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.

More to follow.

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