with only Misbah getting more than 50 as the team was rolled for 224 in 47 overs when chasing 300.

The bowling was no better with Sohail Khan the exception with his five for 55 off his 10 overs.

The West Indies at least had a century maker in Lendl Simmons who scored 102 of their 304 against Ireland, but captain Jason Holder was unable to generate any venom in the bowling attack.

Ireland reached 273 for two before losing four quick wickets when the result was already beyond doubt.

The problems facing both sides are similar.

Unpredictable Pakistan are beset by a captaincy tussle involving incumbent Misbah and former leader Shahid Afridi.

There are also disciplinary issues with Afridi involved in a curfew breach before the tournament started, along with a number of other players, and he has been linked to a row with fielding coach Grant Luden.

On the field, Pakistan are short of leading paceman Umar Gul, ruled out of the World Cup because of injury, and spinner Saeed Ajmal who was withdrawn because of his disputed bowling action.

In the West Indies camp, the loss to Ireland has put the spotlight on the selection of 23-year-old Holder as captain, and his need to win the respect of senior players, after a shake up following a player revolt.

Sammy was involved in several on-field discussions during the Ireland match although he maintained afterwards Holder had his full support.

Chris Gayle, who is capable of changing a game when on form, has been critical of the make up of the World Cup squad.

On the bowling front, they are without Sunil Narine who pulled out of the World Cup saying he needs more remedial work on his questionable bowling action.

The West Indies may be referred to as a side that has twice won the World Cup but in reality there is no comparison between this unit and the great Caribbean teams of the past.

The last time West Indies reached the semi-finals was back in 1996 while Pakistan, the 1992 champions, were semi-finalists at the last Cup in 2011.

Squads and officials:

West Indies:
Jason Holder (capt), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre Russel, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor, Nikita Miller.

Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan.

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Nigel Llong(ENG)
TV umpire: S. Ravi (IND)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)