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PAK 105 (21.4ov)
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  • So that's it from this game. West Indies have completely annihilated Pakistan with this performance. We now head to the first double-header of the 2019 World Cup. New Zealand take on Sri Lanka first up in Cardiff at 1030 local (0930 GMT) and the defending champion, Australia will face Afghanistan in the second game which is going to be played in Bristol. That game will begin at 1330 local (1230 GMT). Join us for all the action. Cheers!
  • West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says they got off to a nice start and looked good right from the word go. Says Russell is an impact player and credits Oshane Thomas too for the way he bowled. Adds Cottrell also bowled well at the start. Says Gayle makes chasing easy as small targets can be dicey. Informs it has been a long build-up and it was good to start with a win. On being asked if they can make it till the end, Holder says if the team stays fit then definitely but also adds that they are not looking too far ahead and are looking to play good cricket and make people back home proud.
  • Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says it gets difficult if you lose the toss in such conditions and early wickets made it even more difficult. Reckons the wicket was tough to bat on in the first 30 minutes. States they expected the wicket here to be good for batting but it was soft underneath and hence, batting was difficult. Mentions they need to play positive cricket and he hopes to bounce back. Further adds they knew the West Indies pacers would come hard at them and is disappointed that they did not play the short ball well. Tells that it's difficult to bowl to Gayle but is happy to see the bowling form of Mohammad Amir. Ends by saying they always have good support in England and he hopes they keep supporting them.
  • Man of the Match, Oshane Thomas says that he wants to carry on with this performance. When asked about how he slept last night knowing that he will be making his debut in the mega event, Oshane replies that he had a good sleep. Tells that the plan was to bowl aggressively. On being asked whether he prefers to start with the new ball, Thomas states that he is happy to bowl at any stage as per his team plans.
  • Earlier in the day, after electing to field, West Indies rolled back the years as they bounced out Pakistan for a minuscule total. Except for Brathwaite, every bowler had at least a wicket. Oshane Thomas was the best among the rest as he finished with a 4-wicket haul.
  • The Pakistan bowlers just did not have enough on the board for their bowlers to do something. Amir's bowling though was a positive for them. He ended with a three-fer and this will surely give him the much-needed confidence going ahead.
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    Six! Pooran finished it in style and what a start of this world cup 2019 from them. So many young talents in the team and team is looking so energetic. Young Thomas, Cottrel and Russel are stars today in this win. Gayle too continues his form. Pakistan might has to think about their loopholes where they are lagging behind. Couples of catches too dropped today. Amir has been some positive for them in today's clash. 

  • Chasing a very, very low target, Chris Gayle and Shai Hope came out with the mindset of ending this early. They started briskly but then Hope was dismissed. Gayle though continued hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground and scored a half ton in no time. Soon after reaching his fifty, the Jamaican got out but the rest of the work was completed efficiently by the young guns, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer. The former in particular left his mark with some scintillating shots and announced his arrival at the big stage. All in all, it's a resounding win for the boys from the Caribbean to kick-start their campaign.
  • 82 balls, that's all West Indies took to end this game! The win was never in doubt after their bowlers bundled Pakistan out for just 105 after some outstanding and hostile bowling show.
  • 13.5WRiaz to NPooran

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    SIX! That will be it! Pooran finishes off in style. Riaz bends his back and bangs it in short, Pooran demolishes it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. WEST INDIES WIN BY 7 WICKETS and 218 balls to spare.
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    Four! Edged and Pooran gets a Boundary at Third man

  • 13.4WRiaz to NPooran

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    Slower ball outside off, Pooran swings his bat at it but misses.
  • 13.3WRiaz to NPooran

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    FOUR! Off the edge and over the slip fielder. Length ball outside off, Pooran goes hard at it. He looks to slash it but it goes off the outside edge to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 13.2WRiaz to SHetmyer

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    A very full ball on middle and leg, Hetmyer looks to hit towards mid-wicket but it goes off the inside edge towards fine leg for a siingle.
  • 13.1WRiaz to SHetmyer

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    WIDE! Back of a length ball outside off. It swings away and takes it outside the tramline. Hetmyer leaves it alone and it has been signalled as wide.
  • 12.6HAli to NPooran

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    Back of a length on off, the batsman defends it onto the ground.
  • 12.5HAli to SHetmyer

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    Make that 10 as this is pulled towards fine leg for one.
  • 12.4HAli to SHetmyer

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    Full and on middle, this is worked through square leg for a brace. 11 needed now.
  • 12.3HAli to SHetmyer

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    Back of a length on off, Hetmyer looks to defend and does so well.
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    Run out chance missed and Hetmyer is lucky 

  • 12.2HAli to SHetmyer

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    A bouncer and the batsman ducks under it.
  • 12.1HAli to SHetmyer

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    Run out chance missed! A length ball angling down the leg side, Hetmyer nudges it towards backward square leg. The batsmen take one and then go for the second. The throw is fired to Sarfaraz who collects it near the stumps but doesn't take the bails off. He then realizes that Shimron might have not made it in so tries to break the stumps but by then he's too far away from the sticks. Hmmm...
  • Hassan Ali is back into the attack. 3-0-34-0, his figures so far.
  • 11.6WRiaz to NPooran

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    The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. A dot to end but 14 from the over.
  • 11.5WRiaz to NPooran

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    Safe again! Short and outside off, Pooran once again looks to pull. This time though the ball gets big on him. The top edge is induced. Lands away from the fine leg fielder who is beaten in the spin after the ball pitches. Luckily for him, it stops before the ropes. Just the two.
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    Six! Pooran clears the long on fence

  • 11.4WRiaz to NPooran

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    SIX! Slapped! Short again, this one does not rise as much as Wahab wanted. Pooran slaps it down to the long on fence.
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    Four! Pooran finds the Gap towards third man

  • 11.3WRiaz to NPooran

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    FOUR! EDGY! Pooran won't care though. Short and on off, it keeps on rising. Pooran looks to defend but the ball flies off the top edge and over the slip fielder for a boundary.
  • 11.2WRiaz to SHetmyer

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    Is that a drop or is that short? Not sure. It was a good effort by Imam. It is short and outside off, Hetmyer tries to drag his pull but does not get on top of the bounce. The ball takes the top edge and goes up in the air towards square leg. Imam runs in from the deep and then dives but fails to hang on. A single taken.
  • 11.1WRiaz to NPooran

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    On the shorter side, Pooran pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.6MAmir to SHetmyer

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    Gets a length ball on off first up, Shimron blocks it.
  • Shimron Hetmyer is the new man in.
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    Out! Gayle can't connect and Amir gets his third.

  • 10.5MAmir to CGayle

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    OUT! Gayle goes just after getting to his fifty. Slower ball on off, Gayle clears his front leg and looks to go over long off but be ends up top edging it and the ball goes towards backward point. Shadab Khan there takes a dolly and Amir gets his third of the game.
  • 10.4MAmir to NPooran

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    Now plays a gentle run down to third man. It looked like it will go to the fence but Riaz gets there and saves it with a dive. Only a single.
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    Four! Pooran finds the gap 

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    Single and Fifty up for Gayle. A announcement for other teams that King is back.

  • 10.3MAmir to NPooran

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    FOUR! That went like a tracer bullet! Length ball outside off, Pooran thrashes his cut through covers for a boundary.
  • 10.2MAmir to CGayle

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    Fifty for Chris Gayle. His 52nd ODI fifty. He gets there by flicking this length ball on his pads towards fine leg for a single. He has got there at a rapid pace with a strike rate of over 150. Just 33 balls he has taken to get to the milestone.
  • 10.1MAmir to CGayle

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    A bumper and Gayle ducks under it.
  • Powerplay 2 signalled by the umpire. 4 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over, don't think the chase will last till then.
  • 9.6WRiaz to NPooran

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    Beaten again! Loose shot this time. Back of a length and way outside off, NP hangs his bat out and the ball whizzes past the outside edge. So two dots to end but still an expensive over. 15 from it. Windies are cruising along, they are 71 for two after Powerplay 1!
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    Four! Gayle finds the Gap towards deep mid wicket 

  • 9.5WRiaz to NPooran

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    BEATEN! Good nut! Lands it on off which means the batsman has to play at it. Gets it to move away and hence, it beats the outside edge of Pooran's bat.

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