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The West Indies suffered a six-wicket defeat against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval yesterday. The West Indies, sent in to bat, were restricted to 111 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs.
Carlos Brathwaite, the captain, hit an unbeaten 34 from 27 balls to lead the way, after the Windies were wobbling on 49 for six and was the only batsman to reach 20. The home team’s batting was undone by debutant, 18-year-old, leg-spinner Shadab Khan with a memorable spell of 3-7 from four overs.
Pakistan successfully reached their victory target of 112 with 17 balls remaining. Jason Holder was the most successful Windies bowler, grabbing 2-27 from 3.1 overs. Veteran allrounder Shoaib Malik top scored for Pakistan, finishing unbeaten on 38, while Babar Azam and Kamran Akmal chipped in with 29 and 22 respectively.
WEST INDIES 111 for eight off 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 34 not out; Shadab Khan 3-7)
PAKISTAN 115 for four off 17.1 overs (Shoaib Malik 38 not out, Babar Azam 29, Kamran Akmal 22; Jason Holder 2-27)
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