NOTTINGHAM(Sports Reporter): The West Indies scored 108-3 in 13.5 overs to beat Pakistan in the first match of the Cricket World Cup 2019 at Nottingham on Friday.
Muhamamd Amir was only successful bowler to take 3 wickets for 26 runs in 6 overs. Hetymar 7 and Pooran 34 remained not out with more than 37 overs to spare.
Earlier, Pakistan had scored 105-10 after Pakistani batting capitulated to fast bowling prowess of WI bowlers.
The Pakistani team played only 21.4 overs of their batting innings. Jason Holder picked three wickets, Andre Russel took two and Sheldon Cottrell bagged one wicket. Mohammad Hafeez scored 16 and Wahab Riaz 18 only batsmen who reached double figures.
The score has been Pakistan’s all time second lowest score in the World Cup. While the lowest is 74 against England in the famous 1992 World Cup. This is also Pakistan’s lowest total against West Indies in the World Cup.
West Indies batsman chased the score in 13.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.
The only silver lining for Pakistan in the match was that fast bowler Muhammad Aamir appeared to have found his long lost rhythm as he took three wickets off 26 runs.
West Indian fast bowler Oshane Thomas with his phenomenal 4-27 spell scripted a shambolic collapse of Pakistan.
Pakistan lost its top order in a brief span in their opening match at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham. All-rounder Andre Russell also exposed Pakistan’s batting with two wickets in the space of 12 balls.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also did the highest runner as they both scored 22.