Pakistan defeat West Indies in warm-up game by seven wickets

Skipper Babar Azam scored 50 off 41 balls

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Pakistan defeated West Indies by seven wickets in the T20 World Cup warm-up game in Dubai.

The Men in Green chased down 131-run target in 15.3 overs, courtesy impressive knocks by skipper Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman.

Babar scored 50 off 41 balls, while Fakhar remained unbeaten on 46 runs off 24 balls.

Malik remained not out on 14 runs off 11 balls, while Mohammad Rizwan scored 13 runs off 17 balls.

Earlier, batting first after winning the toss, West Indies posted 130/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

Pakistan bowlers maintained a tight line and length in the first 10 overs, which restricted the batting side to 44/2.

However, West Indies made a comeback in the second half of the innings, scoring 86 runs.

Middle-order batter Shimron Hetmyer was the top run-scorer with 28 runs off 24 balls.

Skipper Kieron Pollard smacked pacer Haris Rauf for five consecutive fours in the last over to help West Indies post a fighting total. The hard-hitting all-rounder’s fiery cameo yielded 23 runs in 10 balls.

For Pakistan, the spinners dominated the show with Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan conceding only 3.25 runs per over in their eight overs. However, Imad was the only spinner to claim a wicket.

Shaheen Afridi bagged two wickets but was expensive after giving away 41 runs in his four overs.

Hasan Ali was impressive after registering figures of 2/21 in his four overs. Haris also bagged two wickets while conceding 32 runs in his four overs.

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