Chasing West Indies' 310, Pakistani innings was reduced to 4-1 inside the fourth over.
New Delhi: Ahead of Saturday's first One-Day International between Pakistan and West Indies at Sharjah, let's revisit their 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Pool B match at Christchurch.
The match is remembered for Pakistan's top order collapse. Chasing West Indies' 310, Pakistani innings was reduced to 4-1 inside the fourth over. And it's still regarded as one of the worst ever start to an ODI innings.
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And not to forget the epic reaction from Pakistani fans, who carried a mock funeral of the team.
Opener Nasir Jamshed lasted only two balls, then Younis Khan walked back off the last ball of the opening over, bowled by Jerome Taylor. It two wickets, and one run.
A maiden over from Jason Holder tighten the screw, then Haris Sohail departed after facing six balls for no run off. The scoreboard read 3-1 in 2.6 overs. And all three wickets to Taylor.
Ahmed Shehzad, who had taken a single in the first over itself, returned to the hut playing 10 balls, and Pakistan were 4-1 in 3.1 overs. His was Holder's only wicket of the wicket.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq also failed to last long, perishing after scoring seven runs off 21 balls, leaving Pakistan tottering at 5-25 in 10.3 overs.
But Sohaib Maqsood (50 off 66 balls) and Umar Akmal (59 off 71 balls) briefly resisted the collapse but the sixth-wicket stand lasted only 15 overs, producing 80 runs.
Shahid Afridi, who made 28 off 26 balls, was the only other batsman to reach double figures. And the Pakistan innings finally folded at 160, in 39 overs, giving Windies a thumping 150-run victory.
After blanking Windies 3-0 in the Twenty20 International series, Pakistan will play three-match ODI series starting tomorrow, hoping to improve their chances of earning an automatic place in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan, the 1992 champions, need to win the series 3-0 to rise one place from ninth while their opponents -- champions in the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979 -- need to avoid a clean sweep to maintain their current eighth spot.
Hosts England and the seven highest-ranked sides in the one-day rankings on September 30 next year will qualify directly for the World Cup.