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Pakistan scores 105, West Indies wins by 7 wickets

Pakistan scores 105, West Indies wins by 7 wickets

Pakistan´s Fakhar Zaman plays a shot during the 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match between West Indies and Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, central England, on May 31, 2019. But, the stars aligned for his return as Pakistan bowlers took a heavy beating from the English batsmen in the recent ODI series which paved the way for Amir's surprise return to the side despite being out-of-form of late.

Windies fast bowlers unleashed a hostile pace salvo to stun a shell-shocked Pakistan before Chris Gayle's 33-ball 50 inflicted further misery, as the Caribbean side made a winning start to their World Cup campaign with dominant seven-wicket win here this morning.

Many fans were savage as they went after Pakistan team for their display.

"At the end of the day, the Pakistan team is very risky".

At the end of 10 overs, Pakistan had put 45 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of three wickets.

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West Indies, who sneaked through last year's qualifying round to feature in this year's event, piled up 421 against New Zealand in a warm-up match on Tuesday. The team has all the makings of posting 400 repeatedly as they have the fire power of Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell in the middle order.

The likes of Imam-ul-Haq (1238 at 61.90), Fakhar Zaman (1092 at 54.60) and Babar Azam (950 at 52.77) have been in stunning form.

They added only another 30 runs for their final five wickets, largely thanks to some lusty blows from Wahab Riaz, one of only four Pakistan batsmen to reach double figures before being cleaned up by Thomas for 18 off 11 balls.

Pakistan have lost their last 10 completed one-day internationals, and are banking on the "unpredictable" card to finally break the losing streak in the team's opening World Cup fixture today.