Pakistan was not up to the mark in their opening match against Windies at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Men in Green was skittled out for a paltry score of 105 runs after they were put into bat by Windies skipper Jason Holder. Subsequently, Windies cruised to the easy target with seven wickets in hand and 36.2 overs left. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed stated the batting unit didn’t do well.
Pakistan registered their second-lowest total in the World Cup history. The Men in Green were tested by the short stuff and they didn’t have answers to accurate bowling of the Windies. Oshane Thomas was the pick of the Windies bowlers as the well-built pacer scalped four wickets for 27 runs. Windies skipper Jason Holder snared three wickets and bowled accurate line and length.
We will bounce back stronger – Sarfraz Ahmed.
There were gloomy conditions and the Windies bowlers made most of the conditions on offer. They breathed down the neck of the Pakistan batters with short deliveries and they were accurate in their line and length.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz Ahmed is confident that his team will bounce back stronger in the coming matches of the World Cup.
Sarfraz Ahmed said in the post-match presentation, “If you lose the toss in these conditions, and lose wickets, it’s hard to come back into the game. Have to play positive cricket here. Didn’t do well as a batting unit today. We know they’re going to come hard with their pace bowlers. We didn’t play well against the short ball. Today was a bad day. Confident my team will bounce back. Good to see Amir bowling well. Always good support here in England”.
It was a disappointing performance from Pakistan as they went down like a pack of cards in the batting unit. They were not switched on and played reckless shots against the short-pitched deliveries. Pakistan will like to turn the tables in the remaining matches and they would need to be at the top of their game in the coming matches.
Meanwhile, one positive for Pakistan from the ignominious defeat was the return of the form of Mohammed Amir. Amir bowled with fire and took all the three wickets of the Windies team.
Pakistan will play their second match against England at the same venue of Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 3rd June.