West Indies have got off to a rollicking start to their 2019 World Cup campaign. After their captain Jason Holder elected to field first, it seemed like the Pakistani batsmen will post a total of 250-300 on the board and set a challenge for the West Indies team.
However, none of the Pakistani batsmen got going as all the batsmen lost their wickets to the short deliveries of West Indies pacers. It was Andre Russell who inflicted major damage in the first innings with his 2/4 in 3 overs.
Later on, skipper Jason Holder and Oshane Thomas didn't give the Pakistani batsmen a sniff as the Men in Green were shot out for their second-lowest total in World Cup history.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman emerged as the top run scorers of the innings with 22 runs each while Wahab Riaz's late cameo of 18 runs in the end took Pakistan beyond 100.
The Pakistani batsmen had no answers to the short-pitched deliveries of the pace trio. Even the experienced all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez could not save the team while captain Sarfaraz Ahmed could score only 8 runs off 12 balls.
In an innings which lasted 21.4 overs, Pakistan could hit only 9 fours and 3 sixes. Oshane Thomas picked a 4-wicket haul while Jason Holder finished with figures of 3/42 in his 5 overs. Opening bowler Sheldon Cottrell was the one who scalped the 1st wicket of the innings.
Here's how the Twitterverse reacted to Pakistan's innings:
The West Indies team should not find it much difficult to chase down the target of 106, especially with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shimron Hetmyer in their batting unit.Published 31 May 2019, 17:43 IST