#CWC15: West Indies bounce back with Pakistan thrashing

MATCH 10: West Indies showed character to bounce back from their opening defeat to Ireland with a huge 150-run win over Pakistan in Christchurch.

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For Pakistan the Cricket World Cup could not have got off to a worse start. After an opening loss to great rivals India they needed to get back on track themselves.

Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and decided to bat, but apart from taking the wicket of Chris Gayle early things unravelled quickly as they dropped chances aplenty.

When it came to their turn to bat, Pakistan found themselves four wickets down with just one run on the scoreboard. It’s almost impossible to win matches from there.

West Indies have done a lot to restore their challenge, but they still have work to do. Gayle is out of sorts at the stop of the order. He mishit a pull off Mohammad Irfan in the fifth over and was gone for a 14-ball 4. Dwayne Smith too is not at his best - he nicked off on 23 to Sohail Khan as only 16 runs came from five powerplay overs.

Darren Bravo played well for his 49, but the West Indies camp will be concerned that he retired hurt with what appeared to be a torn hamstring. He had previously survived a blow to the head when a throw from Younis Khan hit the side of his helmet. After receiving treatment he played on to hit 3 fours, but his future in the tournament must now be in doubt.

Denesh Ramdin was his characteristic impish best for 51 from only 43 balls and Lendl Simmons continued his great tournament form with 50 from 46 balls, including 2 sixes.

Player of the Match, Andre Russell, swung hard to lift West Indies to 310 for six at the close. He belted 42 off 14 balls and Pakistan never recovered.

“I thought we really batted well, we took control in the middle overs and got up past 300,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder. “The start we had with the ball was excellent especially from Jerome Taylor. I was very excited with the team, we needed to make amends and we did that today.”

Taylor had taken three wickets for one run, while Holder had one wicket for no run with Pakistan reeling at 4 for one after 19 balls of their reply.

Nasir Jamshed looked to fetch a fast one from outside off and pull, but only ballooned a dolly to short midwicket. Five balls later, Younis Khan was on his way before he could get his feet moving, a delivery angling into him from wide of the crease straightening at the last moment to catch the outside edge.

Haris Sohail made it three ducks in a row, cutting a ball from Taylor that was too straight for the shot, only finding the point fielder, who juggled but held on. Holder joined the party when Ahmed Shehzad drove with hard hands, not quite to the pitch of the ball, spearing a catch to gully.

Even Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s expert in a tight corner, could not put up a stand, falling for only 7 to leave Pakistan at 25 for five.

Sohaib Maqsood (50) and Umar Akmal (59) helped themselves to half-centuries, but all this did was flatter the margin of defeat to 150 runs and make the tiniest of dents in the negative net run-rate as Pakistan was bowled out for 160.

The 150-run winning margin was a record for West Indies against Pakistan in ODIs.

“A tough day, especially after winning the toss,” said Misbah. “I thought there was a little bit in the pitch but we couldn’t exploit that.

“Their big partnership took it away from us and we gave away too many runs at the end. They really cashed in and all credit to them.

“A Lack of confidence made it difficult for us with the bat, they bowled really well and we couldn’t get through the new ball. We have a long break now so we will pick ourselves up and get back to work.”

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