DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): Reigning World champions West Indies were humbled by Pakistan in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday, after virtually condemning themselves with a feeble batting effort at the Dubai International Stadium. Sent in, they recovered from a shocking position of 48 for eight in the 12th over to stumble to 115 all out with a ball remaining in the innings, and Pakistan wasted little time in cruising to their target in the 15th over, to complete an uncomplicated nine-wicket victory and take a valuable 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was the only one to emerge from the encounter with any semblance of pride, striking a top score of 55 from 54 balls under pressure. Spinner destroys WI The damage was done by left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, who ripped through the innings with a Man-of-the-Match spell of five for 14 from his four overs. In reply, Pakistan never looked in danger of botching their run chase and Babar Azam made sure of this with a fluent unbeaten 55 off 37 deliveries. In only his second T20 International, the right-hander smashed six fours and two sixes and posted a match-winning, unbroken 88-run, second wicket stand with opener Khalid Latif who made a patient 34 not out from 32 balls. With the second T20 International scheduled for today at the same venue, West Indies were left with several problems to solve in a short space of time. Without the experience of axed captain Darren Sammy and the unavailable Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, West Indies stumbled and stuttered from the outset. Imad became the first Pakistani spinner to take a five-wicket haul in T20s. When Sunil Narine (1) failed to beat Latif’s direct hit from mid-off on a badly judged quick single, West Indies were in a deep hole but Bravo bailed them out with a quality knock which included four fours and two sixes. He started slowly with his first 18 runs requiring 32 balls but accelerated to reach his fourth T20I half-century off 50 balls. He took 13 runs from the 15th over bowled by Tanvir and combined with Tylor to garner 19 from the following over from seamer Hasan Ali – the most expensive over of the innings. Bravo raised his half-century in the 19th over by clearing the ropes at cover with left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz but perished in the deep off the penultimate delivery of the innings, with West Indies desperately chasing runs. The Windies then needed an early breakthrough to remain in the game but none came, as Sharjeel Khan hammered three fours and a six in a 17-ball 22, to dominate an opening stand of 28 with Latif. And even when he bowled by leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the fourth over, Latif and Babar kept Pakistan on course with positive stroke-play.
Dear Editor,Attorney General Mr Basil Williams has failed abysmally to account for his dismal performance in office over the three years. His modus operandi of blaming me; the PPP Government; the staff at the AG’s Chambers, both past and present; and even judges, has not worked. The public has simply not bought into his story. As a result, desperation is stepping in.The string of failures has been unending, the latest being the case involving H.N. Sugrim. This case finally exposed Williams beyond redemption, (and) he knows it. It was filed after the PPP left office in June 2015, (and) it concluded in 2017. It was a winnable case, yet he lost it. The contract provided for the lodgment of a performance bond by the contractor within a stipulated time frame. The contract further stipulated that a failure to lodge that performance bond would be a basis for its termination. No performance bond was lodged. The contract was terminated on this very basis. This would have been an unassailable defence, once put forward by competent counsel, yet the case was lost. This case commenced and ended while the PPP was out of office, the press and public quickly realized how clumsy it is for Williams to blame the PPP.Obviously, Mr Williams recognizes this. He is again caught with his pants down. This time however, the time frames were clear: the PPP cannot sensibly be blamed for this case. He now has to come up with another distraction in order to divert attention from this abject failure. So, after a long and exhaustive rant at a recent press conference, most of which consisted of recklessly inaccurate assertions unworthy of a response, he announces that the Police will be called in to investigate “outsourced cases”.Imagine, after three years of holding office, this gentleman still claims ignorance of cases pending against the State. That admission alone should be the basis of his dismissal.The truth of the matter is: there is only one person for the Police to investigate in this matter; it is Mr. Basil Williams. The offence is “Misconduct in Public Office”. If I am contacted by the Police, that is the report I will make. I will supply all the details of the negligence about which I speak.Sincerely,Anil Nandlall, MP