EM – Rizwan 78, Haider 68 help Pakistan set a target of 201-6 in the first T20I against West Indies

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Mohammad Rizwan prays (L) and Haider celebrates after scoring half a century (50 runs) in the first T20 game at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday. AFP

Rizwan smashed a 52-ball-78 with 10 boundaries – his 12th.

Rizwan and Haider added 105 for the third wicket after skipper Babar Azam fell without counting and Fakhar Zaman only made 10, with West Indian bowlers who had early success.

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West Indies is without three players – left fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and all-rounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers – who tested positive for the coronavirus in Karachi and are self-isolating for 10 days.

West Indies is also missing regular kipper Kieron Pollard, who was out of the series with a hamstring injury, while another seasoned all-rounder Andre Russell is playing in the Big Bash League in Australia.

West Indies, who are making their first Twenty20 since the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the fast bowler Dominic Drakes and the top-order batter Shamarh Brookes made their debuts.

Pakistan named a full-strength team for the opening game of the three-match series with Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim, the three fast bowlers. Vice-captain Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are the two spin options.

The top-row batting line-up consists of the two top run getters in T20s this year – Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam – with the punchy ones Batters Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali and Asif Ali, who form the strong middle order.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

West Indies: Brandon King, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Devon Thomas, Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Dominic Drakes, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas.

South Africa needed 19 runs to win the last over, but the central pacemaker Faheem Ashraf kept his nerve and held the guests back to 166: 6, while Bjorn Fortuin (17 failed) and Dwaine Pretorius (15 failed) only managed 15.

Bottom line Hasan Ali finished 20 not out with a seven-ball when Pakistan overtook a 165-run goal in 18.4 overs to win the series 2-1, South Africa’s first T20I series defeat in Asia. South Africa had previously won five in Asia and drawn a T20I series.

Babar Azam hit a sensational 122 of 59 balls, leading Pakistan to a 205-1 for an overwhelming nine-wicket win over South Africa and a 2-1 lead in their Twenty20 streak on Wednesday.

I won’t find any excuses. We still have to try to win with the players we put in the park, but it was tough. There were many positive things. Given the possibilities, a couple of guys came out on top with flying colors, “he said

The winners of the coveted award will be announced on December 27 at a high-profile ceremony in the Armani Pavilion in the Armani Hotel Dubai.

Raducanu, who won a major as her first qualification with her triumph at Flushing Meadows in September, was supposed to play in the Mubadala Tennis World Championship, which will take place from 16-18.

The soccer star toured various locations and visited the UAE pavilion.

The Crown Prince of Dubai shared a video flying a motorized parachute over Dubai. The video begins with Sheikh Hamdan starting the ignition of the Paraplane.

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