Oshane Thomas starred with the ball while Chris Gayle top-scored with a quick fifty as West Indies demolished Pakistan by seven wickets at Trent Bridge on Friday.
Thomas, who was the pick of the bowlers picked up 4/27 while skipper Jason Holder (3/42) and Andre Russell (2/4) backed him up with commendable efforts. Sent into bat Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 105 in just 21.4 overs. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the joint top-scorers with 22 each.
In reply, all it took West Indies was just 13.4 overs to reach their target and hand Pakistan their 11th ODI defeat in a row – their longest losing streak in this format.
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Toss: West Indies won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat first.
First innings: Sheldon Cottrell struck early removing Imam ul Haq (2) in the third over while Russell added further misery by dismissing Zaman in the sixth over. 22-year-old Thomas then joined the party by getting rid of Babar Azam. Three more wickets fell in the space of nine balls as Pakistan suffered a dramatic collapse. Some lusty blows towards the end by Wahab Riaz took Pakistan over the 100-mark but the target remained too small for the Caribbean side.
Second innings: Riding on a superb show by the bowlers and a brisk half-ton by Chris Gayle, West Indies thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets in their opening World Cup match at Trent Bridge. Mohammad Amir remained the only positive for Pakistan in the game who took three wickets.
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Gamechanger: Andre Russell’ impactful economical spell proved to be the gamechanger of the match. The man finding least swing, Russell, bowled almost exclusively short balls, charging in. Today was only the second time in Andre Russell’s career that he’s taken two wickets in the first 10 overs.
Jason Holder, West Indies captain: “Got off to a really good start. Got wickets with the new ball which is what we ask of the guys. Russell is an impact player. Really good to see the impact he had today, followed by Oshane Thomas. Sheldon (Cottrell) started really well for us. Credit to the boys who stuck to the task.”
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: “If you lose the toss in these conditions, and lose wickets, it’s hard to come back into the game. Have to play positive cricket here. Didn’t do well as a batting unit today. We know they’re going to come hard with their pace bowlers. We didn’t play well against the short ball. Today was a bad day. Confident my team will bounce back. Good to see Amir bowling well. Always good support here in England.”
Scorecard: PAK 105 (21.4) | WI 108/3 (13.4)