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Windies lacks application – Mohammed

KARACHI, Pakistan (CMC):

Captain Jason Mohammed has blamed a lack of application for the Windies’ poor showing in the opening Twenty20 (T20) International of the three-match series against Pakistan yesterday.

Chasing 204 for victory in the historic fixture at the National Stadium here, the reigning T20 World champions crumbled for 60 all out – their lowest-ever score in the shortest format.

The 143-run defeat was the second-heaviest-ever in T20 Internationals and Pakistan’s most emphatic margin of victory.

“It is a good wicket but I think our shot execution [let us down] and we didn’t apply ourselves well enough,” said Mohammed, who is leading the side in the absence of regular skipper Carlos Brathwaite.

“We have to stay positive as a team. We still have matches ahead, so we’ll come back strong and come up with some different plans, try and apply ourselves differently, and try and do the basics right (in today’s second match).”

In the first high-profile international match on Pakistan soil in nine years, the hosts made the most of the occasion to pile up 203 for five off their 20 overs.

Pakistan were cruising at 140 for two in the 16th over before the Windies clawed their way with three quick wickets to reduce the innings to 156 for five in the 18th.

However, veteran Shoaib Malik took charge of the latter stages of the innings, stroking an unbeaten 37 off 14 balls as Pakistan ended on a high.

Mohammed admitted that the Windies had lost the plot at the death.

“It was definitely a tough day. I think we went pretty well with the ball until the last couple of overs,” he lamented.

Despite the result, the importance of the match was not lost on the capacity crowd, which welcomed international cricket back to Karachi.

SCOREBOARD

PAKISTAN

Fakhar Zaman run out 39

Babar Azam lbw b Emrit 17

Hussain Talat run out 41

*+Sarfraz Ahmed c wkp Fletcher b Powell 38

Shoaib Malik not out 37

Asif Ali b Paul 1

Fahim Ashraf not out 16

Extras (lb6, w7, nb1) 14

TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 203

Did not bat: Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hassan Ali.

Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-65, 3-140, 4-150, 5-156.

Bowling: Badree 4-0-37-0, Paul 4-0-26-1, Williams 4-0-43-1, Permaul 0.3-0-8-0, Samuels 0.3-0-7-0, Powell 3-0-34-1.

WEST INDIES

C Walton c Asif Ali b

Mohammad Nawaz 6

A Fletcher c Hussain Talat b

Mohammad Amir 0

M Samuels c Fahim Ashraf b

Mohammad Nawaz 18

*J Mohammed c Hussain Talat b Mohammad Amir 0

+D Ramdin c Mohammad Nawaz b

Hassan Ali 0

R Powell c & b Shadab Khan 5

K Paul not out 10

R Emrit c Hussain Talat b Shoaib Malik 11

K Williams c Babar Azam b Shoaib Malik 0

S Badree c Shoaib Malik b Hussain Talat 7

Extras (w3) 3

TOTAL (all out, 13.4 overs) 60

Did not bat: V Permaul.

Fall of wickets: 1-6 2-8, 3-8, 4-15, 5-27, 6-33, 7-51, 8-51, 9-60, 10-60.

Bowling: Mohammad Nawaz 4-0-19-2, Mohammad Amir 2-0-3-2, Fahim Ashraf 1-0-9-0, Shadab Khan 3-0-13-1, Shoaib Malik 2-0-13-2, Hussain Talat 0.4-0-3-1.

Result: Pakistan won by 143 runs.

Series: Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0.

Man-of-the-Match: Hussain Talat.

Toss: West Indies.

Umpires: Shozab Raza, Ahsan Raza; TV – Ahmed Shahab.

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