World Cup History: Pakistan vs West Indies

Both countries have been part of various thrilling encounters

World Cup History: Pakistan vs West Indies PHOTO: Reuters

Pakistan will kick start their 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup campaign on Friday against West Indies. Here is a look at how these teams have done against each other in the previous meeting on the world stage.

Edgbaston (1975)

Pakistan and West Indies first meeting at the World Cup ended in a thrilling encounter.

Pakistan were missing the services their regular captain Asif Iqbal. Majid Khan, the stand-in captain for Pakistan elected to bat first. Majid led from the front and top scored with 60 while all-rounder Wasim Raja scored a brisk 58 from 57 balls to propel Pakistan to 266-7 in 60 overs.

Pakistan seamer Sarfaraz Nawaz had West Indies reeling at 36-3. Clive Lloyd made a half century but Pakistan kept things tight. West Indies was reduced to 203-9 and victory was looking imminent for Pakistan. However, a last wicket rare guard action from Wicket-keeper batsmen Murray and pacer Andy Roberts guided West Indies to an unlikely win with two balls to spare.

Kennington Oval (1979)

The two sides met in the second semi-final of the World Cup. Asif Iqbal won the toss and surprisingly chose to bowl first. West Indies posted 293-6 in their 60 overs on the back of half-centuries from Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. The opening duo scored 73 and 65 respectively.

It was always going to be difficult to chase this target down against the pace attack of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner. Majid Khan and Zaheer Abbas added 166 runs for the second wicket. However, their dismissals led to a collapse and Pakistan were bundled out for 250 runs in 56.2 overs.

Kennington Oval (1983)

The both sides once again met in the knockout stage of the tournament and at the same venue. Pakistan were led by the charismatic Imran Khan in this edition. Clive Lloyd won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. Once again the fierce Caribbean bowling attack proved too hot to handle for the Pakistani batsmen as they could only muster 184 in the allotted 60 overs. Opener Mohsin Khan top scored with 70 while the only other notable contribution was from Zaheer Abbas who scored 30 runs.

It was a walk in the park for the defending champions as they knocked down the runs in 48 overs with 8 wickets to spare. West Indies explosive hitter Viv Richards was at his best, scoring 86 off 96 balls. He went on to win the player of the match award and Windies made it through to their third consecutive final

Lahore (1987)

A resurgent Pakistan, led by Imran Khan on his home ground locked horns against a West Indies side which was on decline. Viv Richards won the toss and elected to bat. A quintessential effort by the Pakistani bowlers kept West Indies to just 216. Imran picked up four wickets. He was ably supported by left-arm pacers Saleem Jaffar and Wasim Akram who bagged three and two scalps respectively.

With home advantage and a modest target to chase, Pakistan were looking like the clear favorites for an easy win but Viv Richard's side had other ideas. The match went down to the wire. Pakistan were reduced to 110 for 5 when wicketkeeper-batsman Saleem Yousuf joined Imran Khan. The duo added 73 runs to take Pakistan closer. Yousuf scored a brisk 56 off 49 balls before Walsh dismissed him. 14 needed off the final over and one wicket remaining, Abdul Qadir sprung life in to a despondent crowd by hitting pacer Courtney Walsh for a six over the long-off boundary. With two to get from the last ball, field brought in to save the single, Qadir somehow managed to squeeze out the attempted yorker to give Pakistan their first World Cup win over West Indies.

Melbourne (1992)

It was Pakistan's first game in the 1992 World Cup. West Indies captain Richie Richardson asked Pakistan to bat first. The green shirts finished with 220 for 2 in 50 overs on the back of Rameez Raja's century.

In reply West Indies cruised to victory in the 47th over with 10 wickets remaining. The opening pair of Haynes and Brian Lara decimated the bowling attack. Haynes was the top scorer with 93 while Lara got to 88 before getting retired hurt.

Bristol (1999)

It was the first game for both teams in the 1999 World Cup. Pakistan elected to bat first on a cloudy day at Bristol. Top order failed in swinging conditions and Pakistan were tottering on 42-4. Consolidation act started with Muhammad Yousuf and Ijaz Ahmad adding 60 for the fifth wicket. Wasim Akram, Azhar Mahmood fireworks in the last part of the innings ensured Pakistan reached a fighting total of 229 runs.

West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Few batsmen got starts but never capitalized. The only meaningful resistance came from Chanderpaul scoring 77. A good all-round bowling performance guided Pakistan to a 27- runs win.

Sabina Park,Jamaica (2007)

The home side West Indies took on Pakistan in the opening match of the World Cup. After Pakistan elected to field first, they kept things in control for most part of the innings until a late surge from Dwayne Smith took his team to 241 as he scored 32 off just 15 deliveries.

A dismal start to the chase had Pakistan reeling on 39-3. They kept losing wickets at crucial moments and were bundled out for 187. After his heroics with the bat, Smith also picked up three wickets.

Dhaka (2011)

In the 2011 edition, both sides faced-off in the first Quarter-Final. Pakistan were high on confidence after topping their group, while West Indies finished fourth in their group. Sammy elected to bat first but Caribbean boys succumbed to spin prowess of Pakistan. Spinner Saeed Ajmal and all-rounders  Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi collectively picked 8 wickets among them as they dismissed West Indies for 112.

Kamran Akmal and Muhammad Hafeez came out all guns blazing as the duo scored 47* and 61* respectively and guided Pakistan to a 10 wicket victory.

Christchurch (2015)

The tenth game of the World Cup saw these two sides meet in New Zealand. Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first. A comical fielding performance and dismal planning with the ball allowed West Indies to reach 310. Russell, Sammy and Simmons all feasted on some ordinary bowling and made 120 runs in the last ten overs.

Pakistan started horrendously with three of their top four back in to the pavilion without scoring a run. Pakistan were reduced to 1-4, which looked more like a football score-line. There was no coming back from this and Pakistan were bowled out for 160. It is West Indies highest win against the Pakistan in terms of runs. Andre Russell was the man of the match for his all-round display.

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