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Thomas, Gayle lead West Indies World Cup rout of Pakistan

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NOTTINGHAM, May 31: West Indies crushed Pakistan by seven wickets in a one-sided World Cup match at Trent Bridge on Friday, with the two-time champions showing they are a resurgent force in the one-day game.

Fast bowler Oshane Thomas took four wickets as Pakistan were bundled out for their second-lowest World Cup total of 105 in just 21.4 overs on the second day of the competition in England and Wales.

West Indies cruised to victory in just 13.4 overs, Chris Gayle top-scoring with 50. He reached his half-century off 33 balls with three sixes and six fours before he was dismissed off the next ball he faced.

During his innings Gayle, who calls himself the �Universe Boss�, broke the record for the most sixes hit in World Cup history. He now has 40 maximums, three more than retired South African batsman A B de Villiers.

Nicolas Pooran smashed paceman Wahab Riaz for a huge six over the square-leg boundary to give the 1975 and 1979 world champions an ideal start to their campaign. �It was a good game. I think the bowlers were outstanding today,� said Holder.

�We kept our foot on the accelerator. We�ve eased off in the past but it was good to see the killer instinct today.

�We wanted to be aggressive. It�s the nature of our cricket with bat, ball and in the field.

�We�ve definitely come to win this World Cup but I just want us to enjoy our cricket, play fearless cricket and make the fans back home proud.�

SCORECARD

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq c Hope b Cottrell 2, Fakhar Zaman b Russell 22, Babar Azam c Hope b Thomas 22, Haris Sohail c Hope b Russell 8, Sarfaraz Ahmed c Hope b Holder 8, Mohammad Hafeez c Cottrell b Thomas 16, Imad Wasim c Gayle b Holder 1, Shadab Khan lbw b Thomas 0, Hasan Ali c Cottrell b Holder 1, Wahab Riaz b Thomas 18, Mohammad Amir not out 3. Extras: (nb2, w2) 4. Total: (All out in 21.4 overs) 105. Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-35, 3-45, 4-62, 5-75, 6-77, 7-78, 8-81, 9-83, 10-105. Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-18-1, Holder 5-0-42-3, Russell 3-1-4-2, Brathwaite 4-0-14-0, Thomas 5.4-0-27-4.

West Indies: Chris Gayle c Shadab b Amir 50, Shai Hope c Hafeez b Amir 11, Darren Bravo c Babar b Amir 0, Nicholas Pooran not out 34, Shemron Hetmyer not out 7; Extras: (lb-3, w-3) 6. Total: (for 3 wickets in 13.4 overs) 108. Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-36, 3-77. Bowling: Amir 6-0-26-3, Ali 4-0-39-0, Riaz 3.4-1-40-0. � AFP

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Thomas, Gayle lead West Indies World Cup rout of Pakistan

NOTTINGHAM, May 31: West Indies crushed Pakistan by seven wickets in a one-sided World Cup match at Trent Bridge on Friday, with the two-time champions showing they are a resurgent force in the one-day game.

Fast bowler Oshane Thomas took four wickets as Pakistan were bundled out for their second-lowest World Cup total of 105 in just 21.4 overs on the second day of the competition in England and Wales.

West Indies cruised to victory in just 13.4 overs, Chris Gayle top-scoring with 50. He reached his half-century off 33 balls with three sixes and six fours before he was dismissed off the next ball he faced.

During his innings Gayle, who calls himself the �Universe Boss�, broke the record for the most sixes hit in World Cup history. He now has 40 maximums, three more than retired South African batsman A B de Villiers.

Nicolas Pooran smashed paceman Wahab Riaz for a huge six over the square-leg boundary to give the 1975 and 1979 world champions an ideal start to their campaign. �It was a good game. I think the bowlers were outstanding today,� said Holder.

�We kept our foot on the accelerator. We�ve eased off in the past but it was good to see the killer instinct today.

�We wanted to be aggressive. It�s the nature of our cricket with bat, ball and in the field.

�We�ve definitely come to win this World Cup but I just want us to enjoy our cricket, play fearless cricket and make the fans back home proud.�

SCORECARD

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq c Hope b Cottrell 2, Fakhar Zaman b Russell 22, Babar Azam c Hope b Thomas 22, Haris Sohail c Hope b Russell 8, Sarfaraz Ahmed c Hope b Holder 8, Mohammad Hafeez c Cottrell b Thomas 16, Imad Wasim c Gayle b Holder 1, Shadab Khan lbw b Thomas 0, Hasan Ali c Cottrell b Holder 1, Wahab Riaz b Thomas 18, Mohammad Amir not out 3. Extras: (nb2, w2) 4. Total: (All out in 21.4 overs) 105. Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-35, 3-45, 4-62, 5-75, 6-77, 7-78, 8-81, 9-83, 10-105. Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-18-1, Holder 5-0-42-3, Russell 3-1-4-2, Brathwaite 4-0-14-0, Thomas 5.4-0-27-4.

West Indies: Chris Gayle c Shadab b Amir 50, Shai Hope c Hafeez b Amir 11, Darren Bravo c Babar b Amir 0, Nicholas Pooran not out 34, Shemron Hetmyer not out 7; Extras: (lb-3, w-3) 6. Total: (for 3 wickets in 13.4 overs) 108. Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-36, 3-77. Bowling: Amir 6-0-26-3, Ali 4-0-39-0, Riaz 3.4-1-40-0. � AFP

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