Pak­istan hum­ble West In­dies in Dubai

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STETHS star Jovoney Brown has scored five goals since the start of the sea­son. LEFT: Munro Col­lege’s Rasc­hand Buchanan.

TO­DAY’S MATCHES

McGrath vs. Guys Hill Green Pond vs. An­chovy Mal­don vs. Ir­win St. James vs. Corn­wall Col­lege Rusea’s vs. Knock­alva Cedric Ti­tus vs. Muschett Wil­liam Knibb vs. Her­bert Mor­ri­son Maud McLeod vs. Peters­field God­frey Ste­wart vs. Grange Hill Newell vs. La­covia STETHS vs. Munro Manch­ester vs. Mile Gully BB Coke vs. DeCarteret York Cas­tle vs. Browns Town A Gal­limore vs. Ocho Rios Steer Town vs. Mar­cus Gar­vey Ewarton vs. Dinthill Fair Prospect vs. Port An­to­nio Gar­vey Maceo vs. Den­bigh Glen­miur vs. Win­ston Jones Vere vs. Bus­ta­mante Kemps Hill vs. Tacius Gold­ing Cen­tral High vs. Old Har­bour Paul Bogle vs. Mo­rant Bay Robert Light­bourne vs. St Thomas Tech Seaforth vs. Yal­lahs Titch­field vs. Happy Grove DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates, (CMC): REIGN­ING WORLD cham­pi­ons West In­dies were hum­bled by Pak­istan in the open­ing Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional here yes­ter­day, af­ter vir­tu­ally con­demn­ing them­selves with a fee­ble bat­ting ef­fort at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium.

Sent in, they re­cov­ered from a shock­ing po­si­tion of 48 for eight in the 12th over to stum­ble to 115 all out with a ball re­main­ing in the in­nings, and Pak­istan wasted lit­tle time in cruis­ing to their tar­get in the 15th over, to com­plete an un­com­pli­cated nine-wicket vic­tory and take a valu­able 1-0 lead in the three-match se­ries.

Vet­eran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was the only one to emerge from the en­counter with any sem­blance of pride, strik­ing a top score of 55 from 54 balls un­der pres­sure.

SPIN­NER DE­STROYS WI

The dam­age was done by left-arm spin­ner Imad Wasim, who ripped through the in­nings with a Man-of-the-Match spell of five for 14 from his four overs.

In re­ply, Pak­istan never looked in dan­ger of botch­ing their run chase and Babar Azam made sure of this with a flu­ent un­beaten 55 off 37 de­liv­er­ies.

In only his sec­ond T20 In­ter­na­tional, the right-han­der smashed six fours and two sixes and posted a match-win­ning, un­bro­ken 88-run, sec­ond wicket stand with opener Khalid Latif made a pa­tient 34 not out from 32 balls.

With the sec­ond T20 In­ter­na­tional sched­uled for to­day at the same venue, West In­dies were left with sev­eral prob­lems to solve in a short space of time.

With­out the ex­pe­ri­ence of axed cap­tain Dar­ren Sammy and the un­avail­able Chris Gayle and An­dré Rus­sell, West In­dies stum­bled and stut­tered from the out­set.

Imad be­came the first Pak­istani spin­ner to take a fivewicket haul in T20s.

When Su­nil Narine (1) failed to beat Latif’s di­rect hit from mid-off on a badly judged quick sin­gle, West In­dies were in a deep hole but Bravo bailed them out with a qual­ity knock which in­cluded four fours and two sixes.

He started slowly with his first 18 runs re­quir­ing 32 balls but ac­cel­er­ated to reach his fourth T20I half-cen­tury off 50 balls. He took 13 runs from the 15th over bowled by Tan­vir and com­bined with Ty­lor to gar­ner 19 from the fol­low­ing over from seamer Hasan Ali – the most ex­pen­sive over of the in­nings.

Bravo raised his half-cen­tury in the 19th over by clear­ing the ropes at cover with left-arm pacer Wa­hab Riaz but per­ished in the deep off the penul­ti­mate de­liv­ery of the in­nings, with West In­dies des­per­ately chas­ing runs.

The Windies then needed an early break­through to re­main in the game but none came, as Shar­jeel Khan ham­mered three fours and a six in a 17-ball 22, to dom­i­nate an open­ing stand of 28 with Latif. And even when he bowled by leg-spin­ner Sa­muel Badree in the fourth over, Latif and Babar kept Pak­istan on course with pos­i­tive stroke-play.

BRAVO

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