West Indies produced a blistering bowling display in which seven wickets crushed Pakistan and started their World Cup campaign with an emphatic victory at Trent Bridge.
Pakistan was bowled by the two-time champions for just 105 in 21.4 overs-their second-lowest total in the history of the World Cup. All 10 wickets fell to seam quickly and hostile before a crowd in support of Pakistan in Nottingham with the West Indies bowlers.
Captain Jason Holder 3-42 and Andre Russell took a brilliant 2-4 in three overs as only two Pakistan batsmen passed 20.
Chris Gayle smashed 50 out of 34 balls with three six to give a quick start to the chase of West Indies and, despite three wickets for Mohammad Amir, the win was sealed with 36.1 overs left 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’s a miserable start for Pakistan who won the Champions Trophy in England just two years ago.
Pakistan 105 all out in 21.4 overs (Babar Azam 22, JO Holder 3-42)
West Indies 108/3 in 13.4 overs (CH Gayle 50, Mohammad Amir 3-42) by 104 West Indies won by 7 wickets