The Trent Bridge wicket has been something of a batmans paradise in recent years, but Holder had no hesitation in electing to bowl first having won the toss.
His faith was vindicated almost immediately as Pakistans batsman struggled to cope with a barrage of hostile fast bowling.
Inspirational leader Holder finished with three wickets, while World Cup debutant Oshane Thomas walked away with the man of the match award after posting impressive figures of 4-27.
Sheldon Cottrel and Andre Russell also contributed to a near faultless team display with the ball as Pakistan were dismissed for just 105 in 21.4 overs.
In response, Chris Gayle led the assault, bringing up his 76th ODI half century before attempting one slog too many, while Nicolas Pooran highlighted his potential with a breezy 34 from 19 balls, finishing the contest with a huge maximum in just the 13th over.
Oshane Thomas is a good, young quick, we know he can be expensive at times but hes a genuine wicket taker and thats a gamble worth taking with such high totals you need wickets in one-day cricket, said Holder afterwards.
Chris Gayle started us off tremendously and it eases the pressure in a chase like this. Ive seen a lot of teams mess up short chases but Chris imposed himself on it.
We wanted to start with a win, weve been anxiously waiting for this first game and its good to get through it.
Weve definitely come to win this World Cup but I just want us to enjoy our cricket, play fearless cricket and make the fans back home proud.
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