Gayle goes cheap as Pakistan put West Indies into bat
CHRISTCHURCH: The under-performing run by West Indies opener Chris Gayle continued Saturday when he was out for four after facing 14 deliveries against Pakistan in their World Cup Pool B match in Christchurch.
Gayle has built a reputation as a batsman who can smash apart the best bowling attacks in the world.
But it’s now been eight innings since his last half-century and 20 matches since the last of his 21 ODI centuries.
The West Indies, sent into bat, were 17 for one after six overs after Gayle was caught in the deep by Wahab Riaz off giant left-arm seamer Mohammad Irfan.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat first in their World Cup Pool B match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday.
Both sides are struggling for form and are desperate to get points on the board after losing their first found matches.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said he is banking on his bowlers striking early on a wicket that “looks a little slow and a little damp”.
Pakistan have strengthened their batting with the inclusion of Nasir Jamshed at the expense of Yashir Shah who proved expensive in their opening loss to India
West Indies have exchanged the pace of Kemar Roach with the spin of Sulieman Benn.
Both sides are former World Cup winners but came into this tournament with an unimpressive run of results.
Pakistan have lost 11 of their past 13 ODIs and West Indies seven of their past eight.
The West Indies have lost their last four World Cup games. They have never lost five in a row.
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Marlon Samuels, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russel, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.
Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Nigel Llong(ENG)
TV umpire: S. Ravi (IND)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Weather: Cloudy with possible showers. Maximum temperature 22 Celsius.