PAK vs WI: West Indies bundles Pakistan out for its second lowest World Cup total

Pakistan vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder ran through the Pakistan batting line-up.

West Indies' Oshane Thomas finished with figures of 4/27.   -  Getty Images

Overcast conditions and some quality bowlers in the team must have been West Indies skipper Jason Holder's logic in choosing to bowl first after winning the toss at Trent Bridge on Friday.

It paid off as Pakistan folded for just 105, its second-lowest total in the World Cup. Oshane Thomas (4/27) and Holder (3/42) ran through the Pakistan batting line-up. All-rounder Andre Russell played the perfect second fiddle to the frontline pacers as he finished with figures of 2/4 from his three overs.

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Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed spoke about the need to play out the first few overs cautiously, before the match. But Imam—ul—Haq (2) was the first to go, as Sheldon Cottrell dismissed him in the third over of the innings.

Fakhar Zaman (22) and Babar Azam (22) did try to show some fight, but it was all about the Windies bowlers on the day as they looked to keep it simple and hit the right line and length with the wicket.

The Pakistan batsmen just didn’t seem to have the technique to take on the Windies pacers on a wicket that helped fast bowlers.

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Tottering at 83/9, it finally took some hitting from Wahab Riaz (18) as Pakistan went past the 100-run mark but was bundled out in 21.4 overs.