West Indies VS Pakistan: Windies starts off with a clinical win with 7 wickets to spare

West Indies used short ball tactics to which Pakistani batsman had no answers!

ICC CWC 2019 | Match 2 | West Indies V/S Pakistan | Post-match analysis

 

West Indies launched their World Cup 2019 campaign with a thumping seven-wicket victory over Pakistan, orchestrated by the pacers and garnished with a typical Chris Gayle fifty, at Trent Bridge on Friday. After bouncing out Pakistan for a lowly 105 inside 22 overs – their second-lowest in World Cups – the Caribbean side completed the formalities in 13.4 overs to pick up their first points in the competition.

 

Even before the birds could go home, even before the long English evening could set, even before Pakistan could come to terms with the bouncers the West Indian pacers were unleashing, they were dragged out of the contest, never to make their way back. West Indies won the toss, bowled out Pakistan for 105 – their second-lowest total in a World Cup – chased down the target with seven wickets in hand, bagged two points and a massive net run-rate boost, and it all unfolded in a matter of less than 34 overs.

 

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. Babar Azam got a fortuitous reprieve when on 12, but the Pakistan batsman failed to make the most of the lifeline as Thomas struck with the first ball of his second over, inducing an outside edge. However, it was 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 negligible support at the other end meant he couldn’t cut loose either. Holder returned to the attack after the drinks break and struck gold, twice. Hope took the caught-behind appeal against Sarfraz Ahmed upstairs immediately after being turned down, and was vindicated – the replays revealed a faint nick off the batsman’s gloves as the Pakistan skipper looked to glance the short delivery down the leg-side. 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, as they were bundled out for 105.

 

while chasing West Indies, Aamir struck twice as Shai Hope and Darren Bravo fall just when WI where 48/2, Pakistan thought they had slight chances to turn this around but to their bad-luck Universal Boss continued to dominate, registering a quick-fire fifty from just 33 balls before getting out. Nicholas Pooran completes the formalities: With two fours and two sixes across two Wahab overs, Pooran finishes with an unbeaten 34 off 19 as he powers West Indies to a seven-wicket victory with 36.2 overs to spare. A win set up by the West Indies pacers. An unimpressive performance from Pakistan would be an understatement, although Amir getting amongst the wickets would be a positive for them going forward.

 

Turning point

Pakistan lost six wickets in all to short balls and not one of the eleven looked equipped to handle them. Sure, there was some misfortune with Sarfraz Ahmed and Imam-ul-Haq caught down the leg side and this was a sustained period of high-class quick bowling. Andre Russell, who set the tone with three sharp overs, and Oshane Thomas bowled with genuine pace and they, like Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite, generally got the ball where they wanted it; tight to the batsmen, shoulder height or thereabouts, rearing up. It was aggressive, it was nasty, it was in your face.

 

Star Player of the match

In having to stick with the plan, WI opted for the pace of Oshane Thomas in the playing XI ahead of the experience of Kemar Roach. Holder explained that even though Thomas tends to be expensive and even overstep at critical times, like evidenced twice in Pakistan’s innings, his ability to take wickets is what fits best with West Indies’ plan. On Friday, it worked to perfection as the pacer bagged four wickets in less than six overs, to be named the Player of the Match in his debut World Cup game.

 

Match Summary


Brief scores : Pakistan 105 in 21.4 overs (Fakhar Zaman 22, Babar Azam 22; Oshane Thomas 4-27, Jason Holder 3-42) lost to West Indies 108/3 in 13.4 overs (Chris Gayle 50, Mohammed Amir 3-26) by seven wickets.

 

Where team stands

 

West Indies launched their World Cup 2019 campaign with a thumping seven-wicket victory over Pakistan, orchestrated by the pacers and garnished with a typical Chris Gayle fifty, at Trent Bridge on Friday. After bouncing out Pakistan for a lowly 105 inside 22 overs – their second-lowest in World Cups – the Caribbean side completed the formalities in 13.4 overs to pick up their first points in the competition.

 

Pakistan started poorly in the 1992 World Cup, of course, being bowled out for 74 against England before finding their feet to end up as champions. They will hope history repeats itself but the side is in free-fall. They have lost their last eleven ODIs and after this, look no closer to winning one. England, the worst possible team to face at present, are up next. It doesn’t get any easier.

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