Pakistan suffered a huge defeat in the hands of West Indies in its second successive match in world cup cricket and severely dented its chances of reaching the next stage. It may be recalled that Pakistan was beaten, neck and crop by arch-rivals India, in its earlier group match. Pakistan lost today’s match with a huge margin of 150 runs and their net run rate is abysmally low at –2.26. They also languish at the bottom of the table in Group-B.
West Indies after having been shocked by minnows Ireland, clawed its way back to upstage Pakistan in a superb show of belligerent batsmanship and accurate bowling. Pakistan obliged Windies with some loose shots, with their top order dancing to Calypso beat. Put into bat by Pakistan, West Indies piled up a huge 310 for 6 with most of the batsmen contributing to the team’s total.
Chris Gayle alone missed out on a good wicket in Christchurch. The wicket encouraged stroke play, but offered enough swing to the bowlers, whenever they bowled the channel. Though, the opening partnership gave in, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo held the innings together. Bravo in particular played with conviction and dropped anchor. He subsequently retired with a torn hamstring, when he failed to evade a direct throw. His injury however is said to be of a lower grade. For West Indies, Andre Russell shone with bat and ball to be declared man of the match. He scored a cameo of 42 from 13 balls and took 3 wickets with the ball.
In contrast Pakistan started off on a disastrous note losing as many as 4 wickets for just one run on the board and the 4th over wasn’t even complete. Jerome Taylor and Jason Holder ran through their top order as Pakistan further slipped to 25 for 5. There isn’t even a semblance of fight from Pak batsmen as they kept marching back to pavilion like guinea pigs. Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood registered half-centuries, but they kept losing wickets almost compulsively. They were eventually taken down for 160 in just 39 overs and the whole unit looked jaded and out- of- form en masse.
Pakistan is a cricket mad country and their fans must have pinned high hopes on their world cup team. They may not stand a genuine chance of winning the world cup, but such pathetic performance is least expected from an established side. Misbah-ul-Haq is now regarded as a weak captain and Younis Khan is asked to retire with immediate effect. With Ireland playing, out of their skins and other teams consolidating their position, Pakistan seems set for an early exit from 2015 world cup.