ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Date & Time: 31 May 2019
RR: 7.90 | West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
So that's it from this game. West Indies have completely annihilated Pakistan with this performance. We now head to the first double-header of the 2019 World Cup. New Zealand take on Sri Lanka first up in Cardiff at 1030 local (0930 GMT) and the defending champion, Australia will face Afghanistan in the second game which is going to be played in Bristol. That game will begin at 1330 local (1230 GMT). Join us for all the action. Cheers!
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says they got off to a nice start and looked good right from the word go. Says Russell is an impact player and credits Oshane Thomas too for the way he bowled. Adds Cottrell also bowled well at the start. Says Gayle makes chasing easy as small targets can be dicey. Informs it has been a long build-up and it was good to start with a win. On being asked if they can make it till the end, Holder says if the team stays fit then definitely but also adds that they are not looking too far ahead and are looking to play good cricket and make people back home proud.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says it gets difficult if you lose the toss in such conditions and early wickets made it even more difficult. Reckons the wicket was tough to bat on in the first 30 minutes. States they expected the wicket here to be good for batting but it was soft underneath and hence, batting was difficult. Mentions they need to play positive cricket and he hopes to bounce back. Further adds they knew the West Indies pacers would come hard at them and is disappointed that they did not play the short ball well. Tells that it's difficult to bowl to Gayle but is happy to see the bowling form of Mohammad Amir. Ends by saying they always have good support in England and he hopes they keep supporting them.
Man of the Match, Oshane Thomas says that he wants to carry on with this performance. When asked about how he slept last night knowing that he will be making his debut in the mega event, Oshane replies that he had a good sleep. Tells that the plan was to bowl aggressively. On being asked whether he prefers to start with the new ball, Thomas states that he is happy to bowl at any stage as per his team plans.
Earlier in the day, after electing to field, West Indies rolled back the years as they bounced out Pakistan for a minuscule total. Except for Brathwaite, every bowler had at least a wicket. Oshane Thomas was the best among the rest as he finished with a 4-wicket haul.
The Pakistan bowlers just did not have enough on the board for their bowlers to do something. Amir's bowling though was a positive for them. He ended with a three-fer and this will surely give him the much-needed confidence going ahead.
Chasing a very, very low target, Chris Gayle and Shai Hope came out with the mindset of ending this early. They started briskly but then Hope was dismissed. Gayle though continued hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground and scored a half ton in no time. Soon after reaching his fifty, the Jamaican got out but the rest of the work was completed efficiently by the young guns, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer. The former in particular left his mark with some scintillating shots and announced his arrival at the big stage. All in all, it's a resounding win for the boys from the Caribbean to kick-start their campaign.
82 balls, that's all West Indies took to end this game! The win was never in doubt after their bowlers bundled Pakistan out for just 105 after some outstanding and hostile bowling show.
Hassan Ali is back into the attack. 3-0-34-0, his figures so far.
Shimron Hetmyer is the new man in.
Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire. 4 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over, don't think the chase will last till then.
Wahab Riaz is on now!
Nicholas Pooran comes out to bat!
Darren Bravo is the new man in.
Hassan Ali to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Pakistan team are out in a huddle. They now walk to the centre. The West Indies openers, Shai Hope and Chris Gayle, follow them. The left-hander will take strike and he will face Mohammad Amir who will start the proceedings for Pakistan. Here we go...