And the cricket is finally returning to Pakistan. After the latest withdrawal by New Zealand and England, this series will bring joy to the Pakistani fans. West Indies will be playing a 3-match T20I series followed by a 3-match ODI series. West Indies is missing lot of their regular players due to various reasons. It will also be an opportunity for new players to perform. On the other hand, Pakistan are also without some of their regular players. But Pakistan start the series as favourites in the home conditions. We will see what happened in today’s match. We will also see who won MOM in PAK vs WI 1st T20I.
After winning the toss, West Indies chose to bowl first. West Indies couldn’t have asked for a better start than they got. They got Pakistani captain Babar Azam on a two ball duck. But Mr. Consistent Mohammad Rizwan today also scored most of the runs. Mohammad Rizwan is in some prime form of his career. Today also he scored 78 runs of 52 balls. Today he was given support by talented Haider Ali. These two batsmen laid the foundation and also got to their respective fifties. And when, 200 was looking very tough, Mohammad Nawaz stepped up. He played an amazing cameo of 30 runs of just 10 balls. And with the effort of this trio, Pakistan were able to score 200 runs.
201 wasn’t a very difficult total in T20Is, especially for West Indies. But they are without their key players. And Pakistan continued with the momentum. Mohammad Nawaz continued to impress. He took the wicket of West Indian opener on his first ball. Then it was all Pakistan over West Indies. Pakistan outplayed West Indies in all the departments today. Pakistan bowlers bowled really well. Shadab Khan ended with 3 wickets and gave just 17 runs in his 4 overs. And Mohammad Wasim Jr. was also exceptional today. Wasim ripped out a few poles today with his yorkers. And Pakistan won this match by 63 runs and lead the series 1-0. And Pakistan now won 18 wins in T20Is, the most by any team in a year.
Who Won MOM In PAK VS WI 1st T20I?
Haider Ali, for his brilliant knock of 68 runs of 39 balls, was adjudged as the Man of the Match in Pakistan vs West Indies 1st T20I. His knock was the match changing knock for Pakistan. When Pakistan lose their captain for a duck in the first over and Fakhar Zaman also in the subsequent overs, Pakistan were in a troublesome situation. But Haider Ali absorbed the pressure and ensured that Pakistan did not lose any further wickets in the next few overs. He gave a perfect combination to Mohammad Rizwan and ensured that Mohammad Rizwan will not face the pressure of scoring runs. His ability of clearing the field is just outstanding and he will be an exciting talent for Pakistan.
And this is just another win for Pakistan in T20Is. And Pakistan’s T20 stocks just keep going upwards. They’ve completely outplayed West Indies tonight. Pakistan’s score was way too much as the pitch was offering for the spinners. And this was a strong performance from Pakistan to kick off the series. Pakistan lead the series 1-0.