From being a land of pacemen, the Caribbean side now spins a web around batsmen
But the hugely experienced Dwayne Bravo and the late over phenomenon that is Darren Sammy were together at the wicket in the last quarter of the innings and starting to find their range. The crucial over was the 18th bowled by Umar Gul. Bravo thumped one six over long-on and unleashed another huge blow over square-leg. When Gul tried to find his yorker he was slashed over point. In the next over from Ajmal he stepped back on his stumps, and, reading Ajmal’s variations brilliantly, carted two more sixes over the leg-side off the backfoot. Sammy weighed in with a skimmer over long-off to take 24 off Ajmal’s final over leaving him with 0-41, his second worst figures in T20Is. Although Bravo then dropped his bat and was run out for 46, Sammy clubbed more runs off the final over from Sohail Tanvir, finishing with 42 not out from 28 balls. West Indies had almost doubled its score in the last five overs off which it had bludgeoned 82 runs.
Pakistan had won its two matches in this competition batting first and had defended a score with its crafty bowlers. Chasing would be a more severe test of its ability. It failed at it immediately, the centurion of the previous match Ahmed Shezhad being pinned lbw first ball with a nifty in-ducker from Santokie. From hero to zero in one match.
Then it was over to the fast leg-spinner Samuel Badree, a very similar bowler to Afridi. Kamran Akmal handed a simple catch to cover, Umar Akmal didn’t spot his googly and was stumped and Shoaib Malik was hopelessly stranded down the pitch. Suddenly Pakistan was 13-4. It didn’t find the boundary until the seventh over, and seemed clueless against the accuracy of Badree who finished with 3-10, and the canny variety of Sunil Narine.