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Pakistan vs West Indies 1st T20I: Live scores and commentary

Thanks to Imad Wasim's five-wicket haul, Pakistan thrashed West Indies in the first T20I at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE.
Updated: 24 September 2016 23:16 IST - Published: 23 September 2016 18:39 IST
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Follow all the action from the second T20I here.

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And that's a wrap of the presentation and concludes our coverage for today. Join us again in less than 24 hours for the second T20I which starts at the same time (09:30 PM IST) on Saturday from the same venue.

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz said: "The guys responded well. The fielding department is something we are working and good to see the motivation from the guys. Our main focus is to pick wickets and that is why I used Imad and Nawaz early to expecting to nip out a couple of wickets. But they did exceedingly well. We have to take wickets and that's how you put pressure in T20 games"

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West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite believes they have to go back to the drawing board with regards to their handling of Imad Wasim. "I don't think we have had a good start. Bravo played well, credit to him. Imad Wasim bowled really well upfront. Don't think Pakistan plans will change much, we need to change our plans and need to do well with bat and ball. 
"We want to come back strong and make all the West Indian people proud. It's T20 and defending 115 is very, very difficult. Babar played very, very well to take the game away from us. We will be back here tomorrow and aiming for a much better performance "

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Unsurprisingly, for his five-wicket haul, Imad Wasim claimed the Man of the Match. He said: "I just got out there and gave my 100 percent. I think I don't try too much, just bowl wicket to wicket. Whatever could be the plan, I always try to stick with wicket-to-wicket line. I just want to play for my country and focus well in the coming games."

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A thoroughly professional team effort from Pakistan this. A one-sided win over the World Champions is not a mean achievement. They were brilliant with the ball from the very first over, with Imad Wasim taking a 5-ver, and followed it up with some intelligent batting. Azam made sure he didn't let the momentum shift from the moment he came in to bat, and ensured Pakistan reached the target comfortably.

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14.2 Brathwaite to Babar Azam, FOUR, and Pakistan win by 9 wickets with 34 balls to spare. That was short and wide and that is driven on the top of the bounce to the extra cover boundary. Back-to-back nine-wicket victories for Pakistan, who are suddenly looking like a very good T20I side after years of being nothing short of ordinary in the shorter formats.

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14.1 Brathwaite to Babar Azam, FOUR, and they are being helped by the West Indies as their hero with the bat misfields at third man to give Babar Azam his maiden fifty. An early dinner for Pakistan is on the cards!

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Just eight needed from a whopping six overs. Can Pakistan finish it in this over.

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13.6 S Narine to Khalid Latif, no run, "yes, no, definitely, maybe", that must have been the conversation as the two batsmen try to take a single but decide against it as the ball goes STRAIGHT to the fielder.

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13.5 S Narine to Khalid Latif, SIX, now just scratch what I said about him being content as he greedily scores a six over long-on and adds a few more runs to his name.

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13.4 S Narine to Khalid Latif, no run, quicker ball and that is defended towards cover by Latif who looks content with life.

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13.3 S Narine to Khalid Latif, FOUR, but Latif says what you can do, I can do better as he beats Badree at backward point and that races away to the third man boundary.

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13.2 S Narine to Babar Azam, 1 run, but the following ball is dropped slightly short and that is cut expertly behind point for a single.

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13.1 S Narine to Babar Azam, no run, that was not far away from Pollard's pace as a quicker straighter one starts it for Narine.

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Disappointment for all the connoisseurs of slower deliveries, Sunil Narine is into the attack. 

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Pollard and Bravo has had three variations in this match with the ball. They are: slow, slower and slowest.

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12.6 DJ Bravo to Babar Azam, 1 run, slower bouncer this time from Bravo and that is pulled with conviction towards deep mid-wicket for a single to end the over.

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12.5 DJ Bravo to Khalid Latif, 1 run, but BRAVO showing that was just a variation by bowling another stock, slower ball which is hit towards square leg for a single.

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12.4 DJ Bravo to Khalid Latif, no run, WHAT HAS HAPPENED THERE. Not a SLOWER BALL but a BOUNCER, which was actually fast. And the batsman unsurprisingly was surprised and couldn't get some bat on it.

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12.3 DJ Bravo to Khalid Latif, FOUR, the batsman was just waiting for the slower, fuller ball and although mid-off was up in the circle, there was no way he was stopping that even if he was back.

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12.2 DJ Bravo to Babar Azam, 1 run, Bravo showing where Pollard learnt his tricks him by bowling two slower balls out of two. While the first went for four, the second was just a single behind square.

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12.1 DJ Bravo to Babar Azam, FOUR, this was another one of Bravo's special in-dipping slower ball. While this is usually a change-up ball, the batsman are both prepared for it having just played Pollard's over.

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Bravo into the attack to continue the run of slower deliveries.

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11.6 Pollard to Khalid Latif, 1 run, BREAKING NEWS as Pollard delivers what might actually NOT have been a slower ball. But don't think he cares too much as he concedes another single to deep cover.

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11.5 Pollard to Khalid Latif, 1 run, if only Pollard got a dollar for every slower ball, he would be a very rich man, but he doesn't and this slower ball costs him a single to short fine-leg.

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11.4 Pollard to Babar Azam, 1 run, that was fuller but unsurprisingly slower and bowled from a few yards behind the stumps but the result is still a single towards Pakistan's inevitable march to victory.

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11.3 Pollard to Khalid Latif, 1 run, and right on cue, he delivers again and it is a single to deep square-leg this time.

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11.2 Pollard to Khalid Latif, no run, another slower ball which is patted back to the bowler who goes back to his run-up presumably to bowl another slower ball.

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11.2 Pollard to Khalid Latif, WIDE down the leg side.

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11.1 Pollard to Babar Azam, 1 run, what do you know, that is, surprise, surprise, a slower ball. Not too challenging when you bowl it every ball and Azam demonstrates that by taking a single to point.

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50 partnership comes up between these two. Azam has dominated most it. Pakistan now need 36 from 54 balls. Pollard to continue.

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10.6 S Narine to Babar Azam, 1 run, the golden rule of cricket is that if the opposition is giving you easy runs, you take it. And that is just Pakistan are doing by finding the gaps on the leg side and continuing to rotate the strike.

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10.5 S Narine to Khalid Latif, 1 run, it looks as though WI aren't doing as much as they can as another full ball is driven down for a single.

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10.4 S Narine to Khalid Latif, FOUR, full toss this time and that almost confuses the batsman who does well to hit down the ground and straight to the fielder who misfields it and lets it go for four. A disastrous piece of misfield by Rovman Powell there. Was it the dew? We think so.

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10.3 S Narine to Babar Azam, 1 run, a lot fuller from Narine and this is drilled down towards long-off for another single.

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10.2 S Narine to Khalid Latif, 1 run, this is all too easy for Pakistan, length ball on the pads and that is easily diverted towards the vacant mid-wicket area for a single.

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10.1 S Narine to Babar Azam, 1 run, short ball and that is dragged towards long-on by the batsman who wanted to hit that a lot farther than he eventually did.

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Narine back in the attack. WI need wickets and Brathwaite realises that, and hence the bowling change. It'll be interesting to see how Narine copes with the dew here.

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Pakistan are cruising towards the WI total. Azam has batted superbly scoring 34 of 24, and taking the game away from the WI.

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9.6 Pollard to Babar Azam, 1 run, slower one on the pads and that is tickled just past short fine-leg for a single to end the over.

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9.5 Pollard to Babar Azam, no run, slower and fuller this time, but the batsman just defends it back the bowler. And the frustration is evident as Pollard has a shy at the stumps for no apparent reason.

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9.4 Pollard to Babar Azam, FOUR, no matter how slow you bowl, a fast bowler is still quick enough to dab to third man for a boundary. Clever batting by Azan. Used the pace of the ball, and neatly tapped it down the third man boundary for a four. Risk free batting by Azam!

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9.3 Pollard to Khalid Latif, 1 run, the Bravo school of fast bowling is being executed by Pollard here. Another slower one that is drilled down to long-on for one.

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9.2 Pollard to Babar Azam, 1 run, almost hit into the same spot but a different and slightly faster ball from Pollard. But should he be bowling now instead of Narine?

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9.1 Pollard to Khalid Latif, 1 run, slower ball to begin from Pollard and that is helped into the vacant inner ring on the leg side for a single.

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Kieron Pollard into the attack now. Can we turn things around for the WI.

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Pakistan now need 53 from 11 overs, and it seems a matter of time that they win the game. The dew has played a key role here too.

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8.6 Brathwaite to Babar Azam, SIX, and that is how you make full use of a free-hit as he deposits it over cow corner for a maximum to end the over.