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Cricket World Cup: Pakistan serve up demolition of Windies

By David Clough

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi played down his side's chances of winning the World Cup despite sweeping into the semi-finals with a 10-wicket win over West Indies in Mirpur.

Afridi again led the way with four wickets as West Indies were bowled out for a paltry 112 - a target openers Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal chased down inside 21 overs.

It was a convincing success, on Pakistan's national day, that has further underlined their chances of winning the tournament for a second time.

And while Afridi had tipped his side to reach the last four before the tournament, he was unwilling to entertain thoughts of Pakistan going further just yet.

“I'm very happy because before this competition I told my friends and the nation that with this team I wanted to play in the semi-finals,” he said.

“There will now be more expectations to go on. But I am just thinking game by game. The only thing we can do is give 110 percent.

“Every team from now will come harder and harder.

“We will just keep making plans for each team and try and stick to those.”

Pakistan face a tough task in the last four where they will meet the winner of today's match between tournament favourites India and defending champions Australia.

Afridi added: “On each and every game we make plan with the coach and we stick to hose plans. Everyone has done a great job, especially the bowlers.”

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