Windies bowlers produced an outstanding performance to set up an easy victory over Pakistan in match 2 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Oshane Thomas starred with the ball for Windies claiming four wickets to skittle Pakistan for 105 before Chris Gayle’s quickfire fifty sealed the tie in favour of the Caribbeans.
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Meanwhile, it was Andre Russell who set up early with two quick wickets after Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bowl fast. Babar Azam looked to steer Pakistan’s chances, but once Oshane Thomas got him, the Men in Greens were going nowhere from there. Thomas and skipper Jason Holder shared the rest of wickets after Wahab Riaz’s two sixes helped Pakistan cross the 100-run mark.
In the run chase, Chris Gayle got them off to a flier. He took on Hasan Ali to set the tone for the run-chase. Although Windies lost Shai Hope and Darren Bravo from the other end, Gayle continued with his onslaught. He departed after scoring his half-century while Nicholas Pooran took off the mantle to finish the game in style with a six off Riaz.
Speaking after the match, Oshane Thomas admitted that he is honoured to receive the man of the match award from Sir Viv Richards. The young seamer credited Andre Russell for setting it up and said that they executed their plans well. In conclusion, Thomas said that he wants to work hard and keep winning matches for his country.
Definitely, great start for me as a youngster, I’m honoured to have got this trophy from Sir Viv Richards. I had a good sleep yesterday. Andre Russell led the way with the ball, he was very aggressive and basically set it up for us with the aggressive bouncer, we executed our plans well. Anywhere I get to bowl I’m happy to run in and bowl, want to keep winning games for West Indies. I just want to keep working hard and doing my things,” Thomas said at the end of the match.