Pakistan register a 143-run win to go 1-0 up in three-match series
An all-rounder performance was enough to see Pakistan thrash West Indies in the first T20I by 143-run to go 1-0 up in three-match series in Karachi on Sunday.On a historic day which marked the return of international cricket in the country’s largest city, it was West Indies captain who won the toss and opted to bowl first.
His decision, however, backfired completely as the home side posted a mammoth total of 203 for the loss of five wickets in their allotted 20 overs.Debutante Hussain Talat finished the innings with the top score of 41 off 37 with the help of two fours and one six.
He was well supported by opener Fakhar Zaman (39 off 24 with the help of six fours and one six), skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (38 off 22 with the help of four fours and one six) and veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik (37 not out off 14 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes).
For West Indies, young right-arm pacer Keemo Paul was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed a wicket and gave away just 26 runs in his four overs.Chasing 204 for an inexperienced West Indies batting lineup was never going to be easy, and so it proved to be as the visitors were bowled out for just 60 inside the 14 overs.
Experienced Marlon Samuels (18 off 19 with the help of three fours), Rayad Emrit (11 off 20 with the help of a six) and Paul (10 not out off 13 balls with the help of a four) were the only three players who managed to get into double figures.For the Men in Green, left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and off-spinner Malik claimed two wickets each.For his 41 runs, three catches and a wicket, Talat was named the player of the match.