Gayle scores half-century, Thomas picks four as West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

Pakistan vs West Indies Match Summary
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ICC World Cup 2019 – Pakistan vs West Indies Match Summary

Pakistan vs West Indies Match Summary: West Indies have outclassed Pakistan in their first match of the World Cup, beating Pakistan by 7 wickets on Friday. Pakistan batting line up looked in complete disarray as they got bowled out in just 22 overs. Sheldon Cottrell accounted for the first wicket of Imam-Ul-Haq as his wicket led to a Pakistan’s uncharacteristic collapse.

Pakistan vs West Indies Match Summary

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam tried to rebuild the innings, but a fierce bouncer from Andre Russell shifted the momentum once again towards Windies. Russell then scalped Sohail’s wicket in his next over only to leave Pakistan reeling at 45-3 in 10 overs.

A cautious Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Khan gave their fans some hope of revival, however, a spectacular catch from Shai Hope led to another Pakistan dismissal in the form of Azam.

West Indies came with just one aim in mind- “Ball short to the Pakistan Bowlers.” The bowlers used the short ball to great effect as eight out of 10 wickets came of the same ploy.

Oshane Thomas was the pick of the bowler, picking as many as 4 wickets. He along with skipper Jason Holder shared seven wickets between them. In fact, Carlos Brathwaite was the only bowlers who went empty in the wickets column. Mohammad Hafeez did start well lower down the order, hitting back to back boundaries, however, wickets kept tumbling at the other end, as Pakistan were folded for just 105 in only 21.4 overs.

The only positive for Pakistan would be Mohammad Amir’s back in form. The left-hander is finally back amongst the wickets. Defending as low as 105, Mohammad Amir did keep Pakistan in the match for some time, picking the wickets of Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, and Shimron Hetmyer, however, Chris Gayle’s heroics meant West Indies cruised the total in the end in just 14 overs.

Universe Boss Chris Gayle started the tournament on the biggest possible note, hitting his first half-century of the tournament. The Southpaw scored 50 runs off just 34 deliveries as he made sure West Indies end on a winning note on Friday.

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