Mar 14, 2007

Did Pakistan play well?

Sure they did, but they came up against a bunch of committed players like Dwayne Smith (with bat and ball) and Dwayne Bravo. Bravo! In the end, it was really the fielding that set the two teams apart. Bravo’s catches (one at gully and the other off his own bowling) dismissed two key batsmen whereas Pakistan’s drop of Sarwan cost them a bit.

Pakistan has always been a rather eclectic team and one still cannot write them off. But unlike in 1992 when they got a second and third chance, it seems fairly unlikely that will happen again. The West Indies, though, must be suitably happy with their performance after the thrashing from India and now harbouring hopes of making it far.

With this win (and unless they lose to Zimbabwe or Ireland) the West Indies will surely top Group D and depending on the result of the Australia v South Africa match (March 24), will play one of the two on March 27 in the first Super Eight match in Antigua.

As for Pakistan, not going into the Super Eight with any points could be the biggest negative. They will play their first match against England or New Zealand on March 30 in Guyana. So they will have some extra time to prepare. Maybe not all losses are bad, eh?

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