Pakistan is still waiting to win a match after they got an embarrassing defeat at the hands of vintage West Indies. Pakistan has now played 12 ODIs in a row without a win, a record for them.
Pakistanis had no answer to the short ball ploy by the West Indies and their batting line up collapsed badly. After winning the toss and choosing to field first, Cottrell was first to hunt the in-form Pakistani opener, Imam ul Haq.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam tried to repair the damage but failed. Plenty of bouncers came from Caribbean side and batsmen kept on edging the ball. Pakistan succumbed to the torment of short-pitch deliveries and lost all their wickets in the 22nd over while posting 105 on the scoreboard, 2nd lowest total for them in World Cup.
And then came the Caribbean flair of power hitting from the likes of Chris Gayle and the youngster Nicholas Pooran which led West Indies to a thrashing win against struggling Pakistan. The blistering Chris Gayle was described in a single sentence by Mark Nicholas during the match as, “This man makes power hitting look so easy.”
The sole positive outcome for Pakistan in their opening clash with the West Indians was Amir, regaining his form. The left-arm pacer was out of form since Champions Trophy 2017 and was included in the squad in the eleventh hour. He took all the three wickets, which Pakistan managed to get and conceded only 26 runs in his 6 overs.
Sarfaraz’s View About the Match
Sarfaraz, the skipper of Pakistan side was of the view that losing wickets early in their innings after losing the toss has brought them to a humiliating defeat. He said Pakistan’s batting failed despite of good batting pitch.
“If you lose the toss and lose so many wickets early on, it’s tough to come back into the game. It was tricky for half an hour, but this is a good batting track, we didn’t bat well.” Wicket-keeper batsman said.
Skipper said it was their bad day and they could not tackle the short-pitched deliveries well, but he was optimistic to bounce back in the mega event.
“I think we have to play positive cricket, didn’t do well today but hopefully we’ll bounce back. We know they have pace bowlers who will come hard at us, but we didn’t play the short ball well. Today is a bad day, confident of bouncing back.” Sarfaraz Ahmad was quoted as saying.
Sarfaraz, 32-year-old Pakistani skipper, was also delighted to see Muhammad Amir, left-arm veteran pacer, performing well after a lapse of almost two years. He also thanked the enthusiastic Pakistani fans, who were present in a huge number in the stadium to back their team, for their overwhelming support and urged them to keep on backing the team.
“It was good to see Mohammad Amir bowling well. We always get a lot of support in England, a big thank you to them. Want them to carry on,” Ahmed concluded.
Next Match Of Pakistan
Pakistan will play the hosts England in their 2nd World Cup match on Monday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.