Shadab Khan produced an impressive debut efficiency as Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets within the first fixture of a 4-match T20 worldwide collection at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday.
Introduced on because the fifth bowler after the hosts have been put in on a brilliant, breezy afternoon, Shadab’s mesmerising combination of leg-breaks and googlies earned him figures of three for seven, probably the most economical ever within the historical past of T20 worldwide cricket in an entire 4-over spell.
World champions West Indies solely managed to get into three figures because of an unbeaten 34 from captain Carlos Brathwaite.
He dominated a 37-run eighth-wicket partnership with fellow-Barbadian Jason Holder, who was dismissed off the final supply of the innings.
Shadab eliminated opening batsman and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and harmful center-order strokeplayer Lendl Simmons in his first over earlier than including the scalp of Sunil Narine in his second.
Kamran Akmal, again within the nationwide T20 aspect after an absence of three years, disadvantaged the newcomer a fourth wicket when he failed to carry on to a diving catch at backward level provided by Kieron Pollard.
For all of the struggles they confronted towards Pakistan’s gifted and diversified bowling assault, the house aspect’s troubles began when Evin Lewis was run out within the third over of the match by Ahmed Shehzad’s direct hit from forty metres out because the batsman tried to finish a second run.
Marlon Samuels, man of the match in two World T20 finals, was unlucky to be adjudged leg-earlier than to Pakistan’s different sluggish bowler, Imad Wasim.
Thereafter it was a mixture of impatience and poor shot choice which the guests capitalised upon to take the benefit on the midway level of the match.
Rovman Powell, like Shadab making his T20 Worldwide debut, did not have an instantaneous influence with the bat as he fell to quick-medium bowler Hasan Ali.
Pakistan reached their goal off the primary ball of the 18th over with Shoaib Malik hitting an undefeated 38 with Babar Azam and Kamran Akmal scoring 29 and 22 runs respectively, serving to Pakistan take a 1-zero lead into the collection.
Shadab Khan was named man of the match for his stellar debut efficiency.
Earlier, the captain of Pakistan’s restricted overs workforce, Sarfraz Ahmed, stated he was assured the nationwide cricket group will outperform its host within the T20 collection, ESPNcricinfo reported.
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The 4-match T20 collection began in Barbados on Sunday and can proceed in Trinidad and Tobago on March 30, April 1 and a couple of. The restricted-overs’ captain stated he was “optimistic” concerning the shake-up within the group that may play the 4-match collection within the Caribbean.
Sarfraz stated that it was an “benefit” for the gamers as they’re properly-ready, given they only completed enjoying the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL).
“PSL is a bonus because the boys are coming via enjoying T20 cricket. Many gamers who carried out have been rewarded. I feel it is a good signal that PSL is occurring and gamers who’re performing in home are being chosen,” the skipper added.
“[Legspinner] Shadab [Khan] did properly, so did [left-arm pacer] Usman [Khan], so it is good to have prime performers reminiscent of these boys coming by means of; this occasion helps us unearth expertise,” the one-day captain stated.
When requested concerning the change on the prime order with Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif charged with corruption allegations, Sarfraz stated, “Morale of our staff is excellent and boys are working exhausting.”
Cricketers Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad might be changing the 2 huge names within the collection.
“We’re all impressed with Kamran’s efficiency,” Sarfraz stated. “The best way he had been scoring runs constantly during the last two years is excellent. Together with his current type within the PSL, I’m optimistic that he can carry his type right here and contribute and win it for Pakistan.”
Sarfraz hoped the shake-up of gamers on the T20 leagues will function a bonus for Pakistan.
“4 to 5 senior gamers have been enjoying their league [the Caribbean Premier League] within the West Indies and this is a bonus. It is a good factor for us that these boys can simply regulate in these circumstances,” he stated.
“It is an essential collection and the primary match will set a tone for the collection.”
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