West Indies Stun Pakistan with Nail-Biting Victory in First T20I

West Indies Stun Pakistan with Nail-Biting Victory in First T20I

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In a thrilling encounter at the National Bank Stadium, West Indies emerged victorious against Pakistan in the first T20I of the five-match series, clinching a remarkable one-run win after an intense battle.

Pakistan began their chase of 123 with a promising start from openers Sidra Ameen and Gull Feroza, accumulating 35 runs within the first five overs. However, their momentum was quickly halted by Hayley Matthews, who dismissed Sidra in the sixth over, breaking the threatening partnership. Despite early setbacks, Pakistan’s captain Nida Dar led a valiant effort, forming crucial partnerships with Muneeba Ali and Aliya Riaz. With just 19 runs required off the last three overs and Dar and Riaz at the crease, the game seemed to tilt in Pakistan’s favor. However, Karishma Ramharack turned the tide in West Indies’ favor with a brilliant display of bowling, claiming the wickets of both set batters and Fatima Sana, conceding just two runs in the process. Although Tuba Hasan and Najiha Alvi fought hard to bring Pakistan close to victory, Shamilia Connell’s nerves of steel in the final over ensured a thrilling win for West Indies.

Ramharack led the bowling charge for West Indies with an impressive four-wicket haul, supported by Matthews, Afy Fletcher, and Qiana Joseph, who each claimed a wicket.

Despite winning the toss and opting to bat first, West Indies struggled to post a challenging total on the board. Early dismissals of captain Matthews and wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle left them reeling at 14/2. However, Stafanie Taylor and Qiana Joseph orchestrated a recovery, adding 55 runs for the third wicket. Taylor’s departure triggered a collapse, but Joseph’s resilient innings of 34 provided West Indies with a fighting chance.

Fatima Sana spearheaded Pakistan’s bowling attack with figures of 3/24, while Sadia Iqbal and others chipped in with crucial breakthroughs.

The playing XIs featured Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Nida Dar (c), Diana Baig, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Gul Feroza, Najiha Alvi, Tuba Hasan, Sadia Iqbal, and Ayesha Zafar for Pakistan, and Hayley Matthews (c), Qiana Joseph, Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, Afy Fletcher, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Karishma Ramharack, and Shamilia Connell for West Indies.

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