Shamilia Connell bagged three wickets to take West Indies over the victory line by 71 runs after posting a composing target of 161 runs in the first T20I off three-match ODI series at the Southend Club Karachi on Thursday.
Skipper Pakistan Bismah Maroof played for scoring 38 runs to help his team to somehow make a comeback in the match but falling wickets at regular intervals made the chase an easy task for the girls in green.
Earlier, Deandra Dottin blasted her way to scoring 90 runs to steer West Indies to reach a competing total in the first inning. Another successor for West Indies was Chedean Nation who supported his compatriot well scoring 50 off 35 balls including four boundaries and a six. Pakistani bowlers, on the other hand, failed to resist with taking just two wickets including a run out in 20 overs.
Starting with their opening duo of Kycia Knight and Daendra Dotton, West Indies came out of grooves playing some smooth early shots to the boundary in front of a huge crowd who were mostly supporting Pakistan.
With losing two wickets on 50 runs the touring side felt a bit pressure but the way Dottin and Nation played, took all the black clouds away from them.
Dottin’s inning included eight hits to the fence while also struck four sixes during her stay at the crease. Nashra Sandhu was the only wicket-taker for the green shirts.
In reply, Pakistan were not off to a good start as they lost a wicket on just 14 runs when Sidra walked off scoring two runs. Javeria then along with captain Bismah put some pressure on the tourists with hitting a couple shots to the boundary. She scored 19 runs before getting caught behind off Connell. Pakistan managed to reach just 89 runs while chasing.
Apart from Connell, Anisa, who toured Pakistan back in 2004, took two wickets conceding 17 runs in four overs. Shakera Selman bagged as many wickets as Anisa. Dottin and Afy Fletcher shared a wicket apiece.
Both teams will now meet in the second T20I on Friday with West Indies leading the series 1-0.