ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

West Indies vs Pakistan - Match 2

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Date & Time: 31 May 2019

West Indies 108/3

RR: 7.90 | West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

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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.

13.4
6
W Riaz to N Pooran, SIX! That will be it! Pooran finishes off in style. Riaz bends his back and bangs it in short, Pooran demolishes it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. WEST INDIES WIN BY 7 WICKETS and 218 balls to spare.
13.3
0
W Riaz to N Pooran, Slower ball outside off, Pooran swings his bat at it but misses.
13.2
4
W Riaz to N Pooran, FOUR! Off the edge and over the slip fielder. Length ball outside off, Pooran goes hard at it. He looks to slash it but it goes off the outside edge to the third man fence for a boundary.
13.1
1
W Riaz to S Hetmyer, A very full ball on middle and leg, Hetmyer looks to hit towards mid-wicket but it goes off the inside edge towards fine leg for a siingle.
13.1
0
W Riaz to S Hetmyer, WIDE! Back of a length ball outside off. It swings away and takes it outside the tramline. Hetmyer leaves it alone and it has been signalled as wide.
12.6
0
H Ali to N Pooran, Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.
12.5
1
H Ali to S Hetmyer, Make that 10 as this is pulled towards fine leg for one.
12.4
2
H Ali to S Hetmyer, Full and on middle, this is worked through square leg for a brace. 11 needed now.
12.3
0
H Ali to S Hetmyer, Back of a length on off, Hetmyer looks to defend and does so well.
12.2
0
H Ali to S Hetmyer, A bouncer and the batsman ducks under it.
12.1
2
H Ali to S Hetmyer, Run out chance missed! A length ball angling down the leg side, Hetmyer nudges it towards backward square leg. The batsmen take one and then go for the second. The throw is fired to Sarfaraz who collects it near the stumps but doesn't take the bails off. He then realizes that Shimron might have not made it in so tries to break the stumps but by then he's too far away from the sticks. Hmmm...

Hassan Ali is back into the attack. 3-0-34-0, his figures so far.

11.6
0
W Riaz to N Pooran, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. A dot to end but 14 from the over.
11.5
2
W Riaz to N Pooran, Safe again! Short and outside off, Pooran once again looks to pull. This time though the ball gets big on him. The top edge is induced. Lands away from the fine leg fielder who is beaten in the spin after the ball pitches. Luckily for him, it stops before the ropes. Just the two.
11.4
6
W Riaz to N Pooran, SIX! Slapped! Short again, this one does not rise as much as Wahab wanted. Pooran slaps it down to the long on fence.
11.3
4
W Riaz to N Pooran, FOUR! EDGY! Pooran won't care though. Short and on off, it keeps on rising. Pooran looks to defend but the ball flies off the top edge and over the slip fielder for a boundary.
11.2
1
W Riaz to S Hetmyer, Is that a drop or is that short? Not sure. It was a good effort by Imam. It is short and outside off, Hetmyer tries to drag his pull but does not get on top of the bounce. The ball takes the top edge and goes up in the air towards square leg. Imam runs in from the deep and then dives but fails to hang on. A single taken.
11.1
1
W Riaz to N Pooran, On the shorter side, Pooran pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
10.6
0
M Amir to S Hetmyer, Gets a length ball on off first up, Shimron blocks it.

Shimron Hetmyer is the new man in.

10.5
0
M Amir to C Gayle, OUT! Gayle goes just after getting to his fifty. Slower ball on off, Gayle clears his front leg and looks to go over long off but be ends up top edging it and the ball goes towards backward point. Shadab Khan there takes a dolly and Amir gets his third of the game.
10.4
1
M Amir to N Pooran, Now plays a gentle run down to third man. It looked like it will go to the fence but Riaz gets there and saves it with a dive. Only a single.
10.3
4
M Amir to N Pooran, FOUR! That went like a tracer bullet! Length ball outside off, Pooran thrashes his cut through covers for a boundary.
10.2
1
M Amir to C Gayle, Fifty for Chris Gayle. His 52nd ODI fifty. He gets there by flicking this length ball on his pads towards fine leg for a single. He has got there at a rapid pace with a strike rate of over 150. Just 33 balls he has taken to get to the milestone.
10.1
0
M Amir to C Gayle, A bumper and Gayle ducks under it.

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.

9.6
0
W Riaz to N Pooran, Beaten again! Loose shot this time. Back of a length and way outside off, NP hangs his bat out and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. So two dots to end but still an expensive over. 15 from it. Windies are cruising along, they are 71 for two after Powerplay 1!
9.5
0
W Riaz to N Pooran, BEATEN! Good nut! Lands it on off which means the batsman has to play at it. Gets it to move away and hence, it beats the outside edge of Pooran's bat.
9.4
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, Looks to go for a yorker but ends up bowling a full toss on the pads. Gayle looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls towards square leg. A leg bye taken. Gayle is own his haunches at the other end. He seems to have a problem with his back.
9.3
4
W Riaz to C Gayle, FOUR! Cracked! It is the slower one and it is short and outside off, Gayle picks it, he waits for it and hammers it through mid-wicket. So Wahab's first was a maiden. His second has already gone for 14 and 3 balls to go.
9.2
4
W Riaz to C Gayle, FOUR! Up and over! 10 from the first two balls. Gayle makes room this time and Wahab bowls it short and on middle, Gayle manages to cut it over point for a boundary.
9.1
6
W Riaz to C Gayle, SIX! Smacked! Length and on off, Gayle clears the front leg and powers it over the long off fence for a biggie.
8.6
1
M Amir to C Gayle, Another single! Gayle goes back and punches it towards mid off. Keeps strike.
8.5
1
M Amir to N Pooran, Wide of second slip! Length and outside off, Pooran plays it with an open face of the bat. It goes wide of the second slip fielder and down to third ma for one.
8.4
4
M Amir to N Pooran, FOUR! Not off the middle but gets the desired result. Short and outside off, Pooran looks to pull but it goes off the inner half towards mid on. Hafeez there comical dives but does not even get a hand to it and boundary results.
8.3
0
M Amir to N Pooran, Good delivery! Lands it on a length and around off, Pooran looks to defend but the ball jags back in. The ball hits the inside edge and then goes onto the pads.
8.2
1
M Amir to C Gayle, Good running! Back of a length on off, Gayle pushes it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
8.1
0
M Amir to N Pooran, Sprays on the pads, Pooran looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the pads and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
7.6
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, Feisty stuff from Wahab! Bowls another short one and on middle, Gayle does well to evade it. A maiden by Wahab.
7.5
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, A full toss at 87 KPH on middle, Gayle may have been surprised by it as he just put bats to it and it rolls to mid on.
7.4
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, Good slower ball! It is slightly short and outside off, Gayle may not have expected it. He is way too early in the pull and misses.
7.3
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, A bumper now but it is outside off, Gayle watches it go through to the keeper.
7.2
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, On the pads, Gayle looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls to the left of Sarfaraz as he dives and makes a good stop.
7.1
0
W Riaz to C Gayle, Good length and on off, Gayle goes back and pushes it to mid on.

Wahab Riaz is on now!

6.6
0
M Amir to N Pooran, Back of a length ball on off, Pooran blocks it to see off the over.
6.5
0
M Amir to C Gayle, On the body, Gayle looks to flick but it goes off the thigh pad. The ball goes to the on side and they take a leg bye.
6.4
0
M Amir to C Gayle, Gayle defends it off the back foot.
6.3
1
M Amir to N Pooran, Pooran wastes no time and gets off the mark straightaway. On middle and leg, Pooran flicks it to fine leg and gets one.

Nicholas Pooran comes out to bat!

6.2
0
M Amir to D Bravo, OUT! Bravo goes for a duck! Back of a length ball on off, Bravo looks to defend but the ball raises onto him. It finds the outside edge off Bravo's bat and goes to second slip. Babar Azam there takes a good catch as it comes to him on a good height. Amir gets his second and irrespective of the result this will ne a good sign for Pakistan and it's supporters.
6.1
0
M Amir to D Bravo, Still cannot get off the mark. Good length ball on off, Bravo defends it off the back foot and looks for a single but cannot get it.
5.6
4
H Ali to C Gayle, FOUR! This is off the meat! Good length ball on off and middle, Gayle pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.5
0
H Ali to C Gayle, Edge but short of the slip fielder. Length ball on off, Gayle defends it with soft hands which sees it go to first slip on the bounce.
5.4
0
H Ali to C Gayle, Good length ball on off, Chris defends it off the back foot.
5.3
0
H Ali to C Gayle, Fuller on middle, Gayle strokes it to the man at mid on.
5.2
4
H Ali to C Gayle, FOUR! Not off the middle but Gayle won't mind. Length ball outside off, Gayle looks to cut but it goes towards third man off the upper half of his bat for a boundary. Gets the desired result.
5.1
0
H Ali to C Gayle, A good juicy full toss on off, Gayle does not take the toll of it and just drives it to the man at cover.
4.6
0
M Amir to D Bravo, On the pads, Bravo flicks to mid-wicket. He was looking for a quick run but Gayle straightaway says no.
4.5
0
M Amir to D Bravo, Back of a length ball on off, Bravo blocks it.
4.5
0
M Amir to D Bravo, WIDE! Bouncer bounces too high! It is on middle and leg, Bravo ducks under it. The square leg umpire signals wide to the umpire and it has been wided. The decision is booed by the Pakistan supporters in the crowd.
4.4
1
M Amir to C Gayle, On middle and leg, Gayle flicks it to the on side and gives the strike to the new man.

Darren Bravo is the new man in.

4.3
0
M Amir to S Hope, OUT! Finally some rub of the green going Pakistan's way. Amir bowls it on a length around off, Hope looks to go over covers. He gets a top edge on it and the ball goes high in the air. Hafeez runs to his left and takes a good tumbling catching as the ball was going away from him.
4.2
0
M Amir to S Hope, Good length ball on off, Hope follows the boundary with a front foot defense.
4.1
4
M Amir to S Hope, FOUR! In the air but no one has the chance to catch it. Length ball outside off, Hope hits it over the cover fielder for a boundary.
3.6
1
H Ali to S Hope, Short again and Hope this time nails the pull shot but straight to the fielder in the deep. Another single. 16 from this over.
3.5
0
H Ali to S Hope, A good bumper, Hope ducks under it.
3.4
1
H Ali to C Gayle, Just a single! It is the slower one from Ali. Gayle is a touch foxed by it. He looks to go again but is early in the shot. Hence, it goes a lot squarer on the leg side just for a single as there is a fielder in the deep.
3.3
6
H Ali to C Gayle, SIX! Consecutive biggies! Gayle wants to end this early. Fuller again and it is in Gayle's arc. He lofts it over the bowler's head and it clears the rope by just.
3.2
6
H Ali to C Gayle, SIX! This is right off the middle and it sails into the stands. Fuller this time and on middle, Gayle clears his front leg and tonks it over the long on fence. With this biggie, he goes past AB de Villiers as the batsman with the most number of sixes in a World Cup.
3.1
2
H Ali to C Gayle, Up in the air... lands in no man's land. Gayle looks to clear mid-wicket but it hits the higher portion of the bat. It lands in the mid-wicket region for a brace.
2.6
0
M Amir to S Hope, Play and miss. length ball outside off, Hope throws his bat at it but it just misses the outside edge by just. Sarfaraz puts in a stifled appeal but the umpire is unmoved.
2.5
0
M Amir to S Hope, Chipped but safe. As I said earlier, nothing has gone Pakistan's way. Fuller ball on the pads, Hope looks to flick but ends up chipping it wide and right of the bowler. Amir was seeing whether it carries or not and it does not.
2.4
2
M Amir to S Hope, Bouncer on off, Hope looks to pull but does not time it well. It falls in no man's land at deep mid-wicket and they get an easy two.
2.3
0
M Amir to S Hope, Length ball outside off, Hope strokes it to the man at cover. The fielder there misfields but it does not cost.
2.2
0
M Amir to S Hope, Closer to the off pole this time, the length is similar. Hope goes back and defends it onto the ground.
2.1
2
M Amir to S Hope, Through covers but only for a couple! Width on offer outside off, it is on a length. Hope slaps it but not off the middle and bags a brace.
1.6
0
H Ali to C Gayle, Appeal for lbw, turned down. Length ball on the pads, Gayle looks to flick but it hits him on his pad. They put in a big appeal but the umpire is not interested. The ball was pitching outside leg and Hawk Eye later on confirms it.
1.5
4
H Ali to C Gayle, FOUR! Edged and another boundary. Fuller outside off, Gayle swings his bat at it but gets a thick outside edge which flies down the third man region for a boundary.
1.4
4
H Ali to C Gayle, FOUR! Off the edge! Nothing has gone Pakistan's way here. Ali bowls a short ball on the body. It is a well directed bouncer. Gayle looks to pull but gets a top edge which goes to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
1.3
0
H Ali to C Gayle, Full on off, Gayle hits it to the fielder at mid off.
1.2
1
H Ali to S Hope, Outside off on a length, Shai cuts it towards point and gets a single.
1.2
0
H Ali to S Hope, WIDE! Hassan misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Hope looks to flick but misses and the ball goes to the left of the keeper.
1.1
0
H Ali to S Hope, Starts with a length ball on middle and off, Hope defends it to mid on.

Hassan Ali to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
1
M Amir to S Hope, Hope gets off the mark and also keeps the strike. It is on the pads, Shai flicks it to fine leg and gets a single.
0.5
0
M Amir to S Hope, This time drives it to the fielder at cover.
0.4
0
M Amir to S Hope, Nice drive but straight to the man at mid off. Full on off, Hope drives it crisply but straight to the man at mid off.
0.3
0
M Amir to S Hope, Good length ball first up for Hope. It is on middle and leg, Shai tucks it to mid-wicket.
0.2
1
M Amir to C Gayle, The chase is off the mark. Full on off, Gayle flicks it towards mid-wicket and sets off on his bike. Zaman has a shy at the bowler's end and he hits the stumps but Gayle was comfortably in.
0.1
0
M Amir to C Gayle, Amir starts right on the money here. Full on middle and off. It nips in after pitching. Gayle does well to block it.

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...