DUBAI: Dwayne Bravo hit a gritty half-century in a world record ninth wicket stand to lift West Indies to 115 in the first Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.
Bravo scored a 54-ball 55 for his fourth half-century and added 66 with Jerome Taylor (21) to lift world champions from a precarious 48-8 in 11.3 overs before being bowled off the penultimate ball.
Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim had grabbed a career best 5-14 in his four destructive overs — third best figures for Pakistan in all Twenty20 cricket — after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl on a slow turner at Dubai stadium.
Bravo smashed paceman Wahab Riaz for a six to reach his half-century and led the recovery from a poor start which saw the West Indies struggling at 46-5 in the first ten overs.
Paceman Sohail Tanvir took 2-26.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and sent West Indies into bat.
Pakistan rested Mohammad Amir from the side which beat England in the only Twenty20 in Manchester earlier this month, after the fast bowler joined the team late because of his wedding on Tuesday.
Amir’s place went to left-arm spinning all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.
Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal also made a comeback after being overlooked for the England tour. He replaced Mohammad Rizwan from the Machester side.
West Indies gave a Twenty20 debut to wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran.
The second match will also be played in Dubai on Saturday while the third is in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir
Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor