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Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st T20I: West Indies overpowered by Pakistan

The West Indies were overpowered by Pakistan in the 1st T20I, at the National Stadium, Karachi today.

 

Match Summary

Pakistan 200/6 (20 ov)

West Indies 137/10 (18.6 ov)

Result - Pakistan won by 63 runs

Scorecard

 

 

 Match Analysis - Salim Parvez - West Indies in the firing line in Karachi

Pakistan’s 63-run win in the opening T20 match against West Indies at Karachi, perhaps sets the tone for the rest of the series. The tourists without a number of its senior players who were present in the recent T20 World Cup in UAE, now either, retired, injured or engaged in franchised cricket, failed to bring their best game, in a day-night fixture at the National Stadium.

Nicholas Pooran, leading the West Indies, won the toss and opted to field first. Akeal Hosein send back Babar Azam in the opening over. It allowed the pair of Mohammad Rizwan (78) and Haider Ali (68) to show their talent and they punished some ordinary bowling from the touring team. They both mange to pick-up from 44-2 off six overs in the powerplay and push the opposition to the ropes. Their 3rd wicket stand, worth 105 runs in 10.3 overs proved the most exciting phase of Pakistan innings. Rizwan hit 10 fours whereas Haider Ali just needed 39 balls for his knock and smashed 6 fours and 4 sixes.

Justifying his promotion to No.7, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz took three fours and a six off  Romario Shepherd in the 19th over. He remains an under-rated cricketer but rarely let the team down, whenever picked ahead of Imad Wasim. He only faced 10 balls for his unbeaten 30 – a perfect contribution in the death overs to lift Pakistan to two hundred mark.

Chasing Pakistan’s imposing total of 200-6, West Indies needed an extraordinary display against a strong bowling line-up, to have any chance of upsetting the odds. They were dismissed for 137 in 19 overs, having swung the bat merrily without much impact. Pakistan is close to having the most varied T20 bowling attack in the world and through that very feature they had taken care of the top half inside ten overs. 88-7 after 14 overs represented a lacklustre batting display that admittedly was due to being short on experience. Mohammad Wasim Jr. – the 20-year old paceman from North Wazirastan, picked up a career-best 4-40 and

Going forward, Pakistan ought to and can afford to rest the likes of skipper Babar, wicket-keeper Rizwan and perhaps Shaheen Afridi and thus opening opportunities for their bench players. The Player of the Match award went to Haider Ali, who reached his fifty with a six and easily is one of the most exciting batting talent to emerge from Pakistan, in recent years. The selectors should see him as a permanent No.4, behind Babar, Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Babar Azam - 0.4 ov), 2-35 (Fakhar Zaman - 4.5 ov), 3-140 (Mohammad Rizwan - 15.1 ov), 4-147 (Asif Ali - 16.3 ov), 5-161 (Iftikhar Ahmed - 17.4 ov), 6-191 (Haider Ali - 19.3 ov)

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Brandon King - 1.1 ov), 2-33 (Nicholas Pooran - 3.5 ov), 3-40 (Devon Thomas - 5.2 ov), 4-59 (Shai Hope - 9.1 ov), 5-60 (Shamarh Brooks - 9.4 ov), 6-79 (Dominic Drakes - 12.1 ov), 7-88 (Rovman Powell - 13.2 ov), 8-134 (Odean Smith - 17.6 ov), 9-134 (Romario Shepherd - 18.2 ov), 10-137 (Oshane Thomas - 18.6 ov)

Playing XIs

Pakistan - Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

West Indies - Nicholas Pooran(c), Shai Hope(wk), Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Dominic Drakes, Oshane Thomas, Devon Thomas

 

Match Details

Start Time: 13:00

Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to field

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Officials: Aleem Dar, Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob, Rashid Riaz, Muhammad Malik


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