West Indies hammer Pakistan by seven wickets at Trent Bridge
West Indies hammered Pakistan by seven wickets at Trent Bridge on Friday to launch their World Cup campaign in style.
Pakistan were bowled out for just 105, with Oshane Thomas taking four wickets, before Chris Gayle smashed a quick-fire fifty as the West Indies romped home in just 13.4 overs.
Having won the toss and elected to bowl in the tournament opener for both teams in Nottingham, West Indies used the short to a great effect as Pakistan were knocked over for 105.
Skipper Jason Holder claimed three wickets while Andre Russell’s hostile three-over spell reaped stunning figures of 2/4, and Oshane Thomas finished with 4 for 27.
It was Pakistan's second-lowest World Cup total, their worst being 74 all out against England in Adelaide back in 1992.
Mohammad Hafeez (16) and Wahab Riaz (18) were the only other batsmen who got to double figures.
In reply, Chris Gayle, got West Indies off to a flying start, blasting his way to 50 off 34 balls. His knock included three sixes and six fours.
Mohammad Amir took three wickets for Pakistan but the total wasn’t enough to challenge the opposition.
Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 19-ball 34* got West Indies over the line, giving the Caribbean side’s net run-rate a massive boost in the points table.
Pakistan will next take on England on Monday at the same venue, while West Indies take on defending champions Australia on June 6.