West Indies, who entered in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup with the dark horse tag on their team, displayed a doughty performance in the second match of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and registered 7 wicket victory over Pakistan at Trent Bridge Stadium in Nottingham on Friday.
Playing for the first time in the World Cup, Oshane Thomas (4-27) blasted sensational bowling and Andre Russell (2-4) magical show with the ball helped West Indies to pip Pakistan by 7 wickets in the 12th edition of the World Cup.
In front of a packed Trent Bridge Stadium, Windies bowlers kept Pakistan to a total (105) that was very easy to chase, then the Caribbean batsmen came out and chased the target comfortably with 218 balls and 7 wickets to spare. Let us have a look at the highlights of the 2nd World Cup match between West Indies and Pakistan.
Jason Holder leading West Indies cricket team won the toss and sent Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co to bat first in the 2nd World Cup match at Trent Bridge Stadium in Nottingham.
West Indies played with 5 batsmen, 3 all-rounders and 3 bowlers while Pakistan played with 6 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 3 bowlers.
Pakistan openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman started the innings on a bad note as both the batsmen were got out in below 6 overs.
Imam-ul-Haq made just 2 runs as he was caught by Shai Hope off Cottrell's bowling in the third over.
Another opener Fakhar Zaman scored just 22 runs in 16 balls with 2 boundaries and 1 six before being bowled in Andre Russell's bowling. The No 3 batsman Babar Azam also scored 22 runs in 33 balls with a couple of boundaries.
Except above 2 batsmen, no other batsman even just made 20 runs for Pakistan. All the batsmen failed to score runs against West Indies. Pakistan's batsmen struggled for pace and seam moment and they got all-out for a mere 105 runs in just 21.4 overs.
It was some disciplined bowling by the West Indies which helped them garner Oshane Thomas picked four wickets and conceded 27 runs from 5.4 overs while Andre Russell and skipper Jason Holder also supported him by bagging 5 wickets as the trio dismantled the Pakistan batting line up.
West Indies Innings
Windies openers Chris Gayle and Shai Hope started the chase on a good note as both the players stitch a 36-run for the opening wicket partnership. Shai Hope scored just 11 runs in 17 balls with a single four.
Another opener Chris Gayle hit a brilliant half-century, scoring 50 runs off 33 deliveries, hitting 6 fours and 3 huge hits into the stands. He played very aggressively from the word go as he was out for 50 runs in Mohammad Amir's bowling.
The first drop batsman Darren Bravo out for a golden duck as he was trapped by Amir.
Nicholas Pooran scored unbeaten 34 in 19 balls with 4 hits to the rope and 2 hits above the rope. He along with Hetymer chased the target.
Pakistan's Mohammad Amir scalped 3 wickets.
Pakistan: 105 (Fakhar Zaman 22, Babar Azam 22; Oshane Thomas 4/27, Jason Holder 3/42).
West Indies: 108/3 (Chris Gayle 50, Nicholas Pooran 34; Amir 3/26).
The next World Cup games will be played between New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka (3 PM) and Afghanistan Vs Australia (6 PM) on June 1. The matches were scheduled to play at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff & County Ground in Bristol respectively.
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