Pooran, Powell set up 22-run win
DUBAI, UAE (CMC):
West Indies defeated Emirates Cricket Board X1 by 22 runs yesterday in a warm-up match before their first T20 International of a three-match series against Pakistan.
New recruits to the West Indies T20 squad, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell, inspired the innings with a half century partnership, while Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine shared five wickets.
Badree and Narine conspired to erase a threatening partnership and swung the match firmly in West Indies way for them to eventually coast to an effortless win at the ICC Academy in Dubai.
Badree picked up three wickets for 20 runs, while Narine grabbed two for 21 to restrict Emirates to 144 for six wickets from their 20 overs after West Indies posted 166 for seven.
West Indies, who won the toss and elected to bat, lost top order batsmen Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher and Chadwick Walton cheaply, but aggressive opener Johnson Charles smashed 42 from 32 balls to keep the innings alive.
West Indies were 74 for the loss of four wickets halfway through their innings when Pooran and Powell came together to kick off an explosive phase which produced 55 runs in a fifth-wicket partnership.
Pooran top scored with an undefeated 47 off just 23 balls, in an innings which include four fours and three sixes, while Powell scored 38 from 31 balls, hitting three sixes and picking up a boundary.