CWC 2019 Recap: Russell and Thomas rattle Pakistan with short stuff
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
In the second match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between West Indies and Pakistan, the Pakistani batters had to face a slew of short pitch deliveries from the Caribbean quicks. Fakhar Zaman had started on a good note and looked threatening with a couple of tidy shots, but Andre Russell hit him on the head with a steeply rising delivery that went on to dislodge the bails.
West Indies 108 – 3 (Chris Gayle 50)
Pakistan 105 (Oshane Thomas 4-27)
Result - West Indies won by 7 wickets
These are the type of balls which not only take a wicket on the field, but uproot a couple of batsmen in the dressing room as well. You could clearly see the fear that ball instilled in other Pakistani batsmen and the game just changed from there on.
The likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim got out fending at the short ball in an ugly manner, almost as if they were not prepared or equipped enough to face it at such pace. Nor did they show the guts to fight or take a couple of them on the body.
While Thomas received the Man of the Match award for his figures of 5.4-27-4, it was Russell who really set it up with two wickets off just three overs and showed the way, which Thomas and Jason Holder followed.
Chris Gayle then scored a 34-ball half-century to take West Indies to a seven-wicket victory.