Nottingham - West Indies captain Jason Holder hailed the manner in which his side went for the jugular after their seven-wicket World Cup win over Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday.
The Windies' bowlers did not allow the Pakistan batting line-up to settle having put them in to bowl, taking wickets at regular intervals to restrict Mickey Arthur's side to just 105.
It was a definite ploy by the Caribbean side to pepper the Pakistanis with short-pitched bowling and it paid off handsomely. Oshane Thomas took 3-27, Holder 3-42 and Andre Russell 2-4. And Holder praised his side's bowlers for their 'killer instinct' and aggressive approach.
“I think the bowlers were outstanding today,” Holder told Test Match Special. “We kept our foot on the accelerator. We’ve eased off in the past but it was good to see the killer instinct today. We wanted to be aggressive. It’s the nature of our cricket with bat, ball and in the field.”
Of concern to the West Indies were injuries sustained by Russell and star batsman Chris Gayle, but Holder played down the seriousness of the knocks.
Gayle hit a quick-fire 50 as Holder's side romped to victory in just 13.4 overs, but appeared to be experiencing lower back pain after playing a hook shot that went to the boundary for four.
“He’s (Gayle) getting on, that’s it! Even when he was in pain he was firing. Credit to the way he played,” said the skipper.
“The beauty about this tournament is we have some time in between games. We’ve got five days so more than enough time to come back.”
Pakistan clash with hosts England on Monday while West Indies face Australia next Thursday.