In their opening match of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Pakistan suffered a massive defeat against Windies on Friday (31st May) at Trent Bridge (Nottingham). The Caribbean side won this match by seven wickets with a whopping 218 balls to spare.
After Windies sent Pakistan to bat first, the Asian side was bundled out for just 105 runs (21.4 overs). Chasing down that target, Windies successfully reached in 13.4 overs after losing three wickets.
Brief Scores: Pakistan – 105 in 21.4 overs (Fakhar Zaman 22, Babar Azam 22; Oshane Thomas 4/27)
Windies – 108/3 in 13.4 overs (Chris Gayle 50, Nicholas Pooran 34*; Mohammad Amir 3/26)
Result – Windies won by seven wickets
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) Pakistan was bundled out for just 105 runs (21.4 overs). It is their second lowest completed total in Cricket World Cup history. The lowest record is 74 (40.2 overs) against England at Adelaide on 1st March 1992.
ii) With this defeat, Pakistan has failed to win in their last 12 ODIs (11 lost and one no result). It is the first time when Pakistan has failed to win in 12 consecutive ODI matches.
i) It is the eighth time in Cricket World Cup history when the Windies pace bowlers took all the ten wickets of an innings. Previously it happened for the Windies pace bowlers during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup (against Pakistan at Kingston on 13th March 2007).
ii) Windies won this match by seven wickets with 218 balls remaining. It is Windies’ second-largest ODI victory (by balls remaining) against Pakistan as their record is winning by seven wickets with 225 balls remaining (at Cape Town on 25th February 1993). Meanwhile, this victory was also Windies’ fourth largest CWC victory (by balls remaining).
i) Playing this match at the age of 39 years and 252 days, Chris Gayle becomes the second oldest Windies cricketer to play a Cricket World Cup match. With the age of 40 years and 251 days, Lance Gibbs is holding this record.
ii) Chris Gayle is the oldest Windies batsman and second oldest overall left-handed batsman to score 50+ runs in a Cricket World Cup match.
iii) By the end of this match, Chris Gayle has hit 40 sixes in Cricket World Cup history. It is the most sixes for a batsman in CWC history as Gayle surpassed the former South African star AB de Villiers (37 sixes) during this match.
iv) Oshane Thomas had the bowling figures of 5.4-0-27-4. It is the best bowling figures by a Windies bowler against Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup history. Courtney Walsh was the previous record holder with the bowling figures of 10-1-40-4 (at Lahore on 16th October 1987).
i) The left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Amir had the bowling figures of 6-0-26-3. It is the best bowling figures by a left-arm Pakistan bowler against Windies in the Cricket World Cup history. Saleem Jaffar (left-arm pacer) was the previous record holder with the bowling figures of 10-0-30-3 (at Lahore on 16th October 1987).
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