The West Indies started off their World Cup campaign with a rollicking win over Pakistan in the second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup as they bowled out their opponents for 105 before chasing down that small total in just 13.4 overs.
It was Sheldon Cottrell who drew first blood by dismissing Imam-ul-Haq in the third over. Before Pakistan could settle down, Andre Russell’s short ball to Fakhar Zaman dismissed the opener for 22. With both their openers back in the hut, Pakistan were 35/2 in 6 overs. Russell conceded only two runs in his second over and completed his spell with a wicket in his next over by setting up Harris Sohail by peppering up with bouncers.
Chances kept coming the Windies way, but Hetmyer dropped Babar Azam in the 11th over. However, the Pakistani star failed to capitalize and got out soon after by edging one to Shai hope who got to his 50th ODI catch. Pakistan were reduced to 62/4 in 14 overs.
Captain Jason Holder came into the attack in the 17th over and immediately got rid of his Pakistani counterpart, Safaraz Ahmed, and Imad Wasim for eight and one respectively. Pakistan were 77/6 in 17 overs and were down to the tail. Chris Gayle’s catch to dismiss Imad Wasim took his ODI catches tally to 120, the joint most by a West Indian in ODIs, the other being Carl Hooper.
Oshane Thomas bowled full and dismissed Shadab Khan for a golden duck in the 18th over and Jason Holder continued picking up wickets from the other end, dismissing Hasan Ali after he tried to slog one in the 19th over.
Wahab Riaz came into the crease and started slogging immediately, but could not get any support from the other end. Pakistan were finally dismissed for 105 in 21.4 overs, their second lowest total in World Cups.
Chasing a total of 106 in 50 overs was never going to be a tough task for the Windies and their openers laid the platform perfectly. Chris Gayle’s two consecutive sixes off Hassan Ali helped them race to 32/0 in four overs.
Shai Hope hit a beautiful front foot boundary but was dismissed shortly after for 11 runs in 21 balls. Gayle stood firm at the other end but the new batsman Darren Bravo was dismissed by Mohammad Amir for a duck off four balls. The Windies were 48/2 in seven overs and needed only 58 runs.
Chris Gayle saw through Wahab Riaz’s first over and then hit him for a six and two boundaries off the first three balls in the 10th over. He got to his fifty in 33 balls and was dismissed in the 11th over for a well-made half century.
Even after Gayle was dismissed the chase was a mere formality for the Windies who won the match convincingly and finished off the match within 14 overs.
Deservingly Oshane Thomas got the Man of the Match award for his 4 for 27.
The seven wicket win that the Windies inflicted on Pakistan takes them to 11 ODI losses in a row.