Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan slump to their second-lowest World Cup total

Pakistan were bundled out for 105 runs in just 21.4 overs in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against West Indies, thus slumping to their second-lowest total in World Cup history at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday.

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After being out in to bat, Pakistan never really got going and were undone by Windies pacers. Oshane Thomas was the pick of the bowlers picking four wickets while Jason Holder grabbed three wickets.  

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam top-scored with 22 with Pakistan batting came under immense pressure from WI pacers and crumbled. West Indies bowled short and reaped the rewards.

Mohammad Hafeez (18) and Wahab Riaz (16) were the other two batsmen to go past double-figures.

Pakistan’s lowest total in World Cups remains 74 vs England at Adelaide in the 1992 World Cup.

On a surface where the average first-innings score is 300-plus, Pakistan batsmen were bulldozed by West Indies pace battery. Young quick Thomas finished with 4/21, backed splendidly by the fit and fiery Andre Russell, and Holder, who overcame a horrible start of 20 from first two overs to finish with 3/23.

Holder, who played down the idea of high-scoring World Cup totals on the eve of the match, pointed out how a low total is also very much a possibility, a prediction that couldn’t have been more spot on. Pakistan’s highest partnership was between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam for the second wicket. Once they went, the wheels came off. Pakistan’s final seven wickets went down for 41 runs, with Riaz’s cameo rescuing Pakistan from the embarrassment of a double-digit total.

Lowest scores for Pakistan in World Cups

 

Score Opposition Venue Year
74 England Adelaide 1992
105 West Indies Nottingham 2019
132 Ireland Kingston 2007
132 Australia Lord’s 1999
134 England Cape Town 2003