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Pakistan splutter to low three digit score in World Cup opener

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The West Indies were quick off the mark to announce their 2019 World Cup campaign taking only 22 overs to bowl Pakistan out for 105 at Trent Bridge.

Wickets for bowlers Cottrell, Russell, Holder and Thomas proved vital for the Windies who were missing key bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach, both ruled out through injury.

Losing the toss early on, Pakistan found themselves three down inside ten overs as Sheldon Cottrell (4-0-18-1) and Russell (3-1-4-2) punished the Pakistani batsmen with bouncers and paced deliveries.

Captain Jason Holder (5-0-42-3) entered the attack and despite being the most expensive of bowlers made an immediate impact with the ball taking two wickets in an over.

His wicket of Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (8) came after a review but quickly set the scene for a Pakistan collapse.

Only a late burst from No.10 Wahab Riaz (18) helped the ailing side to over three digits after Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam top-scored with 22 runs.

However his innings was brought to a quick end when he was caught by Cottrell off the bowling of Oshane Thomas (5.4-0-27-4) despite scoring 17 runs in a single over by Holder in the previous over.

JOTI KAUR

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