DUBAI: Pakistan beat West indies in first T20 match with nine wickets in hand in 34 balls remaining.
Pakistan got a steady start as Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif took on the Indies. Pakistan first and only wicket fall on 28 runs when Sharjeel Khan was bowled by S. Badree.
After the fall of Khan’s wicket, youngster Babar Azam and Latif cursed Pakistan to comprehensive victory with 34 balls remaining.
Imad Wasim was name man of the match for his five wickets.
Dwayne Bravo hit a gritty half-century in a world record ninth wicket stand to lift West Indies to 115 in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.
Bravo scored a 54-ball 55 for his fourth half-century and added 66 with Jerome Taylor (21) to lift world champions from a precarious 48-8 in 11.3 overs before being bowled off the penultimate ball.
Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim had grabbed a career best 5-14 in his four destructive overs — third best figures for Pakistan in all Twenty20 cricket — after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl on a slow turner at Dubai stadium.
Bravo smashed paceman Wahab Riaz for a six to reach his half-century and led the recovery from a poor start which saw the West Indies struggling at 46-5 in the first ten overs.
Paceman Sohail Tanvir took 2-26.
The second match will also be played in Dubai on Saturday while the third is in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. -AFP
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Aamer, Hasan Ali, Umar Akmal, Rumman Raees, Saad Nasim
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles (wk), Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton