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Comment: West Indies stun Pakistan with minimal fuss
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Comment: West Indies stun Pakistan with minimal fuss

All hopes of a nerve-jangling encounter were dashed as Pakistan had a brain freeze after being put into bat first in overcast conditions at the Trent Bridge in their 2019 World Cup opener. West Indies quicks stuck to their guns and barraged the zoned out batsmen with hostile short pitch stuff that Pakistan couldn't negotiate with at all. Cricket analysts have been harping on the fact during the England tour to practice against the short ball and have a contingency plan in place to deal with the rising deliveries. It could be a case of jitters creeping in at the start of the World Cup where the expectations to redeem themselves from an epic slum in form got better of green shirts. To make things worse, this crushing defeat has taken a heavy blow on the net run rate that has plunged to -5.802.

The only bright spot in today's match was Mohammad Amir's bowling which despite the long gone prodigious banana swing had enough movement off the pitch to trouble the batsmen. He got three prized scalps in an inevitable defeat. Chris Gayle made sure there was no drama by thumping another half-century in a walk in the park chase but he was struggling in the middle holding his back, probably carrying an injury. However, West Indies batting has got plenty of depth and firepower even without the 'Universe Boss'. All teams have been given off a clear warning of their exceptional ability to blow away any opposition. West Indies captain Jason Holder has stated that he has no expectation from his team and this was exactly the case with Pakistan back in the 2017 Champions Trophy.

But how will Pakistan recover from this? The tournament is still in its early days but it will need a herculean effort to snap out of the negative frame of mind. They could use this drubbing to motivate themselves and pull it back against the World Cup hosts England whom they face at the same venue in a few days time. Every team is fighting tooth and nail in a bid to clinch the title and so is Pakistan, but crushing under the weight of expectations is only going to make a bad situation worse. As long as Pakistan compete and take the game deep, all the cricket enthusiasts will be content. This is where the senior pros and management need to come and restrategize, regroup, shrug of this defeat and come out again with renewed vigour and defiance.