Imad Wasim’s five-for helps Pakistan cruise to a nine wicket win over West Indies

The first T20 game of the series was played between Pakistan and West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The contest turned out to be a one sided affair as hosts Pakistan cruised to a nine wicket after Imad Wasim five wickets at the start setup the victory over West Indies.

A target of 116 runs put up by West Indies helped the hosts as openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif started off well in their innings before leg spinner Samuel Badree cleaned up left handed Sharjeel to see the Pakistan lose their first wicket. Babar Azam came to the crease and played with fluency to compile a well-earned half century while Khalid Latif supported him at the other end. Babar scored unbeaten 55 runs off 37 balls in the game.He hit six fours and two sixes in his innings. The duo took the side home to a win the game by nine wickets in the 14th over of the innings.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first due to dew factor playing a significant part later in the game. West Indies could not read the conditions well as they came into game on the back of a run feast t20  against India on a placid pitch at Lauderhill. The batsmen went after the spinners from the word go but failed to make an impact as left arm spinner Imad Wasim took three wickets  at the start to see West Indies reeling at 4 for 17 after 4 overs. The debutant Nicolas Pooran also fell for low score to seamer Hasan Ali.Dwayne Bravo played lone hand in the innings and making the side end with a total over 100 runs. He played well for his 55 runs off 54 balls to help his side post 116 runs after 20 overs. Imad Wasim was best of the bowlers for Pakistan as he picked 5 wickets for just 14 runs from his four overs.

The win gives Pakistan 1-0 lead in the three match series with next game to be played at Dubai on 24th September.

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