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Bat, face, stumps – watch Fakhar’s unusual dismissal
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Trent Bridge
Pakistan 105 all out (21.4 overs): Fakhar 22, Babar 22, Thomas 4-27, Holder 3-42
West Indies 108-3 (13.4 overs): Gayle 50, Pooran 34*, Amir 3-26
West Indies won by seven wickets
Scorecard.; Table; Schedule

West Indies produced a blistering bowling display to crush Pakistan by seven wickets and begin their World Cup campaign with an emphatic victory at Trent Bridge.

The two-time champions bowled Pakistan out for just 105 in 21.4 overs – their second lowest total in World Cup history.

All 10 wickets fell to seam with the West Indies bowlers quick and hostile in front of a crowd vociferously in support of Pakistan in Nottingham.

Oshane Thomas took 4-27, captain Jason Holder 3-42 and Andre Russell a brilliant 2-4 in three overs as only two Pakistan batsmen passed 20.

Chris Gayle smashed 50 from 34 balls with six sixes to give West Indies’ chase a quick start and, despite three wickets for Mohammad Amir, the win was sealed with 36.1 overs remaining when Nicholas Pooran smashed a huge six.

The bowling performance only strengthens the view that West Indies could be serious contenders to win their first 50-over World Cup since 1979, while it is a miserable start for Pakistan who won the Champions Trophy in England just two years ago.

Windies make ferocious start

West Indies are ranked eighth in the world in 50-over cricket and were grateful to rain for their qualification at the expense of Scotland in March 2018.

In recent years, it is their big-hitting batting which has caught the eye but here it was quick bowling reminiscent of West Indies sides of old that set pulses racing.

They repeatedly banged the ball in short and the Pakistan batsmen had no answer, with six wickets falling to short balls.

All-rounder Russell – one of West Indies star players who has returned to the team for this World Cup – was introduced early and bowled almost exclusively quick, short deliveries.

He dismissed opener Fakhar Zaman with a brutal delivery that hit the batsman’s grille and rebounded onto the stumps, and soon after had Haris Sohail caught behind when the batsman top-edged another bouncer.

Russell’s spell inspired the remaining bowlers to follow a similar method and Oshane Thomas had Babar Azam, who looked Pakistan’s best batsman in scoring 22, caught behind off another fast delivery.

That made the score 62-4 and Thomas and Holder took the remaining six wickets with only another 43 runs added to the total.

The only truly full delivery which claimed a wicket was the final one with Thomas clattering into Wahab Riaz’s stumps to complete the rout.

More to follow.

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