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West Indies took a thrashing in the first T20 match of their Pakistan tour as they lost the contest against the hosts by a whopping 143 runs. Pakistan and West Indies will lock horns in the 2nd T20 of the series at Karachi on 2nd April, wherein the visitors will try to draw level to keep their hopes alive. The Windies suffered the disadvantage of being jetlagged for the opener and would need to give their best shot here if they want to stun the hosts; Pakistan, on the other hand, has shown their prowess with bat and ball and could come out all guns blazing yet again to inch closer to a 3-0 whitewash.
Youngsters like Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat, who have done well in the PSL too, did well to build a solid foundation while batting first against the Windies. While Zaman scored 39 off 24, Talat top-scored with 41 off 37 to keep the scoreboard ticking. Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik pitched in with 38 and 37 runs respectively, and they took the total to a massive 203.
The bowlers then struck hard at the visitors and dismissed them all-out for just 60 runs on board. Speedster Mohammad Amir was impressive with 2-3 in the opening spell while spinner Mohammad Nawaz also claimed 2-19 to stifle the top-order. Spinners Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan took 3 wickets between them to wrap up the match while others like Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali and Hussain Talat contributed with a wicket each.
Pakistan is a solid unit with in-form batsmen and bowlers, who could yet again edge past the visitors to keep their winning momentum on home turf going.
F Zaman, Babar Azam, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali.
Bowlers like Samuel Badree, Keemo Paul, and Rayad Emrit put up a horrific performance as they gave away too many runs owing to their lines and lengths going haywire. Added to it was the poor fielding quality and the hosts were galloping away to 56-1 in the first six overs. Despite a wicket each by Keemo Paul, Emrit and Rovman Powell, they couldn’t contain the Pakistani batsmen from reaching the joint-highest T20 total of 203 runs.
Apart from Marlon Samuels and Chadwick Walton, nobody in the top-order managed to score a single run; players like Andre Fletcher, captain Jason Mohammed and experienced batsman Denesh Ramdin were duck-out in a humiliating way. Samuels top-scored with 18 runs and they were all-out for a meager 60 runs by the 14th over. The squad is weak without players like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo, who have done well recently in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Experienced players like Andre Fletcher, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels and Chadwick Walton must take up the task of building a good foundation if batting first or while chasing a target in the upcoming match. Spinner Samuel Badree and fast-bowlers Kesrick Williams and Rayad Emrit bring variety to the attack and could try to fire from all cylinders to contain the hosts here.
CAK Walton, ADS Fletcher , MN Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, RR Emrit, KOK Williams, Samuel Badree, Odean Smith.
While the dazed visitors suffered a horrible defeat in the opening game, they do have resources to bounce back in the upcoming match. Pakistan is upbeat with its massive win and with the home advantage, they are clear favorites to win again on Monday.
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