West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
West Indies smashed Pakistan by seven wickets in their first World Cup game on Friday at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Pakistan batted first after losing the toss and were bundled for 105 in 21.4 overs. West Indies chased the target of 106 down in 13.4 overs. And with this, the Carribean boys ensured a flying start into the World Cup.
While chasing a small target, Chris Gayle hit a fifty and along the way, hit six fours and three sixes. Besides him, Nicholas Pooran was unbeaten at 34. West Indies were 108 for three in 13.4 overs.
Oshane Thomas was the man of the match for his four-wicket haul for 27 runs.
Earlier, Pakistan were bundled for 105 as they appeared clueless against the pace attack of the Caribbeans.
Pakistan lost three wickets within 10 overs and never looked to overcome the initial damage.
They were tottering in the middle mainly for their weakness against the short deliveries. They lost eight of their 10 wickets to short deliveries.
All of it was started by Sheldon Cottrell as he took the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq (2) by a short delivery which was outside leg stump. Imam went to cut but managed an edge to the wicketkeeper.
Right after him, Sohail Haris (8), Babar Azam (22), Sarfaraz Ahmed (8), Imad Wasim (1), Shadam Khan (0), Hasan Ali (1) and Mohammad Hafeez (16) were also hunted by short deliveries.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the highest scorers for Pakistan hitting 22 each.
Eventually, Pakistan tumbled for 105 all-out in 21.4 overs which is now the third lowest score of Pakistan in World Cup.
For West Indies, Oshane Thomas took four wickets for 27 runs in 5.4 overs while Jason Holder bagged three for 42 in 5 overs. Besides them, Andre Russell took two wickets and Sheldon bagged one.