Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Clinical Pakistan make short work of the defending champions. Babar Azam top scored in the chase with 50
Babar Azam top scored in the chase with 50
Pakistan vs West Indies
Pakistan gave a good account of their bowling strength in their first warm-up game, stifling a powerful West Indies line-up to 130 and then chased down the score with 27 balls to spare. Barring Shaheen Afridi, who conceded 41 runs from his four overs, other Pakistan bowlers were on the money. Hasan Ali, continuing his great comeback, took 2 for 21 while spinners Imad Wasim bowled miserly spells. West Indies couldn't break out of their shackles with only Kieron Pollard hitting five consecutive fours off the 20th over bowled by Haris Rauf to give the total some respectability.
Pakistan were professional with their chase with Babar Azam typically anchoring one end with a 41-ball 50. Fakhar Zaman slotted in at three and slammed an unbeaten 24-ball 46. For West Indies, Hayden Walsh picked up two wickets but was taken apart by Zaman and conceded at an economy of 11.7
Brief scores: West Indies 130/7 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 28, Kieron Pollard 23; Hasan Ali 2-21, Haris Rauf 2-32) lost to Pakistan 131/3 in 15.3 overs (Babar Azam 50, Fakhar Zaman 46; Hayden Walsh 2-41) by seven wickets.
South Africa vs Afghanistan
Aiden Markram passed a spin test before Tabraiz Shamsi served Afghanistan a taste of their own medicine as South Africa beat Mohammad Nabi's side comprehensively. Markram made 48 off 35 slamming two sixes and as many fours after the Proteas made a sedate start with Quinton de Kock falling cheaply and captain Temba Bavuma making a sedate 39-ball 30. David Miller's 10-ball 20 lower down the order gave the side a competitive total of 145. Ace spinner Rashid Khan didn't bowl for Afghanistan.
South Africa were without Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje but Bjoin Fortuin and Lungi Ngidi knocked over the Afghanistan openers, Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad, for ducks paving the way for Shamsi to scythe through the middle order. The No.1 T20I bowler dismissed Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib to finish with figures of 3 for 18. Only Nabi's 34 was able to keep the margin of defeat to 41 runs.
Brief scores: South Africa 145/5 in 20 overs (Aiden Markram 45; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-24) beat Afghanistan 104/8 in 20 overs (Mohammad Nabi 34; Tabraiz Shamsi 3-18, Lungi Ngidi 2-27) by 41 runs