Pakistan has managed to retain their number one position in the T20 international rankings following clean sweep of the West Indies team, according to latest ICC rankings.
Pakistan previously led Australia on points but were level on ratings. However, following the 3-0 victory against Windies, Pakistan now sit firmly ahead of the Aussies.
In the latest rankings, Pakistan have gained 4 points and now currently have 130 points. In behind the greens are Australia with 126 points and with 124 points, India are third in T20I rankings.
Recap of Windies Series
Pakistan managed to register a huge total of 203 runs thanks to good start from Fakhar Zaman who scored 39 runs off 24 balls. Hussain Talat, making his debut, scored the highest runs (41) of the innings and the experience of Sarfraz and Malik came handy as they scored 38 off 22 balls and 37 off 14 balls respectively.
In reply, Windies crumbled and could only manage 60 runs. Mohammad Nawaz, Amir and Malik all picked up 2 wickets each. Hussain Talat also took his debut wicket in international cricket in his first over as well.
|1st Innings: Pakistan — 203 for 5|
|2nd Innings: West Indies — 60 all out|
The second match of the series also repeated the same fate for Windies as Pakistan broke their own record for most runs in T20 international as a team with 205 runs. Babar Azam, who scored 97* from 58 balls, was the star of the innings. Babar was supported by Hussain Talat who made his presence known with a blistering 63 runs which included 8 boundaries and 1 maximum.
This time around West Indies tried their level best to chase down the target but fell short by 82 runs. Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowlers as he gave away only 22 runs from his 4 overs and picking up 3 crucial wickets. Hussain Talat and Shadab Khan also picked up 2 wickets.
|1st Innings: Pakistan — 205 for 3|
|2nd Innings: West Indies — 123 all out|
Winning the toss, West Indies tried to change things up and bat first. A half century from Fletcher gave Windies a strong start and with Ramdin’s 42 from 18 deliveries ensured that West Indies put up a dependable total on the board.
However, with Fakhar’s explosive start, Pakistan quickly looked the favorites to win the game. He managed 40 runs in just 17 balls. Following him was Babar Azam who is also in the form of his life – making yet another half century.
Pakistan wrapped up the series with Hussain Talat and Asif Ali, both playing their debut series, at the crease.
|1st Innings: West Indies — 153 for 6|
|2nd Innings: Pakistan — 154 for 2|