Pakistan’s cricket teams disastrous start in Cricket World Cup has set people on fire. Pakistan was skittled out for 105 in 21.4 overs in the second match of the Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge. Pakistan lost to West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, in a match which saw the team record its second-lowest score of 105 in tournament history. Pakistan’s lowest total of 74 was during the 1992 World Cup against England. This is also Pakistan’s lowest total against West Indies in the World Cup. Previous was 160 back in 2015.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman were the highest run getters from the Pakistan side as they both scored 22. Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Aamir offered little resistance in the last wicket partnership, however, the partnership was broken on 22 runs – interestingly it was the highest partnership of Pakistan in the match.
West Indian fast bowler Oshane Thomas with his phenomenal 4-27 spell scripted a shambolic collapse of Pakistan batting line up as he played a vital role in sending the Champions Trophy winner packing on 105. West Indies chased the score in 13.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
West Indies Won the toss and decided to bowl 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.
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. Yesterday was only the second time in Andre Russell’s career that he’s taken two wickets in the first 10 overs.
Scorecard: PAK 105 (21.4) | WI 108/3 (13.4)
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20 September, 2019