After losing 10 of their last 11 ODIs, Pakistan has touched a new low against West Indies in their opening clash here at Trent Bridge when they were bowled out for 105, second lowest total for them in the World Cups.
On the other hand, Caribbean side carried on their form which they attained in their warm-up match against the New Zealanders. After the retirement of Courtney Walsh and Sir Curtley Ambrose, it was probably the first time when we saw Windies’ speedsters scaring the batsmen with their aggressive bowling.
West Indians got the momentum when Imam, left-handed Pakistani opener, edged on Sheldon Cottrell’ ball and was shown the pavilion. After that Pakistan’s batting line-up fell before the Caribbean seamers like a wall of sand.
Andre Russell, along with Oshane Thomas and Holder, bowled a brilliant spell and dismissed two left handed Pakistani batsmen in his 3 overs and conceded only 4 runs. This bowling attack was a replica of cricket played by West Indians in the Eighties and Nineties when Caribbean’s cricket was at its peak.
Apart from the struggling knock of 22 on 33 by Babar Azam and a similar figure by left-arm opener, Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan’s top order and middle order collapsed badly. Fakhar gave a good start to Pakistan’s innings and played some beautiful shots before getting an unorthodox dismissal by Russell.
Haris Sohail failed to reach the double figure as well and fell a prey to Andre Russell too early in his innings. Babar Azam, who has an average of 102 against West Indies, was looking good initially but could not do much to repair the damage done by the Caribbean pacers as he was bowled out by Osahne Thomas on the very first ball of 14th over.
The hopes of Pakistani fans, who were present in a large number at Trent Bridge, began to diminish when the skipper, Sarfaraz misjudged the ball by Jason Holder and was caught behind by Shai Hope after scoring 8 of 12 balls. Imad Wasim, left arm all-rounder and a brilliant striker, didn’t prove useful and scored only 1 before getting out.
Hafeez, an experienced member of the squad, failed to play a senior’s knock and gave an easy catch to Cottrell in the 20th over.
Among the tail enders, Wahab hit two sixes and a four to help Pakistan cross the 100 run mark before getting bowled out by Thomas for 18.
The only positive thing for Pakistan in this game was the return of Amir’s great form. He produced a brilliant spell and took all the three wickets. But that was too late as Chris Gayle, despite his back sprains, showed his talent of power hitting and scored a fifty with a strike rate of 151. After the dismissal of Gayle, Nicholas
Match Result Of Pak vs Wi
Who Was The Man Of The Match
Oshane Thomas was declared as the man of the match for his outstanding spell of 4 for 27 in 5.4 overs.
Next Game of Pakistan
Pakistan will play the hot favourites England on 3rd June and afterwards Sri Lanka and Australia before locking horns with their rivals, India on June 16 in Manchester.