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World Cup: West Indies stay alive for quarters after hammering UAE

The Windies chased down 176 to take their points tally to six and will go through unless the Pakistan vs Ireland match ends in a tie.

Wisden India Staff |March 15, 2015, 10:15 AM IST
World Cup: West Indies stay alive for quarters after hammering UAE

"If we can wrap it up as quickly as possible, that's a plus for us. I can't play the weather. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn't, we just need to do what's required of us."

With the threatening Cyclone Pam looming large over Match 41 of the 2015 World Cup, Jason Holder chose those words to explain West Indies' mindset ahead of their crucial Pool B clash against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday(March 15).

24 hours later, Holder's men, knowing a big win will help them seal a quarterfinal berth, walked the talk as UAE were reduced to 46 for 6 in the 14th over. However, Amjad Javed (56) and Nasir Aziz (60) got together to script a 107-run partnership for the seventh wicket to help UAE post 175 in 47.4 overs. West Indies now need to overhaul the target in 36.2 overs to get a better run rate than Pakistan and progress to the knockouts.

After West Indies chose to field first, Holder and Jerome Taylor unleashed fiery opening spells to rock UAE early, removing Andri Berenger, Amjad Ali, Krishna Chandran, Khurram Khan and Shaiman Anwar inside the ninth over. UAE were tottering at 26 for 5 in just the ninth over.

Berenger was the first to go, caught behind by Dinesh Ramdin off Holder's bowling. Six balls later, Chandran edged one to Dwayne Smith at first slip to give the West Indies captain his second wicket.

There was a prominent hint of swing in the air and the pacers exploited it well, removing Amjad, trapped leg before, and Khurram, clean bowled in the seventh over.

Even Shaiman, who has been the most successful batsman for UAE in this competition, had a rare off day, getting bowled by a brilliantly directed yorker from Taylor. Holder almost replicated that delivery in the 14th over to go past Swapnil Patil's defense, and made it 46 for 6.

Amjad and Aziz then got together for what looked like an attempt at only delaying the inevitable. But West Indies were in for a surprise as the duo scripted the highest partnership for UAE against a Test nation in ODIs.Both Amjad and Aziz reached their half centuries around the same time, taking UAE past the 150-run mark before Andre Russell finally broke the resistance with a fast yorker that went straight past Amjad's defense.Aziz and Mohammad Naveed, the No. 9 batsman, carried on the good work for sometime, but things started to fall apart once again after the big partnership was broken. Holder was the pick of the bowlers, grabbing 4 for 27 in his ten overs.

West Indies, who came into this match with only four points in the kitty, need to win this match in quick time to pip the losing team of the match between Pakistan and Ireland - both of whom currently have six points - with a superior net run-rate and qualify from Pool B.

A back pain forced West indies's star opener Chris Gayle out of this match, and it remains to be seen how much of an effect his absence has on the chase.

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2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3270 99
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
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2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5264 263
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