West Indies delivered a clinical performance with the ball to beat West Indies by 7 wickets in the second game of 2019 Cricket World Cup played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday. Pace duo of Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder bowled well and picked up seven wickets between them to dismiss Pakistan for 105 runs in 21.4 overs. In reply, Chris Gayle produced a fiery half-century to see West Indies complete the chase inside 15 overs.
Chasing 106 runs, West Indies got off to a flying start as Chris Gayle decided to launch an onslaught on the bowlers. He smashed a couple of boundaries in the first over to set the tone for the chase.
Pace bowler Mohammad Amir got rid of wicket-keeper Shai Hope to see West Indies lost their first wicket with 36 runs on the board. Darren Bravo struggled to get going in his innings and perished for a duck as Mohammad Amir dismissed him with a venomous delivery that certainly off from the pitch.
Despite losing wickets at the other end, Gayle smashed a couple of sixes off the bowling of Hasan Ali. Wahab Riaz came to the crease and was smashed for two fours and a six by Gayle to bring up his half-century in just 33 balls. He scored 50 off 34 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes. Mohammad Amir claimed his third wicket as Gayle tried to go for another big shot.
With 20 runs to win the game, Nicholas Pooran decided to play his shots and finished unbeaten till the end to see West Indies register a comfortable win. Left-hander scored unbeaten 34 off 19 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.
Pace bowler Oshane Thomas bagged a four-wicket haul to see West Indies register a comfortable win over Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Earlier in the day, West Indies Skipper Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bowl in overcast conditions. Left-arm quick Sheldon Cottrell dismissed Imam-ul-Haq to see Pakistan lose their first wicket. Fakhar Zaman failed to capitalize on his good start and perished for 22 runs to see Pakistan lose their openers in the initial overs.
Babar Azam also played a loose shot after scoring 22 off 33 balls with the help of two fours to see West Indies take control of the game.
West Indies used to short-pitch deliveries to good use in order to get rid of Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim in quick succession to see Pakistan reeling at 77 for 6 after 17 overs.
Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder ran through the lower order to see Pakistan get bundled inside 25 overs.
For West Indies, pace bowler Oshane Thomas was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets to his name. Captain Jason Holder claimed 3 wickets and conceded 42 runs from his five overs. All-rounder Andre Russell picked up two key wickets of Zaman and Haris in this game.
With this result, West Indies have opened their account in the tournament with a scintillating performance against Pakistan. The side will take on Australia in their next game that will be played at Nottingham on 6th June.