Pakistan beat West Indies in a low-scoring match, the first of a five-match ODI series, thanks to an all-round performance by Shahid Afridi.

[caption id="attachment_1850" align="alignright" width="300"]Afridi performed brilliantly with both bat and ball (Photo: WICB Media) Afridi performed brilliantly with both bat and ball (Photo: WICB)[/caption]

West Indies won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan’s start was a nightmare. Half of the team was back to the pavilion below 50 runs. In what seemed to be another defeat for the green shirts, Shahid Afridi came and salvaged the match for the team. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq also played his part. Although Misbah played a bit slow, but it was the need of the time.

Pakistan managed to make 224 runs, including Afridi’s 76 and Misbah’s 52.

West Indies outshine the tourists in poor batting. Seven of their batsmen could not touch double digits. It was again Afridi here who worked miracles with the ball as well. The hosts were bowled out on as low as 98. It was a hefty 126-run victory for Pakistan.
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