Pakistan opener Mohammed Hafeez played some delightful shots and hit a superb fifty to help Pakistan beat West Indies by 10 wickets. Kamran Akmal also provided a good supporting h



Captain Shahid Afridi picked up four wickets and Mohammad Hafeez put up a good all-round display as Pakistan spanked West Indies by 10 wickets to book their place in the semifinal of the World Cup on Wednesday.

Pakistan skittled out WI for 112 in just 43.3 overs and then chased it down with ease with 29.1 overs to spare in a hugely-lopsided quarterfinal clash at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Mohammad Hafeez (61) and Kamran Akmal (47) toyed with the West Indies bowling and sewed up a 125-ball 113-run opening stand to help Pakistan move into the semifinals after a gap of 12 years.

Afridi's men didn't put a foot wrong after West Indies skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and sent them to field.

Hafeez's two early strikes pushed West Indies on the backfoot right at the start of their innings and Afridi followed it up with 4/30 to dismiss two-time champions West Indies for their third lowest World Cup total.

Hafeez also shone with the bat and provided a blistering start to Pakistan's run chase, clubbing a couple of fours off Kemar Roach in the very first over.

Kamran blasted Roach for another four in the next over when his uppish cut kissed Kieron Pollard's fingers at point before racing to the boundary. The wicketkeeper-batsman picked up another four off the pacer in his next over.

Spinner Devendra Bishoo and skipper Darren Sammy tried to put the break and bowled two maiden overs but Hafeez stroked a couple of fours off the former in his second over to take Pakistan across the 50-mark in eight overs.

Hafeez didn't give in a bit and kept punishing the bowlers with utter disdain. He clipped one off the pad and then lifted one over midwicket, before sending Bishoo across the point boundary to race towards his half-century.

In the 17th over, Hafeez picked up another four off Rampaul to notch up the eighth half-ton of his career off just 55 balls and then took Pakistan across the 100-mark in the 20th over.

Kamran matched his partner shot by shot and remained not out on 47 with seven fours.

Earlier, West Indies skipper Darren Sammy's decision to bat first after winning the toss turned out to be horrible as they were reduced to 16/3 by the sixth over, with the dangerous Chris Gayle back in the pavilion.

Spearhead Gul gave Pakistan a dream start when he had Gayle caught at mid-off by none other than the skipper himself.

If losing Gayle so early was not bad enough, West Indies were dealt another body blow as the left-hander's opening partner, Devon Smith, was trapped in front by Hafeez.

Hafeez was at the thick of things again when he had Darren Bravo caught plumb in front.

West Indies looked completely out of sorts against the guile and variation of the opposition bowlers, especially Hafeez, who picked up two wickets while conceding just 12 runs in his first spell of eight overs, which also had three maidens.

Afridi seemed pro-active in his approach and was looking for wickets at all costs, and at all times.

The skipper was in no mood to let go of the early advantage and therefore replaced first-change bowler Wahab Riaz after the left-arm seamer went wicket-less in his first three overs.

Afridi's move paid dividends as he broke the 42-run partnership between Ramnaresh Sarwan (24) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (44 not out), the biggest of the innings.

Sarwan and Chanderpaul tried to steady the ship with a dodgy stand, but the duo's effort proved to be insufficient in the prevailing circumstances.

West Indies team            
DS Smith, CH Gayle, RR Sarwan, DM Bravo, KA Pollard, DC Thomas†, DJG Sammy*, D Bishoo, R Rampaul, S Chanderpaul, KAJ Roach
Pakistan team            
Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal†, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi*, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal