Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pakistan v West Indies: Cricket World Cup 2011 live

Knock Out Match Begins Pakistan Vs West Indies in 1st Quater Final
OVER 1: Pak 4/0. Gul to Smith, and first ball's a garbage half-tracker that Smith slaps past point for four. Pah. Thought the garbage teams had gone home? Nice start for Smith though. Big appeal from Gul as he finds a better line. Fairly straight but probably just pitched outside the left-handers leg stump. Review? Nope. Bit of nibble off the pitch, and bit of variable bounce-age. Dire crowd by the way. Good comeback from Gul.

08.29: Henry Gayle positively sprinting to the crease. By that I mean brisk walk of course. Predictions to me here please...has to be Pakistan for me, but the toss has certainly levelled things. Windes, remember, haven't won a proper ODI against a proper team since July 2009.

08.25: Blues skies in Mirpur. Anthem time...and you've to say Pakistan have edged that one. Largely because it is a national anthem rather than some please-all token effort designed not to annoy Jamaicans/Barbadians etc...

0819: Shahi Afridi: "Toss doesn't give any difference. We bowled first against Australia; we will carry on with the same attitude. All the boys know the importance of this competition. We are very positive and looking forward to this game."

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal†, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi*, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.

West Indies: DS Smith, CH Gayle, RR Sarwan, DM Bravo, KA Pollard, DC Thomas†, DJG Sammy*, D Bishoo, R Rampaul, S Chanderpaul, KAJ Roach

08.10: West Indies have won the toss and will..........bat! Gayle, Chanderpaul and Roach in for Edwards, Benn and Andre Russell. Saeed Ajmal plays for Pakistan.

08.00: Wake up! Don't you know there's a bloody World Cup on!

So after 42 games and five weeks we are finally at what I like to call the 'quarter-finals'. Pakistan v West Indies today, should be a cracker. Teams to come.

Required reading, and listening, and emails...

MIchael Vaughan previews today's quarter-final.

Geoffrey Boycott on the utterly pointless but mildly diverting marathon of matches which got us to this point.

And if you STILL haven't signed up for the Cricket World Cup Email yet then there's probably not much point now, to be honest. But if you're still up for it, well, y'know, upto you.


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