AFP

DHAKA

Defending champions West Indies charged into the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a spectacular 84-run win over Pakistan in a key Super-10 match in Dhaka on Tuesday. The West Indies recovered from a top-order meltdown to post 166-6 after electing to take first strike, before three wickets each by spin twins Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine skittled Pakistan for 82 in 17.5 overs.

The West Indies, who finished second behind unbeaten India in group two, will clash with group one champions Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Dhaka on Thursday. India, who won all their four league matches, meet South Africa at the same venue on Friday. The final will take place in Dhaka on Sunday.

It was the first time Pakistan, finalists in the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and champions in 2009, failed to reach the knock-out rounds in the five editions of the tournament. The West Indies slumped to 81-5 before skipper Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo led a dramatic rescue act by adding 71 for the sixth wicket off just 32 balls. Bravo smashed four sixes and two fours in a 26-ball 46, while Sammy remained unbeaten on 42 off 20 balls that contained five fours and two sixes.

The West Indies plundered 71 runs in the last four overs, taking 21 runs in the 18th bowled by seamer Umar Gul and 24 in the 19th by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. Pakistan never recovered after Ahmed Shehzad, who scored a century in the previous match against Bangladesh, was leg-before to Krishmar Santokie off the first ball of the innings. Badree removed Kamran Akmal in the second over, Umar Akmal in the fourth and Shoaib Malik in the sixth to leave Pakistan tottering at 13-4.

Skipper M Hafeez (19) and Sohaib Maqsood (18) fell in successive overs to make it 42-6, before Narine removed Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir in four balls to hasten the end. Earlier, the West Indies lost both openers by the fourth over, with Chris Gayle stumped off Hafeez for five and Dwayne Smith caught behind off Tanvir for eight.

Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuel add 39 for the third wicket when both batsmen fell in the 11th over to reduce the West Indies to 67 for four. Lendl was run out for a 29-ball 31 while attempting a cheeky single, while Samuels was bowled by Shahid Afridi for 20 after striking a six off the previous delivery. It soon became 81-5 as Denesh Ramdin holed out in the deep off left-arm spinner Zulfiqur Babar, but Sammy and Bravo stepped in to play what turned out to be match-winning knocks.

Pakistan captain Hafeez rued the last four overs they bowled. "This wasn't the best of performance from Pakistan. We didn't play well in the final four overs, credit to West Indies. In the first 16 overs we bowled very well, but they got the momentum in the final four overs. We were a little bit panicked early in the chase." Hafeez thanks the fans for their support, and apologises for not putting on a better show. He also says he would have wanted to bat first.

West Indies captain Sammy said Australia win was a real boost. "Australia was a pumped-up West Indies, today was a more focussed West Indies. They haven't chased very well. We were looking for 160, we had the momentum going into the dressing room at the break. [about his batting] It's about backing yourself, I have worked a lot with the batting coach, it is just about being confident, I'm trying to do whatever is necessary to get the team over the line." Man of the match Bravo uttered his surprise over easy win. "I didn't expect it to be so easy, we have a bowling line-up that can defend any total. Pakistan had our batting in a bit of a bother, but we bat deep.

 Man of the Match I would have tied with myself, Sammy and Badree."

Scoreboard

WEST INDIES:

D Smith c Kamran b Tanvir    8

C Gayle st Kamran b Hafeez    5

L Simmons run out    31

M Samuels b Afridi     20

D Bravo run out    46

D Ramdin c Umar Akmal b Zulfiqar    5

D Sammy not out    42

A Russell not out    0

EXTRAS: (lb4, w5)    9

TOTAL: (6 wkts; 20 overs)    166

FOW: 1-10, 2-22, 3-61, 4-67, 5-81, 6-152

BOWLING: M Hafeez 2-0-15-1, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-27-1, Zulfiqar Babar 4-0-27-1, Shahid Afridi 4-0-23-1, Umar Gul 2-0-29-0, Saeed Ajmal 4-0-41-0

PAKISTAN:

Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Santokie    0

Kamran Akmal c Bravo b Badree    0

M Hafeez c Gayle b Russell    19

Umar Akmal st Ramdin b Badree    1

Shoaib Malik st Ramdin b Badree    2

Sohaib Maqsood st Ramdin b Narine    18

Shahid Afridi st Ramdin b Narine    18

Sohail Tanvir c Sammy b Narine    14

Umar Gul c Simmons b Santokie    4

Saeed Ajmal b Russell    1

Zulfiqar Babar not out    3

EXTRAS: (w2)    2

TOTAL: (all out; 17.5 overs)    82

FOW: 1-0, 2-1, 3-9, 4-13, 5-37, 6-42, 7-74, 8-75, 9-78, 10-82

BOWLING: K Santokie 2.5-0-9-2, S Badree 4-0-10-3, M Samuels 3-0-21-0, A Russell 3-0-15-2, S Narine 4-0-16-3, D Smith 1-0-11-0

TOSS: West Indies

MAN OF THE MATCH: DJ Bravo

UMPIRES: I Gould (Eng), R Kettleborough (Eng)