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Imad Wasim, Babar Azam wrap up convincing win for Pakistan

Imad Wasim (right) picked a five-wicket haul to dismantle West Indies batting line-up.
Imad Wasim (right) picked a five-wicket haul to dismantle West Indies batting line-up.
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Pakistan 116-1 (Azam 55no) beat
West Indies 115 (Bravo 55) by nine wickets
First Twenty20 International, Dubai

Imad Wasim took a five-wicket haul as Pakistan bowled West Indies out for 115 runs and chased it down in 14.2 overs, riding on Babar Azam’s unbeaten fifty to register a nine-wicket win in the first Twenty20 International in Dubai.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to field first. The West Indies top order collapsed early in the game as they were reduced to 22 for five in 4.3 overs with Wasim (5-14) picking up three of those scalps including two in the third over.

The procession of wickets continued at one end while Dwayne Bravo (55) kept the runs flowing from the other end.

At 48 for eight in 11.3 overs, West Indies looked completely lost but Bravo and Jerome Taylor (21) shared a 66-run stand for the ninth wicket.

West Indies were eventually bowled out for 115 runs in 19.5 overs with Bravo being the last man to fall. Only Bravo and Taylor crossed double figures for West Indies. Meanwhile, Wasim became the first Pakistan spinner to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is.

Sharjeel Khan (22) started the chase well with a brisk 18-ball 22 but was dismissed in the fourth over, castled by Samuel Badree (1-27).

Khalid Latif (34 not out) opted to play a patient knock while Azam (55 not out) scored at a good nick and kept the scoreboard ticking with a 36-ball fifty.

The pair remained unbeaten as Pakistan chased down the target in 14.2 overs, securing a comfortable nine wicket win and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.For his five-fer, Wasim was awarded as the man of the match.

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