Opener Chris Gayle scored a decent half-century to lead West Indies to a comfortable 105 runs chase against Pakistan in the World Cup opener at the Trent bridge on Friday.
The Sarfraz men played only 21.4 overs of their batting innings as Jason Holder picked three wickets, Andre Russel took two and Sheldon Cottrell bagged one wicket. Mohammad Hafeez with 16 and Wahab Riaz (18) were the only other 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. Previous was 160 back in 2015.
West Indies 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 exposed Pakistan´s fragile batting with two wickets in the space of 12 balls to give West Indies an early advantage.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman were the highest run getter from the Pakistan side as they both scored 22.
Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Aamir offered little resistance in the last wicket partnership, however, the partnership was broken on 22 runs – interestingly it was the highest partnership of Pakistan in the match.
Social media reacted to each and every moment with plenty of zeal. Here are few reactions:
Retweet if your team’s total is less than your currency’s exchange rate to the dollar
— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) May 31, 2019
Micky: It’s okay, in 92 you lost to WI and won the WC.
— Nawab Shami (@fcukyuow) May 31, 2019
— sunny(hina or fatima ki bday ❤️) (@sunny_tweetss) May 31, 2019
Mein tou bardasht kar longa lekin aap log nahi kar sakkenge. pic.twitter.com/iHitlAKc0b
— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) May 31, 2019
This is typical Pakistan … They will no doubt go on an Win the World Cup … !!!
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 31, 2019
Some saying it’s ok we started like this in the 1992 World Cup – the biggest difference is that back then we had Imran Khan and this team lacks that sort of inspirational character #CWC19
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 31, 2019