Windies must have gone into the world cup opener with a lot of pressure after their humiliating defeat to India in the warm up matches. Also the natural pressure of playing in their home country against the only other non-minnow in the group, cannot be denied. Given the circumstances, Lara’s men have risen, strongly enough, for the occasion.
The start was not very favorable for the Windies, but as they say, finishing touch matters a lot in ODIs. In form Chris Gayle returned early and the top order batsmen were sensible enough to avoid a collapse. Lara and Samuels steadied the ship and the much required cameo innings was played by Dwayne Smith. But for his quick fire 32, the target might just be over 200 for Pakistan and there was a possibility that the psychological advantage might have done the trick. Target of around 250 in West Indian pitches are competitive and we might see most of the tournament scores in this region.
Windies continued their good work with the ball. Yousuf and Inzamam played well. Shoaib Malik ended up being a lone warrior, with his well deserved 50 going out in vain. Thus it is a good steady start for the West Indies. They might very well have sealed a place for them in the next round. Hopefully!!