West Indies rout Pakistan
West Indies Rout Pakistan

West Indies 310 for 6 (Ramdin 51, Simmons 50, Russell 42) beat Pakistan 160 (Akmal 59, Maqsood 50, Taylor 3-15, Russell 3-33) by 150 runs

West Indies routed a dismal Pakistan by 150 runs in a dominant display in Christchurch.

The momentum of the match changed in the space of 8 overs as West Indies smashed 65 runs from the final four overs and took four Pakistani wickets for just one run in the first four overs of their bowling display.

Pakistan were atrocious in their fielding display. They dropped multiple catches and constant misfields to produce comfortably the weakest fielding performance of the tournament.

However, the woeful fielding and inconsistent bowling fared better than their top-order batting performance.

The contest was as good as over after four overs as Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder wreaked havoc to leave Pakistan 1-4 and effectively end the match as a competitive contest.

Taylor took three wickets in his first 12 deliveries through outstanding new-ball bowling. His first wicket was that of Nasir Jamshed for a second-ball duck as a top-edged pull found Andre Russell at mid-wicket.

Still in the first over, Taylor has Younis Khan caught behind first ball as he angled the ball from wide of the crease, angling towards off-stump before shaping away to take the outside edge sparking huge celebrations.

In his second over, Taylor had his third batsman removed for a duck as Haris Sohail cut straight to substitute fielder Jonathan Carter, on for Darren Bravo, at backward point.

Captain Jason Holder then joined in, having Ahmed Shehzad caught behind for 1, the only run thus far, via a good length delivery.

Misbah-Ul-Haq, so often the saviour for Pakistan was fifth man to fall with the score on 25 flashing hard at a wide delivery only for the thick edge to carry to Chris Gayle who took an excellent catch.

Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal both scored fifties as they combined for an 80 run partnership to restore some Pakistani pride before drilling a low full toss off Darren Sammy’s bowling down to mid-on where Sulieman Benn took an outstanding low catch to his left.

110 runs were scored from the last ten overs with Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons yet again building a solid platform as they did against Ireland which allowed Andre Russell to decimate the Pakistan bowling in just 13 deliveries.

In those 13 deliveries, four sixes and three fours were scored. 42 runs in total and West Indies had soared past 300 which looked unlikely up until the final ten overs.

The West Indies got off to a slow start yet produced a solid team performance with each batsman from number three to eight scoring at least 30.

The only worry for the West Indies will be the injury sustained by Darren Bravo who seemed to injure a hamstring attempting a quick single and was stretchered off the field retired hurt for 49. Bravo will be assessed by medical staff to determine the length of time Bravo will miss.

For Pakistan, they are now on the verge of exiting the tournament and will certainly need to beat Zimbabwe and the UAE in their next two fixtures.

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