Pakistan started their World Cup 2019 campaign with a poor batting display against the Windies team in the second game of the tournament at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Men in Green got bundled out for a paltry first innings total as the West Indies bowlers displayed a remarkable collective effort to rattle the opposition. Some of the Pakistan batters did get some favourable starts but they failed to convert them further into bigger innings.
Thomas and Holder’s effective spells rattles Pakistan
West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bowl first as he reckoned that the conditions won’t change much throughout the duration of the game. Pakistan got off to a horrible start, losing the wicket of their opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq with just 17 runs on the scoreboard. Pakistan’s ever-reliant batsman Babar Azam then smacked two crisp boundaries in the next two overs. Fakhar Zaman was looking in a great touch, but he failed to convert his start of 22 runs, getting dismissed while playing a poor shot off the delivery bowled by Andre Russell.
Russell further also got the better of Haris Sohail in the very next over to leave Pakistan in a reeling situation at 45 for 3. The pair of Babar Azam and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed then tried to lead their team to some sort of respite, but both of them perished in that process. Azam got dismissed after scoring a 33-ball 22, while Jason Holder got the better of his counterpart skipper with some fine piece of bowling. Pakistan spin bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim also got out in the same over.
The Windies bowlers kept on picking wickets at regular intervals and never allowed the Pakistan team to progress further. The onus then came on Mohammad Hafeez to take his team to a respectable total, but he too got dismissed after scoring a 24-ball 16. Wahab Riaz clobbered two brilliant sixes towards the end, before West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas bundled out the Pakistan team for a paltry total of 105 runs in 21.4 overs.
For West Indies, Thomas was the pick of the bowlers, picking four crucial wickets. Skipper Holder also bowled really well to claim three important scalps, while Russell had an impressive outing as well, registering figures of 3-1-4-2.
Pakistan 105/10 in 21.4 overs (Fakhar Zaman-22, Babar Azam-22; Oshane Thomas 4/27, Jason Holder 3/42) vs Windies