Pakistan beats Windies to consolidate T20I top spot

Pakistan beats Windies to consolidate T20I top spot

Karachi: Pakistan thrashed jet-lagged West Indies by 143 runs in their Twenty20 opener on Sunday to record the second-biggest margin win in T20I

Pakistan’s margin of victory is the second-biggest in T20s, behind Sri Lanka’s 172-run win over Kenya in Johannesburg in 2007.

Hussain Talat, who debuted today along with this Islamabad United teammate Asif Ali, fell short of a memorable fifty, getting run out after a 37-ball 41.He added 75 for the third wicket with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who scored a 22-ball 38

Opener Fakhar Zaman hit a 24-ball 39, while Shoaib Malik played a fiery knock of 37 not out, facing 14 deliveries and hitting two sixes and four boundaries.

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz and Shoaib Malik got two wickets each.

West Indies batting collapsed at 60 after a sure-footed 41 by debutant Hussain Talat. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin was out after a five-ball duck, off the first ball by Hasan Ali. Shoaib Malik ripped through the lower order, removing pacer Emrit 11 (20) and Williams 0 (1). Only Marlon Samuels (18), Rayad Emrit (11) and Keemo Paul (10) reached double figures.

Man-of-the-Match Hussain Talat, who took three catches in the field, took the last wicket to wrap up the match for Pakistan.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he was proud and excited to be leading his team on home soil, as international cricket returned to Karachi after a hiatus of nine years.

“It feels great to be playing on our home soil, in front of our home crowd,” the captain said at the toss, adding that the pitch looked good for batting.

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