So that's it from us. Pakistan have taken a 1-0 lead in the 4-match T20I series. West Indies will look to come back stronger in the next game after this disappointing performance. We now head to Port of Spain for the second T20I which will take place on March 30th, 2017 at 1230 local ( 1630 GMT). Until then, goodbye and cheers.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed thanks the Almighty first up. Credits the bowlers for bowling extremely well and performing the way they did. Mentions his side have the psychological edge over West Indies and they want to continue with it. Says he told Shadab Khan to bowl just like he did in the Pakistan T20 League and ends by saying that he does not want his team to ease the pressure off the Windies now.
Man of the Match, Shadab Khan thanks the almighty. Says that it was a dream debut for him and hopes that he will continue to do so. Adds that the conditions were similar to the wickets he played in the Pakistan T20 League. Ends by saying that the pitch did help the spinners.
West Indies skipper, Carlos Brathwaite says they came out and did not expect what happened to happen. Mentions they did not bat well as the debutant Shadab Khan bowled well and it was difficult to come back after the collapse in the middle. Adds each player must know how to play against every bowler, have a gameplan against them and then play accordingly, as it is detrimental to the team. States that he is happy with his individual performance as a lot of hard work went in it.
The West Indies bowlers didn't have much to defend. They did put up a fight and did the best they could, but some more runs from their batsmen could have made the game more interesting in the very least. The hosts plucked some wickets at regular intervals, but they were always going to need a miracle from somewhere to pull this one off. Earlier in the day, a stupendous bowling display led by debutant Shadab Khan saw West Indies being restricted to 111.
A comfortable win for Pakistan to say the least. With the scoreboard pressure virtually non-existent and just a paltry target of 112 to chase, Pakistan were always in control of the game. Got off to a steady start and then a solid 46-run stand between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik was more than enough to ensure that the visiting side won this game with ease.
Jason Holder to Shoaib Malik
FOUR! That should do it! Shoaib Malik finishes things off in style. Leans into this full length delivery and drives it through the gap in the covers for a boundary. PAKISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS WITH 17 BALLS TO SPARE AND LEAD THE SERIES 1-0!
Carlos Brathwaite to Shoaib Malik
Length delivery around off, driven to the left of mid off for a single.
Back of a length outside off, Malik swings his bat through the line but fails to make contact.
Coming in on middle and leg, turns it through square leg for a couple more.
SIX! He's really got hold of that one! BANG! What a hit. Back of a length around off, Shoaib Malik is expecting that one as he hangs back to it. Pulls it high and handsome over the wide long on boundary for a huge maximum. Just 4 runs needed to win this match now.
Carlos Brathwaite to Sarfraz Ahmed
Arrows in a full delivery on off, angles it in as Sarfraz drives it to mid on. Takes Holder on but a misfield from him sees the batsmen complete the run with ease.
Short of a length delivery on off, cramping Malik for room but he still manages to get this away. Hops and whips it to the right of mid on for a single.
Carlos Brathwaite is back into the attack.
Sunil Narine to Shoaib Malik
Gives it some decent air and floats it on off, Shoaib Malik goes back and turns it to the square leg region for an easy single. Pakistan need 12 more runs to win off 24 deliveries.
Turning in from around off, on a length, Malik goes back and taps it down on the track.
Sunil Narine to Sarfraz Ahmed
Full and attacking the stumps, eased back down to long on for one run.
Another flat ball well outside off, Sarfraz cuts this late past the first slip fielder and picks up a couple of runs for doing so.
Another full ball on off, driven back down to long on for a single.
Darts it full and flat outside off, pushed off the front foot straight to the cover fielder.