Pakistan off to a flying start in the first semifinal when they crushed West Indies by 10 wickets in an one-sided quarterfinals played at the Sher-e- Bangla Stadium Dhaka on Monday. Pakistan make to semifinal after 12 years gap. Pakistani opener Hafeez with an all-round performance, first with ball and then with bat, romped home with easy win. Pakistan reached the semifinal 6th time in the World Cup and Pakistan registered the third 10-wicket victory in the megaevent. Pakistan has defeated West Indies in first quarter final of ICC World Cup 2011. West Indies win the toss and elected to bat first and were crashed out for just 112 runs in 43.3 overs. The reason for batting first was, if West Indies succeeded to score 250 plus runs then it will be difficult for Pakistan to chase it, because Pakistan is not comfortable in chasing the target. But professional approach of Pakistan team changed the situation in their favour completely from the beginning. A surprise package from Shahid Afridi in shape of Hafeez sharing attack with Umer Gul really destroyed West Indies batting line up. Only Chanderpaul and Sarwan tried to stay on crease. But at the end of the West Indian inning they were only able to score 112 runs all out in 43 overs. Shahid Afridi led from the front once again as captain and took 4 wickets. Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal took 2 wickets each. The 112 runs target was an easy chase for a side like Pakistan. Resultantly Pakistan won the match by 10 wickets. Qualifying for the semi-final of World cup is a big achievement. In group matches Pakistan has defeated teams like Sri Lanka and Australia. This is a very positive sign for Pakistan cricket. Because after spot fixing controversy Pakistani fans were really disappointed and most of the experts were thinking that Pakistan cricket is on decline. Some elements from ICC and big cricket boards were also supporting these circumstances. But Pakistani team acknowledged that they are still in the best 4 teams of the cricket world. Although Pakistan is two matches away from the trophy, but playing semi final is also good enough. The cricket Pundits and Think Tanks claim blown into air when Pakistan became the first team to enter the 2011 Cricket World Cup semi-final after outplaying West Indies in Dhaka on Wednesday despite a spot-fixing set back through which they were deprived of the services of Salman Butt, M Aamir and M Asif. On the other hand, English and India Media have also tried their best to degrade Pakistan teams morale in the World Cup. The victor team Pakistan were neither the favourites nor in the list of semi-finalists predicted by the pundits. According to their predictions, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and England were in line for semi-finals. According to them South Africa and India will play the final and the later will win the mega event. In the earlier statement, India skipper had already desired that we will break the jinx of not winning World Cup by any host country. Pakistan despite losing the toss show their class and compelled West Indies to play defensive game instead of offensive against 1992 world champions. Umar Gul gave them first jolt in the opening over when Chris Gayle played a classy cover drive that went to Captain Afridi who accepted the catch gleefully and send the West Indies opener back to pavilion, who was looking dangerous in the beginning. If that sharp catch was floored then the match could have gone the other way. But Afridi sharp reaction helped him to hold on the catch. If Kamran Akmal had not missed Chanderpaul stumping chance then West Indies could be bowled out under 100 runs but his poor show again harmed Pakistan. Why team management did not think about his replacement. It is imperative for management to change this keeper and try some other boy to keep the wicket. Later on, Afridi done his job and claimed four important wickets and took his World Cup wickets tally to 21. He became the first bowler to claim four wickets haul four successive time in the World Cup. Afridi was at one stage came nearer to earn a hat-trick but West Indies captain Darren Sammy spoiled the Pakistan Captains claim. Any how Pakistan restricted to 112 in 43.3 overs. Chanderpaul remained not out on 44 runs. Now Pakistani team management must chalk-out plan for semifinals to be played on March 30 either against India or Australia. Well done Pakistan and keep it up.