Chadwick Walton plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on.  Picture: Asif Hassan/AFP
Chadwick Walton plays a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on. Picture: Asif Hassan/AFP

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PAKISTAN thrashed a jet-lagged West Indies by 143 runs in their Twenty20 opener  - the second biggest margin of victory in top-level T20 cricket.

The West Indies, who arrived in the country late the night before, collapsed in Karachi to their lowest T20 score of 60 in 13.4 overs after opting to bowl.

Pakistan scored its joint highest T20 score of 5-203.

In reply, only Marlon Samuels (18), Rayad Emrit (11) and Keemo Paul (10 not out) got into double figures as the West Indies crumbled against Mohammad Amir (2-3), Shoaib Malik (2-13) and Mohammad Nawaz (2-19).

"Obviously there will be a bit of jet lag, but I think our performance just wasn't good enough," West Indies captain Jason Mohammed said.

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 its first international match in nine years on Sunday.

The West Indies' players looked visibly under-prepared on the field after their long flight from home and a 90-minute workout at the stadium before the toss.

Their 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.

The West Indies had their 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.

A Pakistani cricket fan holds a sign. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM
A Pakistani cricket fan holds a sign. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM

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.

Six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed in that attack, and six members of the Sri Lanka team were injured.

Gradually the Pakistan Cricket Board is trying to convince foreign teams that it's safe to play cricket in the country with Lahore hosting Zimbabwe, a World XI, Sri Lanka and a Pakistan Super League final over the past three years. Karachi hosted the PSL final last week, with several foreign players competing in front of a capacity crowd.

However, at least four top West Indies players - Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis - pulled out of the three-match T20 series against Pakistan apparently due to security concerns. About 18,000 spectators watched Sunday's game.

 

A Pakistani ranger stands guard as cricket fans line-up at a security checkpoint outside the ground. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM
A Pakistani ranger stands guard as cricket fans line-up at a security checkpoint outside the ground. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM


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