Shadab Khan | Debutant | West Indies Vs Pakistan 2017 | Sarfraz Ahmed

West Indies Vs Pakistan, 1st T20: Debutant Shadab Khan’s Magical Spell Sinks West Indies

Shadab Khan stole the show on his debut, as Pakistan thrashed West Indies by six wickets at Kensington Oval in Barbados to go 1-0 up in the four-match T20 international series.

The home team was reeling at 37 for 2 in the seventh over when Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed handed the ball to Shadab, and the 18-year old made an impact straightaway, taking 2 wickets for 1 run in his first over. He finished his spell with impressive figures of three for seven which is now the most economical spell in the history of T20 international cricket in a complete four-over spell.

After being invited to bat first, West Indies went off to a poor start with Evin Lewis departing after being run out in the third over of the match by Ahmed Shehzad. Chadwick Walton and Marlon Samuels added 22-run for the second wicket before the latter was trapped by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim. After that, the reigning World T20 champions kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and only managed to breach the 100-run mark, thanks to an unbeaten 34 from captain Carlos Brathwaite. Their innings eventually ended on 111 for 8.

In reply, Pakistan reached the target with utmost ease in the 18th over. The visitors went off to a cautious start with their openers- Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad- adding 25 runs from 27 balls for the first wicket.

However, three wickets falling inside 24 runs put Pakistan in a spot of bother before a a 46-run stand between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik set their team on course for an easy win. Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed then scored the remaining runs, as Pakistan registered its fifth consecutive win in the shortest format of the game.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 115 for 4 (Malik 38*, Azam 29, Holder 2-27) beat West Indies 111 for 8 (Brathwaite 34*, Shadab 3-7) by six wickets

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