Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan after scoring fifty© AFP
Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali struck fiery 1/2 centuries as Pakistan thumped West Indies through 63 runs within the first Twenty20 world in Karachi on Monday. Rizwan smashed a 52-ball 78 with 10 limitations — his twelfth half-century and eleventh this 12 months — whilst Haider scored a career-best 68 to steer the hosts to 200-6 of their 20 overs. The guests have been by no means in hunt of the objective as they have been dismantled through a awesome Pakistan bowling assault and folded at 137 in 19 overs.
Speedy bowler Mohammad Wasim took profession perfect 4-40 whilst spinner Shadab Khan grabbed 3-17. Opener Shai Hope top-scored with 31 however become one in all leg-spinner Shadab’s two wickets in the similar over, Shamarh Brooks being the opposite for 5. Odean Smith (24), Rovman Powell (23) and Romario Shepherd (21) additionally had just right contributions however by no means threatened Pakistan.
This turns into Pakistan’s thirteenth win in 19 Twenty20 internationals towards West Indies, taking a 1-0 lead within the three-match collection. Pakistan have been as soon as once more anchored through Rizwan who has a lovely 2021 in Twenty20 world cricket, having already crossed 1,000 runs within the calendar 12 months.
Rizwan and Haider added 105 for the 3rd wicket after skipper Babar Azam fell with out scoring and Fakhar Zaman made simply 10, with West Indian bowlers getting early luck.
It was once a unprecedented failure for Azam — ranked primary in T20I cricket — as he edged a pointy turning ball from spinner Akeal Hossein. Zaman peak edged Shepherd sooner than Rizwan and Haider rescued Pakistan.
Haider cracked 4 sixes and 6 limitations in his 39-ball knock. Mohammad Nawaz gave the overall touches to the innings with a brisk 10-ball 30 no longer out spices with two sixes and 3 limitations.
West Indies, hit with 3 Covid-19 sure exams amongst their T20I gamers, introduced in Brooks and Devon Thomas from their one-day squad, giving Brooks a debut within the shortest structure.
The rest suits are on Tuesday and Thursday, additionally in Karachi.
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