World champs WI fall in 1st T20I
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – World Twenty20 champions West Indies failed to hold their nerve at crucial stages and Pakistan claimed a tense, two-wicket victory in the rain-affected first Twenty20 International on Saturday here.
Shannon Gabriel collected three wickets from his four overs, but he conceded 44 runs, including 10 in the penultimate over, as Pakistan successfully chased 153 for victory at the Arnos Vale Multiplex.
Gabriel removed Man-of-the-Match Shahid Afridi caught at long-on for 46 in his final over, leaving Pakistan to get six from the last six balls of the match.
Marlon Samuels was entrusted with the final over and Zulfiqar Babar, playing his first international ever for Pakistan at the age of 34, drove the first delivery inside-out over cover for four.
Samuels kept the Zulfiqar scoreless for the next tow deliveries, but a leg bye drew the Pakistanis level with two deliveries remaining with the weather threatening.
Drama unfolded when Lendl Simmons ran out Saeed Ajmal with a direct hit from mid-off, but Samuels delivered a low full-toss with the final ball of the match and Zulfiqar’s straight hit over the bowler’s head took Pakistan past their target.
Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series which ends on Sunday here.
Kieron Pollard had redeemed himself with 49 not out from 36 balls, as West Indies reached 152 for seven from their 20 overs during a rain-interrupted innings after deciding bat on a slow pitch.
Darren Sammy supported with 30, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo made 25 each to give West Indies a competitive total to defend.
Zulfiqar captured 3-23 from four overs and Mohammad Hafeez took 2-4 from two overs, as the Windies batsmen struggled against Pakistan’s spinners.
Gabriel got the early scalp of Nasir Jamshed for six in the first over and leg-spinner Samuel Badree removed Ahmed Shehzad for three in the second over, but Pakistan recovered and moved ahead of the scoring rate.
West Indies grabbed the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez for 13, Umar Akmal for 9 and Umar Amin for the top score of 47 to leave Pakistan needing 67 from 53 balls.
But they allowed things to slip, when Afridi came to the crease and anchored the second half of the innings to put Pakistan firmly on track for victory.
Earlier, West Indies ran into difficulty at 42 for four in the seventh over, but Pollard struck four fours and two sixes, sharing 56 with Bravo for the fifth wicket and 53 with Sammy for the sixth wicket to bail them out.
WEST INDIES (maximum 20 overs)
+J. Charles b *Mohammad Hafeez 1
C. Gayle lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 5
M. Samuels c and b Zulfiqar Babar 25
L. Simmons b Zulfiqar Babar 6
D.J. Bravo c Saeed Ajmal b Zulfiqar Babar 25
K. Pollard not out 49
*D. Sammy c Hamad Azam b Mohammad Irfan 30
S. Narine run out (Ahmed Shehzad/Mohammad Irfan) 0
Extras (b2, lb3, w6) 11
TOTAL (7 wkts) 152
S. Badree, T. Best, S. Gabriel did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (+Charles, 0.3 overs); 2-13 (Gayle, 2.5); 3-33 (Simmons, 4.4); 4-42 (Samuels, 6.2); 5-98 (D.J. Bravo, 15.5); 6-151 (*Sammy, 19.5); 7-152 (Narine, 19.6)
Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-4-2; Mohammad Irfan 3-0-39-1; Zulfiqar Babar 4-0-23-3; Saeed Ajmal 4-0-23-0 (w5); Shahid Afridi 4-0-24-0; Junaid Khan 3-0-34-0 (w1)
PAKISTAN (target: 153 off 20 overs)
Nasir Jamshed c Simmons b Gabriel 6
Ahmed Shehzad c Pollard b Badree 3
*Mohammad Hafeez c Gabriel b Narine
Umar Amin st Charles b Samuels 47
+Umar Akmal run out (*Sammy) 9
Hamad Azam c Pollard b Gabriel 10
Shahid Afridi c D.J. Bravo b Gabriel 46
Zulfiqar Babar not out 11
Saeed Ajmal run out (Simmons) 0
Junaid Khan not out 0
Extras (lb2, w9) 11
TOTAL (8 wkts) 152
Mohammad Irfan did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Nasir Jamshed, 0.4 overs); 2-10 (Ahmed Shehzad, 1.4); 3-45 (Mohammad Hafeez, 4.5); 4-77 (+Umar Akmal, 8.2); 5-86 (Umar Amin, 11.1); 6-116 (Hamad Azam, 14.6); 7-145 (Shahid Afridi, 18.2); 8-152 (Saeed Ajmal, 19.5)
Bowling: Gabriel 4-0-44-3 (w8); Badree 3-0-27-1; Narine 4-0-24-1; Best 4-0-24-0 (w1); Samuels 4-0-33-1; *Sammy 1-0-4-0
Result: Pakistan won by two wickets
Series: Pakistan lead two-match series 1-0
Toss: West Indies
Man-of-the-Match: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
Umpires: G. Brathwaite, P. Nero
TV umpire: J. Wilson
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: D. Butler