A win for new look Windies
Devendra Bishoo (Gallo Images)
St Lucia - Leg spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets as the new-look West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in their Twenty20 international in St Lucia on Thursday.
The Guyanese spinner ran through the Pakistan middle order as they fell short in their chase of West Indies' total of 150 for seven.
West Indies picked a youthful team for the one-off game and the upcoming ODI series, having dropped experienced batsmen Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
One of the young faces, opening batsman Lendl Simmons got West Indies off to a great start with a lively 65 off 44 balls and left-hander Darren Bravo struck 42 off 33 as the Caribbean side brought up their 100 in the 13th over.
But, as so often, Darren Sammy's side failed to build on their good foundation and ended up falling short of a really strong total, with just two other players making double figures.
Pakistan lost both their openers, Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, early but Umar Akmal's 41 from 60 balls put them in with a chance
Bishoo, who caught the eye of West Indies selectors with his performances in regional Twenty20 cricket, then showed his value in the shortest form of the game with some astute bowling.
The vital breakthrough came when Sammmy made a fine catch at extra-cover off Bishoo, to dismiss skipper Shahid Afridi (12) and break up what was a potentially match winning partnership.
Sammy then ran out Mohammand Salman and when Marlon Samuels caught Umar at deep midwicket off Ravi Rampaul, Pakistan were in trouble at 109-7.
But some loose bowling and some spirited resistance from Saeed Ajmal (21 not out) at the end gave the tourists a glimmer of hope and the last pair needed 14 from the final over.
Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell kept his composure, after a no-ball with his first delivery of the over, and the West Indies had cause for celebration at the start of their home campaigns which also includes two tests with Pakistan in May and three against India in June.
LMP Simmons, ADS Fletcher (wk), DP Hyatt, DJG Sammy (capt), MN Samuels, CD Barnwell, DM Bravo, D Bishoo, AD Russell, AR Nurse, R RampaulPakistan:
Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi (capt), Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Salman (wk), Abdur Rehman, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal