West Indies win toss, choose to field against Pakistan

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West Indies win toss, choose to field against Pakistan

NOTTINGHAM: West Indies won the toss and chose to field against Pakistan in the teams’ Cricket World Cup opening match on Friday at high-scoring Trent Bridge.
“We wanted to field first because of the moisture on the wicket and overcast conditions,” said Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, “It doesn’t matter; if we survive the first few overs then it will be a good pitch. Our batters are in good form.”
Pakistan head into the opening match having lost its last 10 completed one-day internationals. Although Pakistan have won seven of their last nine matchups against the West Indies, in World Cup history, the latter lead on head-to-head 7-3.
Babar Azam has struck hundreds in four of his six ODIs against the West Indies, and needs one more century to equal Brian Lara’s record for the most by a batsman in these matchups.
West Indies’ Chris Gayle has scored 50-plus in his last five ODIs.
Line-ups
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

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