DHAKA (Agencies) - Struggling West Indies need look no further than their manager Richie Richardson for inspiration when they clash with buoyant Pakistan in the World Cup quarterfinal today (Wednesday). Richardson was captain when the West Indies overturned the form book in the 1996 quarterfinal in Karachi and stunned South Africa, who had come through the league phase unbeaten. Brian Lara smashed 111 off 94 balls to fashion a 19-run victory and a similar effort from Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo or Kieron Pollard could upset Pakistan's applecart. "Anything can happen in the knock-outs, you don't get a second chance," said Richardson. , who took over as manager for a two-year term in January. "Every one starts on an equal footing." Sammy's men will need a desperate last fling at a time when they seem to be falling apart after two inexplicable defeats against England and India from dominant positions. They were on the brink of victory against England when, chasing a modest target of 244, they were comfortably placed at 222-6 before losing their last four wickets for three runs. Pakistan, in contrast, have been the revelation of the tournament by topping Group A with five wins in six matches. Shahid Afridi's Pakistan broke three-time defending champions Australia's unbeaten streak of 34 World Cup matches with a four-wicket win in Colombo on Saturday. It was just the tonic Pakistan needed after being stripped of big-time cricket at home due to security concerns in their volatile nation and tainted by an unsavoury spot-fixing scandal. All-rounder Afridi is the tournament's leading bowler with 17 wickets with his fastish leg-breaks, while seamer Umar Gul has kept the pressure on at the other end with 13 wickets. Afridi may have failed with the bat so far with just 65 runs in six games, but young guns Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq have shone brightly in their first World Cup. Akmal has scored 211 runs at 52.75 and Shafiq averages 124 in the two games he has played so far, while seasoned seniors like Misbah-ul Haq and Younus Khan have lent solidity to the middle-order. Team manager Intikhab Alam, who was coach when Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup under Imran Khan, was delighted with his side's performance so far. The former captain attributed the success to "self-belief, fitness and high energy levels." "We are peaking at the right time," Intikhab said.