Last night, Karachi witnessed the historic return of international cricket after a gap of nine years. Pakistan’s vicious performance with the bat doubled the joy of the return as the national team thrashed the Windies by a staggering margin of 143 runs. Pakistan came out on top rather convincingly as West Indies were taken by surprise thanks to Pakistan’s blistering batting performance.
The night will be remembered for a long time in the history books as Pakistan broke and made several records in the series opener.
Pakistanis were favorites against the young West Indian team. West Indies’ decision to field first after winning the toss against the top-ranked T20 side proved to be a nightmare. Here are the records that Pakistani team made;
- Pakistan posted 203-5, which is their joint highest score in the T20s. Previously, Pakistan scored the same total against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2008.
- Pakistan’s 143-run win is the highest margin of a win against a full member ICC team.
Sri Lanka holds the record for the biggest win in T20Is when they defeated the associate member Kenya by 172 runs in 2007.
Before this, Pakistan defeated New Zealand by a margin of 103 runs at Christchurch in 2010.
- The West Indian team got all out for 60 runs making it the 4th lowest total in the T20 history. Other teams on the list of rather disturbingly low scores are Netherlands (39), Nepal (53), and Kenya (56).
- The score by West Indies is the lowest ever against Pakistan by any team.
Pakistan will strengthen their position at the top of the ICC rankings if they win the series against West Indies. The second T20 of the 3-match series will be played today at National Stadium Karachi.