Karachi: Pakistan thrashed a jet lagged West Indies by 143 runs in their Twenty20 opener on Sunday for the second biggest margin of victory in top-level T20 cricket.
West Indies collapsed in Karachi to their lowest ever T20 score of 60 in 13.4 overs after opting to bowl after only arriving in the country late Saturday night.
Pakistan scored their joint highest T20 score of 203-5.
In reply, only Marlon Samuels (18), Rayad Emrit (11) and Keemo Paul (10 not out) got into double figures as West Indies crumbled against Mohammad Amir (2-3), Shoaib Malik (2-13) and Mohammad Nawaz (2-19).
Pakistan’s margin of victory was the second best in the shortest format behind Sri Lanka’s 172-run win over Kenya in the 2007 World T20 at Johannesburg.
World T20 champion West Indies’ previous lowest total in a T20 international was 79-7 against Zimbabwe at Port of Spain in 2010.
Earlier, debutant Hussain Talat top scored with 41 and Shoaib Malik provided the ideal finish with an unbeaten 37 off only 14 balls after West Indies won the toss.
Pakistan’s total matched its previous best of 203-5, scored against Bangladesh in 2008 at the same National Stadium in Karachi, which was hosting an international match after nine years on Sunday.
West Indies’ players looked visibly underprepared on the field after taking a long flight from home and preparing with a 90-minute workout at the stadium before the toss.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays as he twisted his left ankle in his follow through in his first over and the newcomer could not bat for West Indies.
Talat featured in a 75-run third wicket stand off 49 balls with captain Sarfraz Ahmed (38) before both batsmen fell in successive overs to make it 150-4 in the 17th over.
West Indies had its chances to contain Pakistan’s late acceleration but debutant Keemo Paul (1-26) missed return catches of both Malik and Ashraf off successive deliveries. In the same 18th over, he had earlier clean bowled Pakistan newcomer Asif Ali for just one.
Malik cashed in on the opportunity to smash two sixes and two fours off Rayad Emrit, who conceded 23 runs in the 19th over and then Kesrick Williams went for 21 runs in the last over.
The southern port city last hosted an international game in 2009 when Sri Lanka played a test match before an attack by gunmen on its team bus in Lahore shut the door on international cricket in Pakistan.