It was a no-match as world number one Pakistan completely annihilated a depleted West Indies by a big 143 runs in the first Twenty20 international on Sunday at the National Stadium in Karachi, the first match in the city for nine years.
Pakistan notched their equal highest Twenty20 total of 203-5 in 20 overs before bowling the West Indies out for their lowest Twenty20 total of 60 in 13.4 overs at the National Stadium.
West Indies, without their top stars regular skipper Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, could not stand up to Pakistan’s varied bowling attack with only Marlon Samuels (18), Rayad Emrit (11) and Keemo Paul (ten) reaching double figures.
The victory is the second largest victory in terms of runs in a Twenty20 international behind Sri Lanka’s 172-run win over Kenya in Johannesburg in the inaugural World Twenty20 at Johannesburg in 2007.
Pakistan’s biggest Twenty20 international win was of 102 against Bangladesh at the same venue in 2008 when they also made 203-5.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz and Shoaib Malik chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Pakistan equalled their highest Twenty20 total as they scored 203-5 after they were put into bat by the West Indies.
Fakhar Zaman was dealing in boundaries as he smashed three in the first over bowled by leg-spinner Samuel Badree. Fakhar was looking in great form during his 24-ball 39 studded with six boundaries and a six but was unlucky when he was run out, trying to steal a quick single but Veerasammy Permaul’s brilliant fielding saw him short of fielding.
Hussain Talat himself suffered the same feat after scoring a rapid 37-ball 41 with two boundaries and a six. Hussain and Sarfraz kept the tempo fast as they added 75 for the third wicket helping Pakistan to 94-2 in the first ten overs.
Sarfraz’s 22-ball 38 had four boundaries and a six. It was left to Shoaib Malik and Faheem Ashraf to add 44 runs in the last 2 overs after Asif Ali fell for one. Malik smashed four boundaries and a six. Ashraf hit a six and a boundary in his 9-ball 16.
Pakistan also made 203-5 against Bangladesh in a Twenty20 international in 2008.
The second match is on Monday and the third a day later — both in Karachi.
Despite the memorable occasion and claims by Pakistan Cricket Board of a sell-out, the National Stadium was nearly half empty, with 20,000 crowds in a capacity of 33,000.