West Indies beat Pakistan

West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 wickets in the match of ICC World Cup 2019

West Indies beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the 2nd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Nottingham this evening. Batting first Pakistan were all out at 105 runs in 21.4 overs.

West Indies achieved the target in 13.4 overs.

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The short ball. There are so many ways to deal with it but Pakistan, it was apparent, couldn’t figure a single one of them as they were bounced into submission by a rampaging West Indies in their opening game of the ICC World Cup at Trent Bridge on Friday.

On a wicket where 400-plus totals have become almost as common as mangoes in the Pakistani summer, Sarfraz Ahmed and his men were slaughtered like lambs by a fired-up West Indian pace battery.

Put into bat, Pakistan were skittled out for a mere 105 in 21.4 overs – their second-lowest total in World Cup history. West Indies raced to the finish line in just 13.4 overs with a half-fit Chris Gayle smashing a 34-ball fifty. West Indies won by a whopping 218 balls to spare – the highest in a World Cup game.

It was an embarrassing batting display by Pakistan, who have been camped in England for several weeks and had been scoring 300-plus totals quite frequently in the lead up to the World Cup.

But against some relentless short-pitched stuff from West Indies on a wicket that held no real demons, Pakistan’s batting line-up was fully exposed. The West Indians bowled 68 short balls against Pakistan and picked seven wickets from them.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq looked awfully out of sorts in his World Cup debut falling for just 2 from 11. His opener partner Fakhar Zaman had a better start but was undone by a short-pitched ball by Andre Russell that was bowled at a lively pace. With his 22 Fakhar was the joint highest-scorer for Pakistan along with Babar Azam.

Their wickets fell at regular intervals as Pakistan failed to counter the trio of Russell (2-4), Jason Holder (3-42) and young pacer Oshane Thomas (4-27). Things would have been even worse for Pakistan but a 22-run stand for the last wicket between Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir helped them get into three figures.

The run-chase was supposed to be a formality and even though the Windies lost three wickets, they were never in any kind of real trouble.

Courtesy TN and RP

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