| 7.5°C Belfast

Cricket World Cup matchday two: Windies make major statement

Pakistan were hammered at Trent Bridge.

Close

West Indies had a day to remember in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA)

West Indies had a day to remember in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA)

West Indies had a day to remember in Nottingham (Tim Goode/PA)

Chris Gayle’s rapid half-century following an inspired spell of aggressive fast bowling from West Indies ushered them to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Gayle thrashed a 33-ball 50, breaking the tournament’s all-time record for most sixes en route, as the Windies overhauled a paltry 106 victory target with a whopping 36.2 overs to spare.

The groundwork, though, had been laid by their pacemen as Pakistan crumbled in the face of a barrage of short balls, Oshane Thomas the main beneficiary with four for 27 in a game which was finished by 2pm and featured only 35.2 overs.

Tweet of the day

Brian Lara played with and against some fearsome bowlers during his stellar career and the Windies great was quick to hail the game-plan of the current crop.

World Cup snapshot

Close

An apparent back injury could not stop Chris Gayle (Tim Goode/PA)

An apparent back injury could not stop Chris Gayle (Tim Goode/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

An apparent back injury could not stop Chris Gayle (Tim Goode/PA)

Tournament tracker

Close

(PA Graphics)

(PA Graphics)

Press Association Images

(PA Graphics)

Quote of the day

People have me as a medium-pacer. When I see Andre Russell come on the screen and I'm a medium-pacer, I think, 'who are they talking to?'Andre Russell

Stat watch

In clubbing three sixes during a typically rapid innings, Gayle took his tally in the tournament to 40 maximums, moving clear of former South Africa batsman AB De Villiers. This World Cup is set to be the powerhouse opener’s one-day international farewell but the 39-year-old self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ proved he is still one to watch over the next few weeks.

Top shot

Close

Gayle struck six fours and three sixes at Trent Bridge (Tim Goode/PA)

Gayle struck six fours and three sixes at Trent Bridge (Tim Goode/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Gayle struck six fours and three sixes at Trent Bridge (Tim Goode/PA)

Gayle was rusty early on and only really got going in the fourth over with back-to-back sixes off the unfortunate Hasan Ali. The second was classic Gayle, who cleared his front leg and smashed the despairing Pakistan paceman back over his head.

Best ball

Close

Andre Russell bowled fast for West Indies (Tim Goode/PA)

Andre Russell bowled fast for West Indies (Tim Goode/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Andre Russell bowled fast for West Indies (Tim Goode/PA)

He may not get the headlines but Russell provided the bouncer blueprint that allowed Thomas and Windies captain Jason Holder to prosper with a spell of 3-1-4-2. Russell’s first 16 deliveries were all short-pitched and led to the dismissals of Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail. The wicket of dangerman Fakhar was particularly instrumental, the Pakistan opener missed a pull shot and the ball hit the grille of his helmet before ricocheting on to the stumps.

What’s next?

June 1: New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens.
June 1: Afghanistan v Australia at Bristol.

Table

Close

(PA Graphics)

(PA Graphics)

Press Association Images

(PA Graphics)

PA