West Indies’ seamers ran amok as Pakistan imploded to 105 all out off 21.4 overs in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash at Trent Bridge.
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Oshane Thomas took 4-27 on his World Cup debut, with skipper Jason Holder (3-24) and Andre Russell (2-4) also impressing as Windies’ short-ball tactics reaped huge dividends.
The score is Pakistan’s second-lowest of all time at Cricket World Cups – their worst tally the 74 scored against England in Adelaide in 1992.
Sheldon Cottrell started the rot early when Imam-ul-Haq gloved a catch down the leg-side but it was Russell who rocked Pakistan with a barrage of short deliveries, one of which crashed into Fakhar Zaman’s grill via a top-edge before dropping into his stumps.
Haris Sohail edged Russell behind for eight to leave West Indies 45-3. Shimron Hetmyer shelled a simple chance at backward point with Babar Azam on 12, but Pakistan’s number three soon edged Thomas behind, where Shai Hope left to his right to take a diving catch.
The slide continued – Sarfaraz Ahmed given out lbw on review to Holder and Imad Wasim top-edging the captain, presenting Chris Gayle with a simple chance.
Shadab Khan departed first ball, lbw to Thomas, making it 78-7 before Hasan Ali miscued Holder to mid-off and Mohammad Hafeez fell hooking.
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