Dhaka, March 23: The West Indies had just no answers to the onslaught launched by the Pakistani spinners, getting bowled out for a shocking 112 in 43.3 overs. A trio of early set-backs planted the Windies firmly on a defensive as their run-rate slipped to an abysmal level. As though that was not bad enough, they kept losing wickets soon after crossing 50 in the 21st over and even a 40-run stand between Kemar Raoch (16) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (44*) couldn't get their side back on the rails. Leg-break Shahid Afrid was the most impactful bowler, picking up 4/30.
Having reached a dismal 60/4 in 25 overs, the West Indies still had a lot of rebuilding to do. However, more destruction followed and lots of it. In the 27th over, Pakistan captain and leg-break Shahid Afridi pegged the Windies back further by first getting Kieron Pollard caught behind for 1 and then trapping Devon Thomas in front for a duck to be in a hat trick.
Even though Windies captain Darren Sammy survived the hat-trick ball and was dropped by Younus Khan at slip the first ball next over, he was lbw just two deliveries later to Saeed Ajmal, for 1. But Ajmal wasn't done for the over. He then bowled Devendra Bishoo for a duck as the Windies plummeted to 71/8 in 27.5 overs.
Then Kemar Roach and surviving batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul put on something of a partnership. In the 37th over, Roach struck a four off Wahab Riaz to bring up the West Indies 100. But just 11 runs later, he was caught at short midwicket off Abdul Razzaq and was on his way for 16. One run later, Shahidf Afridi bowled Ravi Rampaul around his legs and the Windies were all out for 112 in 43.3 overs.
The West Indies innings didn't get off to the best of starts. Although Devon Smith smacked Umar Gul for a four in the first ball of the innings and Chris Gayle bludgeoned a couple more boundaries, the latter batsman was caught by Shahid Afridi (off Gul) for 8 as the Windies score read 14/1 in 2.5 overs.
But there was more trouble almost straight away. In the 6th over, Mohammad Hafeez effected a double strike, first trapping Devon Smith in front for 7 and then dismissing Darren Bravo in a similar manner, for a duck. West Indies had slid to 16/3 in 5.4 overs. Then Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul began to rebuild, but very slowly as the score read 18/3 after 10 overs.
However, in the 13th over, Sarwan struck a couple of boundaries off Wahab Riaz. In the 19th over, the same batsman came in for a bit of luck when Gul put down a catch at extra cover off Afridi. The Windies finally reached 50/3 in the 21st over when Chanderpaul ran a single off Afridi.
But just a couple of overs later, Afridi induced Sarwan into a cut shot which the batsman played straight into the hands of Gul at point. The Windies were in dirstraits at 58/4 in the 25th over when Kieron Pollard came to the crease.