Watch highlights – West Indies vs Pakistan – the QuarterFinal game from the 2011 World Cup played on March 23 at Mirpur
Scoreline: West Indies 112 all out – Chanderpaul 44 no, Sarwan 24 | Afridi 9.3-1-30-4, Hafeez 10-3-16-2Ajmal 8-1-18-2, Gul 7-1-13-1
Pakistan win in 20.5 – Hafeez 61 no, Kamran 47 no
WI: A short rant about Sarwan’s knock. He looked fairly comfortable so long as he was in survival mode. And this, while facing everyone except Afridi. From the time Afridi came on, he looked intent on scoring off him despite 2 close LBW shouts and a drop. This could either be because he felt uneasy facing him and wanted to put him off or because he didn’t want Afridi running through a whole bunch of middle overs. In any case, my point is – when he did get out, given the earlier close shaves, it didn’t look paricularly clever. But if it had come off and he’d gone on to a match-impacting hundred, many of us would have been raving about how brilliant and counter-attacking a knock it was. In short, a classic case of how things look good only when they come off. Quite obvious I suppose, now that I think about it, but there was nothing else really about WI batting. So let’s move on, if you’re still here, to another fairly obvious point on
Pak: Until today (even with the Aus win), opposition thinktanks probably looked at Pak and said, “Best case scenario – bat first and get them chasing something over 250″. But these 2 wins in a row must surely get teams revisiting tactics and wondering, “What do we do if we win the toss?. Are we sure our batsmen won’t get bowled out under 200.”
The future just acquired a greenish tint. Or is that yellow, black or 3 shades of blue. Who can tell?