BARBADOS: Shadab Khan produced an impressive debut efficiency as Pakistan accomplished a cushty six-wicket victory over the West Indies within the first fixture of a 4-match Twenty20 worldwide collection at Kensington Oval on Sunday.
Put in on a shiny, breezy afternoon, the world champion hosts have been restricted to 111 for eight off their allotted 20 overs with the vacationers knocking off the runs with virtually three overs to spare to increase their T20 profitable streak over their rivals to 4 following a three-zero sweep within the United Arab Emirates final September.
Shoaib Malik’s unbeaten 38 and a forty six-run fourth-wicket partnership with Babar Azam ensured Pakistan reached their goal with relative consolation though they are going to be once more involved concerning the prime order’s incapability to take management of a modest problem.
Introduced on because the fifth bowler when the West Indies batted in what seemed like ideally suited circumstances, 18-yr-previous 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 by a debutant in an entire 4-over spell.
“I gained loads of confidence from my efficiency on this yr’s Pakistan Tremendous League,” stated man of the match Shadab.
“I simply hope I can proceed from this good begin and make extra necessary contributions for Pakistan.”
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.
“It’s again to the drafting board once more for us as a result of it’s as much as these similar gamers to take a look at themselves within the mirror and truthfully assess what’s going improper,” stated Brathwaite.
“No less than I used to be capable of get some runs which took a number of the strain off me personally.”
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 various 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 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.
In contrast to the spectacular displaying by Pakistan’s newcomer, Rovman Powell did not make any influence on his T20 worldwide debut for the West Indies.
An all-rounder within the mould of fellow-Jamaican Andre Russell, who’s now serving a one-yr suspension from the sport, Powell was trapped leg-earlier than by medium-pacer Hasan Ali within the midst of the batting slide that successfully killed off any probability of the house aspect being aggressive.
“There isn’t any letting up from right here,” was Sarfraz Ahmed’s definitive assertion after the win that makes him simply the third captain to begin his tenure on the helm in T20 internationals with 5 consecutive wins after compatriot Misbah-ul-Haq and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara.
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