Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle Help WI Begin Their World Cup Campaign in Style

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It was a comprehensive victory for the West Indies cricket team against Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This was their first encounter in the ODI championships that will see all competing teams play each other in a round robin format. The earlier versions used to have teams split into two groups.

Holder Troubles Pakistan and the Bowlers Impress

The match between West Indies and Pakistan was held at Trent Bridge and the WI captain, Jason Holder, won the toss and chose to bowl first. It could have been a combination of the nature of the pitch, some aggressive short-pitched bowling from the WI seamers and possibly poor shot selection by the Pakistani batsmen that contributed to their being bowled out for 105 in just 21.4 overs. While Oshane Thomas was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 27 off 5.4 overs, the skipper himself claimed 3, conceding more than 8 runs per over. The remaining wickets were shared between Andre Russel and Sheldon Cottrell. It appeared that the WI seamers’ game plan was to pitch it short and the otherwise talented frontline batsmen like Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam had no answer to these rising deliveries.

Gayle Did What He Knows Best; Entertain the Crowd

The target set by the Pakistanis was too meagre to warrant a great effort from the opposition. WI opener Chris Gayle known for his aggressive stroke play did not disappoint either. His quickfire 50 off just 34 deliveries and some lusty blows by Nicholas Pooran ensured that the small target was chased down in less than 14 overs. Pakistan did manage to pick up 3 wickets including that of Gayle’s, but otherwise, their bowlers had very little to celebrate. Mohammed Amir was the only bowler who showed some class and picked off all three WI wickets.

The West Indian team may not have it this easy when they take on the formidable Australians next on Thursday, June 6 at Nottingham. That will be the second match for Australia as well in the CWC 2019, having scored a facile victory over bottom-ranked Afghanistan.

Brief Scores:

PAKISTAN: 105 off 21.4 overs (Fakhar Zaman 22, Babar Azam 22; Oshane Thomas 4-27, Jason Holder 3-42, Andre Russell 2-4).

Lost to:

WEST INDIES: 108 for three off 13.4 overs (Chris Gayle 50, Nicholas Pooran 34 not out; Mohammad Amir 3-26).

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