Pakistan lost. They had a couple of good warm-up games and they were expected to come trumps over the home team, who had a dreadful warm-up outing against India. But the 2 most unpredictable teams in the competition did not fail to disappoint - never ever trust the current form of these 2 teams coz there is no bigger lie than that.
I'm sure Inzi would like to draw a parallel between today's game and Pakistan's first game in the '92 world cup (Inzi's debut world cup game). Pakistan lost to the West Indies by 10 wkts on that occasion. They managed just 1 win in the next 4 games, but somehow rallied together after that to register one of the greatest comeback victories in the championship history. But the difference here is that Pakistan must now win the next 2 games to make it to the next round - one bad game against the minnows and they would all be going home to join Shoaib and share his "in the hell" feeling.
For the Windies and all their fans in the Carribbean this is a great start. All the batsmen, except for Gayle and the birthday boy Ramdin, got starts. Sarwan looked busy, Samuels looked in imperious touch and then Smith played a typical flamboyant Carribbean cameo to boost the total past 240. The bowlers followed it up with a very disciplined performance - conceding just 2 wides. All of them picked wickets - with Smith and Bravo picking up 3 wickets each.
For Pakistan, it wasn't really that bad a day at the office. There were definitely a couple positives in the bowling department - Gul and Rao Iftikhar made the fans forget that Shoaib and Asif were missing. Hopefully Gul would last the tournament without getting injured and Iftikhar would stick to the line and discipline that he showed today in the remaining games.
Labels: Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, ICC World Cup 2007, Inzamam Ul Haq, Marlon Samuels, Mohammad Asif, Pakistan, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, West Indies