Imad Wasim picked 5 for © Getty Images
Pakistan recorded their biggest win over West Indies in T20I’s ever  © Getty Images

The first Twenty20 International (T20I) of the three match series between Pakistan and West Indies was played at Dubai. Bowling first, Pakistan’s all-rounder Imad Wasim run through the Caribbean side, which is famous for their long, deep and strong batting line-up. Only batsman to put up a fight was Dwayne Bravo who was able to score some runs, 55 off them and ensured his team put up a decent total of 115. In reply, Pakistan chased down this below par total quite easily by losing only one-wicket of Sharjeel Khan. In the course of chase, Babar Azam made his first fifty of his T20I career and won the match for Pakistan by 9-wickets. With this resounding win, many records were broken and re-written, Abhishek Kumar presents some interesting statistical highlights from this match.

•    17 is the lowest score at the fall of West Indies’ 4th-wicket in T20Is. Also, this is the second time, when West Indies have lost their first four-wickets at the score of 17 and both the time, the opposition team was Pakistan. Last time they lost four-wickets at the score of 17 was on July 28, 2013 at Kingstown.

•    22 is now the lowest score at the fall of West Indies’ 5th-wicket followed by 47 as the lowest score at the fall of West Indies’ 6th and 7th-wicket and then, 48 is now the lowest score at the fall of West Indies’ 8th-wicket in T20Is.

•    Imad’s spell of 4-0-14-5 is the third best spell by any Pakistani bowler after Umar Gul’s 3-0-6-5 against New Zealand in 2009 and 2.2-0-6-5 against South Africa in 2013. With this, Imad became 16th bowler overall to take a fifer in a T20I. Also, this spell by Imad is the third best by a left-arm bowler after Rangana Herath’s 3.3-2-3-5 against New Zealand in 2014 and Elias Sunny 4-1-13-5 against Ireland in 2012. Imad’s spell was also the best by any bowler against West Indies in a T20I.

•    Partnership of 66-run between Bravo and Taylor is now the highest by any pair for 9th wicket in T20Is. They broke the previous best partnership record of 63-run for 9th wicket between Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir set against Sri Lanka in 2013.

•    Taylor’s 21-run knock is the joint fourth highest by any batsmen at number 10 position in T20Is after Sompal Kami (40), Sunil Narine (23) and Hamid Hassan (22).

•    Bravo’s fifty came in 50-balls is the slowest half-century by any West Indies batsman in T20Is. Overall, this is the fifth slowest half-century by any batsman in T20Is after Ryan Watson (54-balls), Gautam Gambhir (54-balls), Shoaib Khan jnr (53-balls) and William Porterfield (52-balls).

•    115 is the third lowest total by West Indies after losing all 10-wickets in a T20Is. Also, this is their lowest total against Pakistan in T20Is.

•    First instance of left-arm bowlers taking 8 wickets in an innings of a T20I.

•    Bravo made 55 and similarly Babar Azam also made unbeaten 55. This is now the highest and first fifty-plus identical score by two batsmen from different teams in the same T20I.

•    Pakistan’s win over West Indies by 9-wickets is their joint biggest in terms of wickets and third biggest in terms of balls remaining while chasing as they chased the total with 34-balls remaining. Also, Pakistan became second team to claim the victory over West Indies by 9-wickets in a T20I.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricketCountry.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)