With the initial stages of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 underway, the Super 12 teams continued their build-up to the tournament ahead of joining the action in the second round.
Pakistan laid down a marker ahead of the Super 12s with an impressive seven-wicket win over defending T20I World Champions West Indies. Spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan conceded just 13 runs off their five combined overs as the West Indies top order got bogged down in Dubai. A quickfire 23 off 10 balls from captain Kieron Pollard helped the Windies to 130/7, but Pakistan made short work of the target, knocking it off with seven wickets and 27 balls remaining.
Skipper Babar Azam stroked a composed 50(41) at the top of the order, but it was Fakhar Zaman who produced the fireworks, slamming 46 from 24 balls including a maximum to wrap up the win in the 16th over. The three-pronged South Africa twin attack of Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj and Bjorn Fortuin defended a modest 146-run target as the Proteas beat Afghanistan by 41 runs in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan thump Windies, Proteas restrict Afghanistan in warm-up 1

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