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Russell stars in Windies thrashing of Pakistan


West Indies batsman Andre Russell hits out against the Pakistan bowling during their World Cup Group B match in Christchurch on Saturday.
 CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 21 (PTI): Pakistan suffered their second consecutive loss as they were handed a crushing 150-run defeat by the West Indies who rode on Andre Russell’s all-round show in a completely one-sided cricket World Cup match here today.

Russell smashed 42 runs of just 13 balls at the fag end of West Indies innings, hitting three fours and four sixes, after half centuries from Denesh Ramdin (51) and Lendl Simmons (50) to help his side score a challenging 310 for 6 after being put into bat.

He then grabbed three wickets for 33 runs as the West Indies bundled Pakistan out for 160 in 39 overs to post a massive win at the Hagley Oval.

Pakistan, on the other hand, dished out a listless performance in all departments of the game to slump to their second defeat in the showpiece tournament. They had lost to arch-rivals India by 76 runs in their campaign opener on February 15.

Opting to field after winning the toss, Pakistan let the West Indies off the hook after reducing them to 28 for 2 as the Caribbeans cruised to 310 for 6 by scoring 115 runs in the final 10 overs.

Butter-fingered Pakistan fielders put down four catches while their bowlers, except Mohammad Irfan (1/44) and Shahid Afridi (0/48), bled runs at nearly seven an over before their batsmen produced the worst ever start to fold up for 160.

Pakistan’s hopes of chasing the stiff target virtually ended in 3.1 overs as by then they had lost four wickets for just one run in an unbelievable show of spineless batting. The loss will put Pakistan in a difficult position to qualify for the knock-out stage from seven-team Group B.

SCORECARD

West Indies: Darren Smith c Haris Sohail b Sohail Khan 23, Chris Gayle c Wahab Riaz b Irfan 4, Darren Bravo retired hurt 49, Marlon Samuels c sub b Haris Sohail 38, Denesh Ramdin c sub b Haris Sohail 51, Lendl Simmons run out 50, Darren Sammy c Afridi b Wahab Riaz 30, Andre Russell not out 42. Extras: (B-2 LB-6 W-14 NB-1) 23. Total: (For 6 wkts in 50 overs) 310. Fall of wickets: 1/17, 2/28, 3/103, 3/152*, 4/194, 5/259, 6/310. Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-44-1, Sohail Khan 10-1-73-1, Shahid Afridi 10-0-48-0, Haris Sohail 9-0-62-2, Wahab Riaz 10-0-67-1, Sohaib Maqsood 1-0-8-0.

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed c Russell b Taylor 0, Ahmed Shehzad c Simmons b Holder 1, Younis Khan c Ramdin b Taylor 0, Haris Sohail c sub b Taylor 0, Misbah-ul-Haq c Gayle b Russell 7, Sohaib Maqsood c Benn b Sammy 50, Umar Akmal c Smith b Russell 59, Shahid Afridi c Holder b Benn 28, Wahab Riaz c Ramdin b Russell 3, Sohail Khan c Ramdin b Benn 1, Mohammad Irfan not out 2. Extras: (LB-3 W-5 NB-1) 9. Total: (All out in 39 overs) 160. Fall of wickets: 1/0, 2/1, 3/1, 4/1, 5/25, 6/105, 7/139, 8/155, 9/157, 10/160. Bowling: Jerome Taylor 7-1-15-3, Jason Holder 7-2-23-1, Andre Russell 8-2-33-3, Darren Sammy 8-0-47-1, Sulieman Benn 9-0-39-2.

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