Cricket World Cup 2019: West Indies whip Pakistan by seven wickets in opener
A rankling Oshane Thomas-drove pace assault cleared Pakistan away for a troubling 105 as the West Indies wrapped up a seven-wicket triumph in their World Cup opener at Trent Bridge.
Chris Gayle, set to resign toward the finish of the competition, at that point drove the West Indies answer with 50 off 34 balls as the two-times champions achieved 108/3 off simply 13.4 overs.
Having won the hurl and chosen to handle, West Indies utilized cloudy conditions as Thomas took four wickets for 27 runs, while commander Jason Holder (3/42) and the returning Andre Russell (2/4) finished the destruction work.
“It’s great to have a youthful brisk like Oshane, we realize he can be costly on occasion however he’s a veritable wicket-taker,” Holder said after the match.
“That is the bet we have to take in one-dayers, with huge scores going around.”
Pakistan’s batsmen have battled with short conveyances and West Indies’ arrangement to pepper them with bouncers before long satisfied.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq was gotten behind down the leg side off quick bowler Sheldon Cottrell before Russell hit Fakhar Zaman on the head protector and the ball ricocheted onto the stumps.
Wicketkeeper Shai Hope got two additional gets when Russell and Holder expelled Haris Sohail and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to leave Pakistan on 75/5.
Wahab Riaz struck 18 off 11 balls to enable Pakistan to break the 100-run mark before he was tidied up by Thomas.
The main worries for the West Indies were Russell limping with a knee issue in the principal innings, while Gayle – who broke the record for the most sixes in World Cup history – seemed to have supported back damage.
In the wake of crushing two fours and a six in the tenth over, Gayle seemed to hold his back and limp to the opposite end for a solitary. He looked progressively tense before holing out to point for Mohammad Amir’s third wicket of the match.
Pakistan’s 21.4-over innings was their most reduced World Cup aggregate since making 74 against England at Adelaide in 1992, the year Imran Khan’s group proceeded to lift their lone 50-overs crown.
The in-structure Zaman and Babar Azam got off to strong begins however were both rejected for 22, uncovering the center request against the new ball and Pakistan never recuperated.
The pounding was Pakistan’s eleventh back to back ODI rout in matches where an outcome was accomplished, after arrangement misfortunes to Australia and England.
“In the event that you lose the hurl and lose such a significant number of wickets at an early stage, it’s difficult to return into the game,” Sarfaraz said.
“It was precarious for thirty minutes, however this is a decent batting track, we didn’t bat well. I think we need to play positive cricket, didn’t do well today yet ideally, we’ll bob back.”
Pakistan face has England on Monday, while the West Indies take on protecting heroes Australia three days after the fact.