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Pakistan beat West Indies in first T20 warm-up match in Dubai

Khalid Umar Malik
19 Oct 2021, 09:55 GMT+10

DUBAI, UAE - On Monday, Pakistan has easily won their first warm-up match versus the West Indies by seven wickets at the ICC Academy in Dubai ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Pakistan's captain, the right-hander, one of the best, Babar Azam, was in great form, scoring 50 off 41 balls to lay a solid platform for his squad. Fakhar Zaman, the left-handed hitter, batted unbeaten on 46 off 24 balls to lead the team home in the presence of veteran Shoaib Malik.

Earlier, West Indies aggressive all-rounder Kieron Pollard's choice to bat first after winning the toss failed, as his squad merely scored 130/7 in 20 overs. The left-hander Shimron Hetmyer top-scored with a hit of 28, while Pollard got 23 off 10 balls.

Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf each took two wickets for Pakistan.

Pakistan will play India in their first match of the tournament - an anxiously awaited high voltage Indo-Pak event - on October 24, while the West Indies will play England a day earlier. The defending champions are the West Indies, who won the global title in 2016. They are the only team to have won the T20 World Cup on two occasions. In 2009, Pakistan was the crowned champions.

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