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1st T20I, Bridgetown, Mar 26 2017, Pakistan tour of West Indies
(17.1/20 ov, target 112)115/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Debutant Shadab's guile floors West Indies

Eighteen-year old debutant legspinner Shadab Khan took 3 for 7 as Pakistan hardly broke sweat in beating West Indies by six wickets in the first T20I

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Comms: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
West Indies111/8(20 overs)
Pakistan115/4(17.1 overs)
Babar Azam29 (30)

4pm Shadab becomes only the second Pakistan player, after Afridi, to win the Man-of-the-match award on T20I debut. Danyal Rasool's report, which will be updated shortly, will tell you the full story of the day. What a weekend for wristspinners. Kuldeep Yadav let it rip on Saturday. Shadab let it rip today. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. The series now moves to Trinidad. Do come back for the second T20I on Thursday. This is Deivarayan Muthu and Shashank Kishore heading off to roll our wrists over.

3.50pm Presentations

Brathwaite: He [Shadab] bowled plenty of googlies, wicket to wicket, and it was tough to come back from there. We got to 111, but it obviously was not enough. We will have to go back to the drawing board. We will have to find ways to counter spin. There was a little pressure off my shoulder [making 34*], but I would like my team to win.

Shadab, Man of the Match on debut. Pakistan's manager will act as the interpreter. "It is a dream debut," he says. "I hope I will play and perform as well as I did today for Pakistan. The wicket had sometime for spin and the PSL experience helped."

Sarfraz: I think credit goes to the bowlers. Young Shadab bowled really well. Mentally we are tough, and we hope to keep doing well. I said to Shadab 'just bowl like you did at the PSL.'

3.40pm So, Pakistan secure a 1-0 lead and set the early pace in the long Caribbean tour. The day belonged to 18-year-old Shadab Khan who befuddled West Indies with his variations. His 4-0-7-3 is the most economical figures on debut in T20Is (minimum two overs). He struck with his second ball, pinning Walton in front with a perfectly-pitched wrong'un. In the same over, he had Simmons dragging on a sweep with a legbreak. In his next over, Shadab dismissed Narine with a wrong'un as well. His wrong'uns were pretty difficult to pick at the PSL too. Shadab could have had four wickets had Kamran Akmal, returning to international cricket after nearly three years, hung onto a catch at backward point. Carlos Brathwaite then rallied the lower order with an unbeaten 34. But it wasn't quite like that 34 - including 6,6,6,6 - in the World T20 final in Kolkata last year.

Kamran and Shehzad, also making a comeback, fell early in the chase, but Babar and Malik put their team back on track by simply wedging the ball into the gaps. That is all you need when you're chasing 112. Though Babar was dismissed for 29, Malik and Sarfraz finished it off for Pakistan. I will bring you the presentations shortly.

Imran: "Sarfraz's domination continues with this win"

Osama Ishtiaq M: "Hafeez's lean patch continues. Think Zaman should get a go in place of the under-performing Hafeez."

17.1
4
Holder to Malik, FOUR runs

overpitched and outside off, Malik stretches forward, creams a drive through the covers and seals a six-wicket win for Pakistan. Their form guide in their last five T20Is: W W W W W under Sarfraz

end of over 1711 runs
PAK: 111/4CRR: 6.52 RRR: 0.33
Shoaib Malik34 (28)
Sarfaraz Ahmed4 (3)
Carlos Brathwaite 3-0-18-1
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-0

The scores are level

16.6
1
Brathwaite to Malik, 1 run

length and outside off, punchily driven to mid-off on the front foot

16.5
Brathwaite to Malik, no run

short and outside, possibly a slower one, beats the pull

16.4
2
Brathwaite to Malik, 2 runs

really full on leg stump, flicked to long leg

16.3
6
Brathwaite to Malik, SIX runs

back of a length and outside off, Malik sizes it up and clobbers it across the line. Puts it into the second tier beyond midwicket

Daniyal: "I don't get the criticism of Babar Azam. Yes, he had some ordinary strike-rates during the PSL but they weren't easy pitches and he had an out of sorts Gayle batting at the other end. In my opinion, he coped with it tremendously well."

16.2
1
Brathwaite to Sarfaraz, 1 run

very full on off, push-driven to mid-on, where Holder fumbles and helps Pakistan's cause

16.1
1
Brathwaite to Malik, 1 run

short on off, hops up and clips to mid-on

end of over 165 runs
PAK: 100/4CRR: 6.25 RRR: 3.00
Shoaib Malik24 (23)
Sarfaraz Ahmed3 (2)
Sunil Narine 4-0-22-0
Jason Holder 3-0-23-2
15.6
1
Narine to Malik, 1 run

short offbreak, allows Malik to move back and work the ball to midwicket

15.5
Narine to Malik, no run

length-ball offbreak on off, defended back to him on the back foot

15.4
1
Narine to Sarfaraz, 1 run

full on the stumps, driven down to long-on

saad: "Azam's average nose dives from 145 to 72.5."

15.3
2
Narine to Sarfaraz, 2 runs

late-cut away to third man

15.2
1
Narine to Malik, 1 run

full and outside off, driven down to long-on

15.1
Narine to Malik, no run

Narine throws this one up outside off, the batsman gets forward, meets the pitch and drives to cover

Pakistan in control, however. They need 17 off 30 balls. Sarfraz, the captain, walks out

end of over 159 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 95/4CRR: 6.33 RRR: 3.40
Shoaib Malik22 (19)
Jason Holder 3-0-23-2
Kieron Pollard 1-0-10-0
14.6
W
Holder to Babar Azam, OUT

slashed into the hands of short third man. Unlikely line, unlikely dismissal with both fine leg and third man in. But Azam hits it into the lap of Rovman. Very full and wide outside off, Babar throws his bat at the ball and skews it

Babar Azam c Powell b Holder 29 (30b 3x4 0x6) SR: 96.66
14.5
1
Holder to Malik, 1 run

full and outside off, opens the face and square-drives wristily

14.4
1
Holder to Babar Azam, 1 run

length and outside off, steered to deep backward point

Third man and fine leg up

14.3
2
Holder to Babar Azam, 2 runs

short and outside off, uses his wrists and swats it into the vacant spaces at midwicket. They hustle back for the second

14.2
4
Holder to Babar Azam, FOUR runs

shuffles across off, gets inside the line of a back of a length ball. Picks it up and pulls it beautifully over short fine leg

14.1
1
Holder to Malik, 1 run

short and homing in on the chest, hops and fends it square on leg

end of over 1410 runs
PAK: 86/3CRR: 6.14 RRR: 4.33
Shoaib Malik20 (17)
Babar Azam22 (26)
Kieron Pollard 1-0-10-0
Kesrick Williams 2-0-14-0
13.6
1
Pollard to Malik, 1 run

hip-high short ball outside off, Malik swivels on the back foot and swats it away to deep midwicket

MOEEN ABBASI: "karachi kings vs karachi kings"

Best performances - batters
Shoaib Malik portrait
Shoaib Malik PAK
38 runs (29)
3 fours
1 six
Control90%
Productive shot
flick
9 runs
0 four
0 six
224410286
Carlos Brathwaite portrait
CR Brathwaite WI
34 runs (27)
2 fours
2 sixes
Control64%
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
0 four
2 sixes
241060912
Best performances - bowlers
Shadab Khan portrait
Shadab Khan PAK
O
4
M
0
R
7
W
3
ECO
1.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Jason Holder
JO Holder WI
O
3.1
M
0
R
27
W
2
ECO
8.52
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of West Indies
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan
Series resultPakistan led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 602
Hours of play (local time)12.30 start, First Session 12.30-13.55, Interval 13.55-15.05, Second Session 15.05-16.40
Match days26 March 2017 - day (20-over match)
T20I debut
Rovman Powell
Rovman Powell
Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan
Umpires
West Indies Image
Gregory Brathwaite
West Indies Image
Joel Wilson
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Nigel Duguid
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Leslie Reifer
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe