Pakistan dominated West Indies from start to finish – including the toss – to pick up a 9-wicket win in the opening T20I in Dubai. Imad Wasim was the pick of the lot for Pakistan to pick up five wickets and never leave any chance for the reigning World T20 Champions.
After winning the toss, Sarfraz Ahmed sent the Windies in to bat and Wasim struck in the very first over and never looked back. By the time he was done, West Indies were not even giving a contest at 48/8. That’s when Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor provided some solidity to take the visitors over the 100-run mark. In the end, West Indies were in it by an inch with a 116 run target for Pakistan.
Samuel Badreee did give early glimmer of hope but that soon evaporated as Babar Azam and Khalid Latif steadied the ship and never gave West Indies much of a chance. It didn’t help that the Carlos Brathwaite led side made plenty of errors in the field.
Eventually Pakistan raced over the line with a fifty for Azam and their second consecutive 9-wicket win having done so in the only T20I in England too.