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West Indies advance into T20 semi-finals with victory over Pakistan

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The West Indies ended Pakistan's record of reaching every T20 World Cup semi-final when the defending champions defeated Pakistan in their group 2 virtual quarter-final clash in Mirpur.

In a battle of former T20 World Champions it was the West Indies that brought their A game with a comprehensive 84 run thrashing of the 2009 winners to book a semi-final date with Sri Lanka.

After an opening 7 wicket loss to India, Darren Sammy's team have built momentum and confidence with crushing wins over Bangladesh, Australia and now Pakistan, suggesting the defending champions are timing their run to a second successive title perfectly.

Batting first, the Windies didn't have it all their own way as Pakistan's slow bowlers made early inroads, dismissing the top order threat of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith with only 22 on the board.

Samuels and Simmons took the score to 61 in the 10th over before Umar Gul made the breakthrough, running out Simmons for 31 while Shahid Afridi bowled Samuels three balls later to leave the Windes reeling somewhat on 67/4.

Denesh Ramdin lasted just 10 balls before he was caught in the deep by Umar Akmal, to leave the Windies staring down the barrel at 81/5.

Darren Sammy joined Dwayne Bravo at the wicket and the carnage began as the pair smashed 71 off just 32 balls in an exhibition of power ball striking, leading them to an unlikely 166/6 off their allotted 20 overs. Dwayne Bravo was particularly impressive with 46 off 37 while Sammy continued his rich vein of form with a swashbuckling 42 off 28.

The run chase couldn't have started any worse for Pakistan as opener Ahmed Shehzad, centurion in his last outing, was struck in front off the very first delivery by Santokie.

Samuel Badree got in the act, dismissing the Akmal brothers and Shoaib Malik within the space of 4 overs to leave Pakistan on 13/4 and their hopes of a semi-final shattered.

Sunil Narine accounted for the middle order with 3 wickets as the innings folded in spectacular style, Pakistan all out for a mere 82.

Badree finished with 3/10 and Narine 3/16 while Denesh Ramdin was in superb form with four stumpings.

Sri Lanka will be wary of the all-round ability of the West Indies side following the comprehensive result. With the bat they have a host of power players that can turn a match in their favour while the spin duo of Badree and Narine are on the top of their game.

With the Super 10's now over only 4 teams remain as Sri Lanka take on the West Indies on Thursday and South Africa look to end India's unbeaten run on Friday with the winners advancing into the final showpiece that will be played on Sunday.

In the earlier game Australia signed off from a disappointing campaign with a comprehensive 7 wicket win over hosts Bangladesh.

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