West Indies have been quite busy playing international assignments at home. Earlier, they locked horns with South Africa. After that, they invited Australia where they comprehensively won the T20I series by 4-1.
Now, they invited Pakistan for a brief assignment. The short tour comprises four T20Is followed by two Tests. Meanwhile, the first T20I was called off after rain played spoilsport at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
It was such a shame that we had rain ruining all the fun in what promises to be an intriguing series. Earlier, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl first in Barbados.
Pakistani bowlers knew exactly what they were going to do. They ultimately inserted pressure on the dangerous West Indies’ batting line-up. Earlier, the in-form batsman Lendl Simmons got retired hurt.
The batting line-up looked a bit shaky and failed to resist Pakistan’s bowling attack. Neither Chris Gayle nor Andre Russell could wreak havoc. Pakistani bowlers applied all their tactics to better effect.
West Indies’ captain Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten 22 off just 9 balls. The ferocious batsman looked lethal when he struck 2 sixes and a four and maintained an exceptional strike rate of 244.44.
Hasan Ali makes a big mistake against West Indies
Pakistan’s fast bowler Hasan Ali made a terrible mistake during the first T20I against West Indies. He was the pick of the bowlers in the Pakistan cricket team where he accounted for two dismissals.
Hasan Ali dismissed two dangerous batsmen namely Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer. Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer departed for 6 and 5 in the third and eighth over respectively.
When West Indies were batting on 68/4, Hasan Ali bowled a delivery to Kieron Pollard who was batting on 7. The right-arm fast bowler delivered a slow short-pitched ball which tempted Pollard to play a shot.
As it turned out, the West Indies captain ended up lofting the ball towards the deep fine leg. However, Azam Khan quickly went on to collect the ball and then threw it towards Hasan Ali.
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Meanwhile, Hasan Ali moved towards the striker’s end to collect the ball. But Hasan Ali was not in a position to get hold of the ball as he missed it completely. He could have easily collected it and affected a run-out to dismiss Kieron Pollard.
But that didn’t happen. West Indies went on to score 85 for the loss of 5 wickets in 9 overs. The weather played spoilsport in the game. As a result, the game was called off. The second T20I will kick off at Providence Stadium, Guyana on July 31, Saturday.