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ICC World Cup: West Indies are not pushovers, says Andre Russell

Christchurch: West Indies celebrated their first win of the 2015 World Cup, with all-rounder Andre Russell saying their rout of Pakistan on Saturday proved there was more to the team than Chris Gayle.

The West Indies thrashed Pakistan by 150 runs in Christchurch, with an unbeaten 42 in just 17 balls by man-of-the-match Russell taking them to 310-6 at Hagley Oval. They then rolled Pakistan for 160 in exactly 39 overs, with paceman Russell taking three for 33.


West Indies’ Andre Russell en route his unbeaten 13-ball 42 against Pakistan in Christchurch on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Pakistan’s run chase went off the rails right from the start when they lost four wickets in four balls, with Jerome Taylor at one stage having figures of three wickets for one run in two overs. Their collapse to one for four meant Pakistan recorded the worst start to an innings in the 3,608 match history of one-day internationals.

Not that Russell cared, saying victory had changed the mood in the West Indies camp after they became the latest Test nation to be turned over by Ireland first time out. “Everyone is laughing, happy,” Russell said.

“From the last game, things didn’t go well for us and we just turned up today and wanted to show the world that we are not just a pushover,” he added.

“It’s a very good feeling winning a game after losing to Ireland, in that manner.

“It just goes to show that the West Indies can dominate and we are here to compete.” Russell was one of several batsmen to make a positive contribution with Denesh Ramdin posting 51, Lendl Simmons 50 and Darren Bravo 49 before he retired hurt with a hamstring injury.

Bravo reprimanded
Meanwhile, Bravo has been reprimanded for using obscenity while batting, an ICC press release said. The West Indian was found guilty of breaching Level 1 Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International match”. Bravo admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee David Boon.

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