Pakistan beat WI by 63 runs in first T20I

KARACHI: Pakistan have defeated West Indies in first T20 International by 63 runs at National Stadium in Karachi. Pakistan had set 201 runs target for West Indies.

Mohammad Wasim secured 4 wickets. Shadab Khan bagged 3 wickets, whereas, Shaheen Afridi, Muhammad Nawaz and Haris Rauf got one wicket each.

For West Indies, Shai Hope scored 31 runs, Odean Smith 24, Rovman Powell 23, Nicholas Pooran 21 and Romario Shepherd contributed 18 runs while remaining players could not reach double figures.

Earlier, Rizwan smashed a 52-ball 78 with 10 boundaries – his 12th half-century and 11th this year – while Haider scored a career-best 68 after the West Indies sent Pakistan in to bat at National Stadium.

Rizwan and Haider added 105 for the third wicket after skipper Babar Azam fell without scoring and Fakhar Zaman made just 10, with West Indian bowlers getting early success.

Haider cracked four sixes and six boundaries in his 39-ball knock.

West Indies, hit with three Covid-19 positive tests among their T20I players, brought in Shamarh Brooks and Devon Thomas from their one-day squad, giving Brooks a debut in the shortest format.

The remaining matches are on Tuesday (today) and Thursday, also in Karachi.