World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed unfazed after Pakistan crash to humiliating defeat

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was disappointed after his team’s humiliating loss in their first match of the World Cup 2019 as they got blown away by the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday. But Sarfaraz insisted that he is confident that his team will bounce back hard from this defeat.Carnage ensued in Nottingham as West Indies plotted Pakistan’s downfall with sheer pace and managed to bowl them out for 105 in 21.4 overs after electing to field first on a good batting track at Trent Bridge.Pakistan batsmen crumbled under the intense pressure put on them by the likes of Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder and Andre Russell with Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team registering its second lowest total in World Cup history.Sheldon Cottrell started the damage with the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq in the third over after which Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman managed to add 18 runs for the second wicket.But from there on nothing went their way as Pakistan collapsed from 35 for 1 to 105 all out, losing their final 9 wickets for 70 runs.Oshane Thomas finished with figures of 4 for 27 while Jason Holder bagged three wickets. Andre Russell picked up two while Cottrell got one.What a way to end it!Nicholas Pooran wallops one straight back down the ground for 6 to give @windiescricket a seven-wicket triumph over Pakistan in their opening match of #CWC19.The #MenInMaroon are looking good pic.twitter.com/tXzFOHm8mWICC (@ICC) May 31, 2019Fakhar (22) and Babar (22) did try to show some fight, but it was all about the Windies bowlers on the day as they looked to keep it simple and hit the right line and length with the wicket and overhead conditions helping them.advertisementThe Pakistan batsmen just didn’t seem to have the technique to take on the Windies pacers on a wicket that helped fast bowlers.Tottering at 83/9, it finally took some hitting from Wahab Riaz (18) as the Pakistan total went past the 100-run mark. Going into the tournament as one of the most unpredictable sides, Pakistan failed to turn their fate as the Windies players walked off with grins on their face after finishing the Pakistan innings in just 21.4 overs.Pakistan have little time for soul searching with a clash against the hosts and number one ODI side in the world looming on Monday #WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/3KiBq5l4rAICC (@ICC) May 31, 2019The West Indies in reply rode on opener Chris Gayle’s 34-ball 50 and Nicholas Pooran’s unbeaten 34 off 19 balls to reach the target with 36.2 overs to spare.”If you lose the toss and lose so many wickets early on, it’s tough to come back into the game. It was tricky for half an hour, but this is a good batting track, we didn’t bat well. I think we have to play positive cricket, didn’t do well today but hopefully we’ll bounce back.”We know they have pace bowlers who will come hard at us, but we didn’t play the short ball well. Today is a bad day, confident of bouncing back. It was good to see Mohammad Amir bowling well. We always get a lot of support in England, a big thank you to them. Want them to carry on,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting showAlso Read | Pakistan trolled after their shortest innings in World Cup historyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Chris Gayle becomes highest six-hitter in tournament’s historylast_img read more

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