West Indies start their World-cup campaign by 7 wicket win with a huge NRR. Windies pacers takes back us to some nostalgia moments by seeing their fiery short balls which completely shut down Pakistan batsmen. Oshane Thomas and Andre Russell fiery bowling restricted Pakistan for 105 in 21.4 overs and Windes played in their style and finished the game in just 13.4 overs.
Caribbean side came out with a simple but very effective short-ball tactic after opting to bowl first, and succeeded in taking eight of the ten wickets with balls directed at the body.Even though Holder expensive of all, himself and Thomas shared seven wickets between them.
Imam-ul-Haq was the first causality, bitterly disappointed with himself after he gloved a short ball down the leg-side to Hope behind the stumps. Even before Pakistan could recover, Andre Russell bounced out Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail in his opening spell to leave them reeling at 45 for 3 at the end of ten overs. Hetmyer dropped Babar Azam on 12, but Thomas struck with the first ball of his second over, Hope who stood out in this dismissal for the spectacular catch he pulled off parallel to the ground.
New batsman Mohammad Hafeez hit back strongly with back-to-back boundaries in the same over, but no support at the other end meant he couldn’t cut loose either. Holder returned to the attack after the drinks break and took 2 wickets in same over and added more pressure on Pakistan dugout. Hope took the caught-behind appeal against Sarfraz Ahmed upstairs immediately after being turned down. Off the final ball of the over, Imad Wasim miserably failed with a half-hearted pull that he could only top-edge to the right of Chris Gayle at first slip.
Pakistan’s faint hopes of crawling to a respectable score were solely pinned on Hafeez, but the senior pro who had seen the batting order batting crumble from the other end, learnt nothing. He took his eyes off a very similar, well-directed short ball, trying to evade the ball, and top-edged it to long leg where Sheldon Cottrell plucked a diving catch. On a comeback trail, Wahab Riaz hit a few lusty blows but it was too little too late in the day for Pakistan. Pakistan bundled for 105 runs, this it their second lowest score in the World Cup.
Gayle set the pace for a chase, he joined with Shai Hope scoring at a rate of 7 an over until the opener was around. He started the innings with a couple of boundaries off Hasan Ali’s first over and couple of sixes in his following over. While Gayle was bossing hands down, Mohammad Amir struck twice to give Pakistan fans a little something to cheer. Shai Hope managed to find the gap once but top-edged to the left of mid-off while taking the aerial route for the next. Mohammad Hafeez covered a fair bit of ground but never for a moment took his eyes off the ball, and Pakistan reaped the reward. Out of form Darren Bravo played three balls before edging the fourth one to Babar Azam at second slip to depart without troubling the scorers.
Gayle nearly single-handedly drove West Indies’ chase forward. Wahab Riaz was next introduced into the attack and began with a maiden against Gayle, but that didn’t added pressure. In the second over with a six down the ground before cutting and pulling the next two for more boundaries. He raised his half-century off just 33 deliveries. After that 3rd six Gayle lead the charts for most sixes in World Cup.
Again Amir again who brought Pakistan some respite, with the big wicket of Gayle this time. The opener top-edged a length ball to backward point for a sitter that reduced West Indies to 77 for 3 at the end of 11 overs. The damage, though, had already been done. Riaz continued to leaking runs, with Nicholas Pooran taking him on in the 12th over for a six and a four. He raised the 100 for West Indies with another boundary off the comeback man in his following over, before wacking the short-ball over mid-wicket fence to notch up the winning runs.