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WI crash in first T20I


WI crash in first T20I
West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran is bowled during the first Twenty20 International against Pakistan yesterday in Karachi. (GP)

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Karachi – A listless effort condemned West Indies to a fifth defeat in their last six Twenty20 Internationals, as Pakistan rode half-centuries from Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali, and purposeful bowling, to a 63-run win in the first T20I yesterday, and a 1-0 lead in their three-match series.

The Windies made a bright start to the contest at the National Stadium when they removed marquee batsman and Pakistan captain Babar Azam without scoring off the fourth ball.

They, however, failed to contain Rizwan, whose 78 off 52 balls was his 11th T20I half-century for the year, and Haider Ali, whose 68 from 39 balls was a career-best, and Pakistan galloped to an imposing 200 for six off their 20 overs after they were sent in to bat.

Pacer Romario Shepherd grabbed 2-43 from his allotted four overs in his first T20I in five months, but apart from left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein with 1-19 from his four overs, the remaining bowlers all leaked runs. (CMC)


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