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Windies thump Pakistan, Aussies washed out

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The West Indies have improved to a 1-1 record at the Cricket World Cup after beating Pakistan by 150 runs in Christchurch.

Chasing 311 for victory, Pakistan slumped to the worst start in one-day international history, losing Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan and Haris Sohail for just one run after 3.1 overs.

West Indies paceman Jerome Taylor took three of the four early wickets, finishing with 3-15 while Andre Russell claimed 3-33.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (7) fell in the 11th over to leave the 1992 champions at 5-25, bringing Umar Akmal to the crease.

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The wicketkeeper then set about rebuilding the innings alongside Sohaib Maqsood and the pair put on 80 runs before Maqsood fell for 50 to a brilliant catch by Sulieman Benn off the bowling of Darren Sammy (1-47).

Akmal was the next to fall, for 59, when he holed out to Dwayne Smith to give Russell his second wicket, leaving Pakistan 7-139 with the tail exposed.

Shahid Afridi (28), Wahab Riaz (3) and Sohail Khan (1) then fell for just 21 runs as Pakistan limped to an all-out score of 160 in 39 overs.

Earlier, Pakistan had restricted West Indies to 4-195 at the 40-over mark after Chris Gayle’s indifferent form continued when he was caught for four and Darren Bravo was forced to retire hurt on 49 after he injured his left hamstring.

Bravo took no further part in the match and was taken to hospital for an MRI scan.

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin accelerated the scoring rate with 51 including seven boundaries and Lendl Simmons, a hero in a losing cause with 102 against Ireland, carried on where he had left off by lofting the first two sixes of the innings.

Russell ensured the West Indies would set a challenging total by clubbing three sixes in an over to finish unbeaten on 42 while Simmons was run out off the last ball of the innings for 50 as his side reached 6-310.

Pakistan did not help their cause with sloppy fielding and three dropped catches, two of them simple chances to their former captain Shahid Afridi on the leg side.

Saturday’s other game between Australia and Bangladesh was abandoned after rain from Cyclone Marcia made any play at the Gabba impossible.

Both teams received one point each, leaving Australia second behind Pool A leaders New Zealand ahead of their clash in Auckland next Saturday.

– with ABC

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