Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed Friday said he expected a hard World Cup opener against the West Indies but found solace in Mohammad Amir returning to wicket-taking ways. Pakistan were handed a seven-wicket thrashing by the West Indies after being bowled out for 105 in a dismal display of batting. It was Pakistan's 11th ODI loss in a row. 'First of all the start is very crucial here. You know, with the 10:30 start, as I told you before in the last press conference, the start is very crucial for our team.
That is why we wanted to bowl first. I think at the start we lost too many wickets. That's why we didn't come back into the game,' Sarfaraz said at the post-match press conference. Some of the batsmen were bounced out while the others fell to poor shot selection. Asked to comment on Pakistan's pathetic batting performance, the captain said: 'We expected a hard game but we knew we have what it takes to play and win. But we lost so many wickets up front when we were batting because of those couple of short balls.'