All but four teams will be heading back to their respective countries now. India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies will be preparing for the semis. Tomorrow is a rest day. Then we have the first semi-final between West Indies and Sri Lanka on Thursday, 3rd April at 1900 local time. It promises to be an exciting contest already. Do join us for the coverage. Till then, cheers and goodbye!
The Man of the Match award goes to Dwayne Bravo. He says that he didn't expect it to be this easy. Adds that the team put runs on the board and knew that they had the bowling line-up to defend any total. He knew that the Pakistan team had them in a bit of a bother but they did not panic. He jokingly says that there would be a tie-up between himself, Sammy and Badree for the Man of the Match award.
So, the first semi-final lines up like this - West Indies vs Sri Lanka. We already know the second one - India vs South Africa. The group stage saw some sapping cricket being played. Most the matches were pretty tight. Even the Dutch who were the only Associate team in the Super 10s fought very hard. Disappointing performances came from Australia, Bangladesh and England.
Santokie picked up a wicket off the first ball of the innings and the spinners took it from there on and picked up wickets at regular intervals. This is the third consecutive game in which a side chasing under lights has been bowled out under 100. Seems like the tables have turned in Dhaka and captains winning the toss will have serious thinking to do. This is also West Indies' highest margin of victory by runs in T20Is.
Sweet surrender from Pakistan has allowed West Indies to qualify for the semi-finals. They will play Sri Lanka, the opponents they had beaten in the final of the previous edition. West Indies put in a professional performance with the bat after some inspirational batting in the death from Sammy and Bravo.
Krishmar Santokie to Umar Gul
OUT! All over for Pakistan! Pakistan are all out for 82! Full and slow around off, Gul goes for another slog sweep and top edges the ball again. The ball goes straight down the throat of Simmons at deep mid-wicket. WEST INDIES WIN BY 84 RUNS.
Krishmar Santokie to Zulfiqar Babar
Fullish around off, pushed away to the covers for a single.
Narine drops a simple chance! Fullish around off stump, Gul goes for a slog sweep but miscues the ball high in the air. Narine gets under it but his lazy attempt causes him to drop the ball.
Length around off, dabbed away to point where a good stop keeps the batsmen down to one.
Full on off stump, driven away to mid off.
Santokie back into the attack.
Andre Russell to Zulfiqar Babar
Pitched up around off stump, driven nicely to deep cover for a single.
Zulfiqar Babar is the last man in to bat.
Andre Russell to Saeed Ajmal
OUT! Bowled round his legs! Russell has his second wicket! Full and straight, you miss I hit! Ajmal shuffles across to play the paddle but misses and finds the furniture re-arranged! West Indies are just one wicket away from the semi-final berth.
Andre Russell to Umar Gul
Length outside off, Gul slashes the ball away to deep cover for a single.
Short of a length outside off, Ajmal tries the wristy pull but toe-ends the ball past Russell's effort to long on for a single.
Pitched up on off stump, driven down to long off for a single.
Back of a length on off stump, Gul defends with a straight bat.
Russell comes back on!
Sunil Narine to Saeed Ajmal
Flighted delivery around off, Ajmal defends off the front foot to point.