Shadab Khan makes dream debut as Pakistan seal comfortable six-wicket win

Shadab Khan (right) registered figures of seven for three on his debut
Shadab Khan (right) registered figures of seven for three on his debut
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Pakistan 115-4 (Malik 38no) beat
West Indies 111-8 (Shadab 3-7) by six wickets
First Twenty20 International in Barbados
Scorecard

Shadab Khan makes a dream debut where he picked three wickets and conceded just seven runs as Pakistan restricted West Indies to 111 for eight and chased down the target in 17.1 overs with six wickets in hand to win the first Twenty20 International in Barbados and go 1-0 up in the series.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to field first with Shadab making his debut while Rovman Powell played his first T20I game for West Indies.

Evin Lewis (10) hit Mohammad Hafeez (0-8) for a six in the second over to inject some momentum but was run out an over later after a brilliant direct hit from the deep from Ahmed Shehzad.

With Marlon Samuels (7) struggling to score, West Indies ended the powerplay at 34 for one. Shadab (3-7) was introduced in the eighth over and he immediately created an impact as he trapped Chadwick Walton (18) LBW while Lendl Simmons (1) was castled. The wickets came after Imad Wasim (1-12) had Samuels dismissed.

In his next over, Shadab also had Narine holed out to long on as at the halfway mark, West Indies were 44 for five. With runs finding tough to come, West Indies were reeling at 74 for seven following which a handy knock from Carlos Brathwaite (34 not out) ensured the home side reached 111 for eight in the 20 overs.

Chasing under six an over, Kamran Akmal (22) and Shehzad gave a solid start of 25 runs but West Indies made a brief comeback having the visitors down to 49 for three. Jason Holder (2-27) picked Shehzad while Samuel Badree (1-24) and Brathwaite (1-18) accounted for the wickets of Akmal and Hafeez (5) respectively.

A handy 46 run stand between Babar Azam (29) and Shoaib Malik (35 not out) put them on course of a win. Even though, Holder managed to remove Azam in the 15th over, Malik ensured there were no further hiccups as they completed the target in 17.1 overs.

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