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Cricket World Cup | Windies ease to 7 wicket win over Pakistan

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Chris Gayle celebrates his 50 runs for the West Indies against Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge on Friday.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder (centre) celebrates piking up one of his three wickets against Pakistan in the West Indies' opening Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan at Trent Bridge, which the Windies won by 7 wickets.
West Indies' Oshane Thomas (centre) celebrates with teammates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Wahab Riaz during their Cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, Friday, May 31, 2019. Thomas was voted Man of the Match after taking 4 for 27.

Oshane Thomas led with the ball and Chris Gayle did the damage with the bat, as the West Indies registered a commanding 7 wicket victory over Pakistan in their opening game of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Trent Bridge. 

Gayle struck an even 50 runs from 34 balls, to ease the Caribbean men across the line at 108 for 3, after an impressive showing from the Windies seamers, who bundled out the Pakistanis for 105 off 31.4 overs, this after skipper Jason Holder invited them to take first strike on a bouncy Trent Bridge pitch. 

Thomas, playing in his first Cricket World Cup match, helped himself to 4-27, with Holder (3-42) and Andre Russell (2-4) tormenting the Pakistan batsmen.

"It's a great start for me as a youngster and I am grateful for this," said Man-of-the-match Thomas. "Andre Russell led the way by bowling some short aggressive balls and we followed and it worked, so I think we executed pretty well."

"I am determined to keep working hard and doing my thing," Thomas continued. 

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam offered the only resistance for Pakistan as both managed 22 against an attack, which featured a shower of short-balls from the West Indies bowlers.

When it was their turn to bat, it only took the Windies 13.4 overs to secure victory, with Gayle slamming six 4s and three 6s to lead the West Indies to their comfortable win. 

Nicholas Pooran added 34 runs (four 4s, two 6s) for the West Indies against Mohammad Amir, who got 3-26 for Pakistan. 



PAKISTAN 105 off 21.4 overs (Fakhar Zaman 22, Babar Azam 22; Oshane Thomas 4-27, Jason Holder 3-42, Andre Russell 2-4)

WEST INDIES 108 for three off 13.4 overs (Chris Gayle 50, Nicholas Pooran 34 not out; Mohammad Amir 3-26)