Today on 31st May 2019, Pakistan cricket was at its worst in Cricket World Cup history. The biggest defeat ever with 218 balls left for West Indies and they accumulated the target in just 13.4 overs. This was their biggest defeat in World Cup history and the most shameful one as well.
This is the largest margin of defeat for Pakistan in terms of balls remaining ih their first match of the Cricket World Cup 2019. In fact, in ODI cricket, they have agonized only one larger defeat, which also came against West Indies, in n 1993.
Today, it was the second lowest total of Pakistan in the history of the Cricket World Cup. Greens lowest was 74 against England in 1992 World Cup. However, it shall be noted that Pakistan shook that off and went on to lift the trophy in 1992, despite getting bowled out for 74 once and losing by 10 wickets in their first match against West Indies. But the Pakistan team in 1992 was a bunch of heroes unlike the present Pakistan cricket team.
Unfortunately, today Pakistan were clueless against the short stuff that West Indies’ dished out at Trent Bridge, though in 1992 it was the rainy conditions which lead to a 92 runs debacle.
7 Wickets lost by Pakistan batsmen to short or short-of-a-good length deliveries. They scored 55 off 68 such balls. Of the 130 balls bowled by the West Indies bowlers, 68 were short or short-of-a-good length, which is 52% of the total balls delivered. Jason Holder took 3 wickets, Andre Russell took 2, Sheldon Cottrell took 1 and Oshane Thomas picked up 1 out of seven wickets with such deliveries. Thomas picked three more wickets by hitting other lengths.
This I also a part of the history now that Pakistan Cricket Team has faced 11 consecutive defeats for Pakistan in completed ODIs. They lost four ODIs to England, five to Australia and one to South Africa before heading into the World Cup. This is their lengthiest losing band in ODIs. The former worst was ten straight losses in a row between October 1987 and March 1988.
All we can say and hope is the best for the team green in future but hopes are not good as this team is not at all like the heroes of 1992.