The Windies started their World Cup 2019 campaign in a dominant manner. The Jason Holder-led team recorded a clinical 7-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second game of the tournament at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The West Indies bowlers displayed sensational collective efforts to rattle the Pakistani batsmen for a paltry first innings total, after which Chris Gayle smashed a blazing fifty to steer his team to a splendid win.
West Indies bowlers clinical performance deflates Pakistan
After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, Pakistan got off to a horrible start as they loss three quick wickets inside the first 10 overs. The trio of Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail got dismissed quite early without contributing much to the scorers. Windies all-rounder Andre Russell bowler a fabulous spell with the new ball to rattle the Pakistan top-order. The duo comprising of Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed then tried to lead their team to some sort of respite, however, they failed to do the same and got dismissed in that process as well.
With skipper Sarfaraz’s wicket, Pakistan suffered yet another batting collapse, losing wickets in clusters. They never recovered after that batting collapse as they kept on losing wickets on regular basis. 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 bowled very well to pick up four wickets, while Holder and Russell claimed three and two wickets respectively.
Gayle’s half-century leads the Windies to an easy win
Chasing a mere target of 106 runs, Windies opener Chris Gayle cleared his intentions from the word go, smacking Hasan Ali for a couple of incredible sixes in the fourth over. However, his opening partner Shai Hope got dismissed by Mohammad Amir in the next over. The left-arm pacer also removed Darren Bravo in quick time to provide his team with the second breakthrough. Even after these two wickets, Gayle kept playing his natural game on the other end, racking up a fantastic half-century off just 32 balls.
He played a blazing inning of 50 runs that came off only 34 balls and consisted of six fours and three sixes. Nicholas Pooran contributed with an amazing unbeaten cameo of 34 runs off just 19 balls to help his team chase down the total in just 13.4 overs.
Pakistan: 105/10 in 21.4 overs (Fakhar Zaman-22; Oshane Thomas 4/27, Jason Holder 3/42)
Windies: 108/3 in 13.4 overs (Chris Gayle-50, Nicholas Pooran-34; Mohammad Amir 3/26)
Result: Windies won the match by 7 wickets.
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