Dhaka, March 23: It was the type of merciless display truly befitting prospective world champions as Pakistan pulverised the West Indies by 10 wickets to storm into the semi-finals of the World Cup 2011. Pakistan's openers Mohammad Hafeez (61*) and Kamran Akmal (47*) encountered no problems in chasing down the meagre target of 113, which they achieved in just 20.5 overs.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan's spinners put on a stunning performance to shoot out the opposition for 112 in 43.3 overs. After being dealt three early blows, the Windies crawled to 50/3 in the 21st over and 60/4 in 25 overs, before undergoing a middle and latter-order decline. Shahid Afridi was the most effective bowler picking up 4/30 while getting excellent support from Hafeez (2/16) and Saeed Ajmal (2/18). Shivnarine Chandepaul top-scored for his side with an unbeaten 44.
Pakistan's innings got off to the perfect start, with Mohammad Hafeez slapping Kemar Roach for 2 fours in the first over. Then Kamran Akmal got into the act, blasting Ravi Rampaul for two consecutive boundaries in the second before rounding off the over with another four. Pakistan had raced to 25/0 in 2 overs.
Each batsman knocked another four off the hapless pacers, before Windies wicket-keeper Devon Thomas dropped a tough chance by Hafeez off Roach down the leg side. Then with the score at 43/0 in 5 overs, leg-break Devendra Bishoo was introduced into the attack and bowled a maiden straight up. Captain Darren Sammy followed up with a maiden of his own.
However, in the 8th over, Hafeez smacked Bishoo for two fours to bring up the Pakistani 50. The boundaries kept coming fluently as Pakistan climbed to 75/0 in 13 overs. After a slight lull in the scoring, Hafeez smashed Rampaul for a four to notch up his 50 and then celebrated with another boundary as Pakistan moved onto 95/0 in 17.2 overs.
Hefeez then took 3 runs off Rampaul to bring up Pakistan's 100 in 19.2 overs before finishing the over with another boundary. Then towards the end of the next over, Kamran struck the winning boundary. Pakistan had grabbed victory by 10 wickets with 175 balls to spare.