Making his return to the national side after more than a year, Ahmed Shehzad did not take long to announce his arrival at the international stage. The opening batsman provided his bowlers with an all-important opening in the third over to remove a dangerous-looking Evin Lewis.
Running on to the ball from the long-on boundary in the third over, Shehzad's one-handed pick up followed a direct-hit at the striker's end which removed Lewis.
Just three balls ago, Lewis had struck the first boundary of the series. The left-handed batsman pulled Mohammad Hafeez’s short-of-the-length delivery into the stands.
Much had been said about the 18-year-old, when Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq put him on the plane for this tour. Making his way to the national side on the back of splendid leg-spin display in the Pakistan Super League, Shadab Khan ripped apart the Windies’ middle-order in a dream debut.
Shadab picked up two wickets in his first over - the first coming on a venomous googly. He leaked only one run in that over.
The young leggie’s first eight balls brought three wickets. He could have had a four-fer but Kamran Akmal dropped Kieron Pollard off Shadab at backward-point in the 13th over.
The leggie, however, had the most phenomenal debut in the T20I cricket, returning 3 for 7 at a staggering economy of 1.75.
Carlos Brathwaite - the West Indies captain but more importantly the star of 2016 ICC World T20 final – switched his stance to a left-hander’s to smack Sohail Tanvir over what would have been the cover region for him in his regular stance. However, the Windies skipper managed just a single off it.
The hard-hitting allrounder must have developed the courage for the shot after he spanked Wahab Riaz for a four and a six on the first two balls of the penultimate over.
Pakistan clambered towards a paltry 112 after they lost their new-look opening pair of Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal inside the powerplay. Mohammad Hafeez, batting at one-drop, failed to make a notable contribution and fell in the ninth over, leaving Pakistan at 3 down for 49.
A breezy 46-run partnership, stretching over 6.2 overs, between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik brought the touring party back into the game. The two kept the scoreboard ticking with regular strike rotation and hit four fours in between themselves, Babar striking three of them.
After Babar fell on the last ball of the 15th over to Jason Holder, Malik took Pakistan over the line with a classical cover-drive. He remained not out on 38 and batted for 29 balls.
Highlights of the first T20I: