A memorable opening day as Lebanon clinched a thrilling six-wicket win over the West Indies
Debutants Lebanon missed out on the victory on Sunday after they were hit for five successive sixes in a dramatic dying minute to overhaul the West Indies total of 283 for eight, having reached 291 for nine at the close.
Only two teams in history have had the better of the West Indies in their first encounter but Lebanon easily deserve their place in the record books as both teams now carry both the record in boundaries and overs scored.
Late addition Arfan Qadir, who made 15 off six balls, has already broken the record in the shortest form of the game.
T20 international record
West Indies claimed the inaugural T20 record with 286 for nine against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2016. There were also seven sixes hit in the innings with Qadir’s 15 the highest strike rate by any bowler.
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Promising Lebanon batsman Majed Naser played one T20 game for the West Indies in 2016 before returning to the national team, but is yet to play at a senior level. The 24-year-old is trying to emulate the success of his grandfather Ali Naser, a former Lebanese Test player who played 44 games in the 1970s and 80s.
Lebanon are ranked 16th in the World T20, climbing one place in the last two months, while West Indies are eighth in the latest rankings.
In a battle of mediocrity at the 2017 Tri-Nations Series, Bangladesh defeated the West Indies by 20 runs in Dhaka. Bangladesh made 235 for nine off their 20 overs and Wayne Parnell took three wickets for 22 runs, after the Caribbean side had been restricted to 229 for six.
Babar Azam took three wickets for 13 runs against the West Indies on Saturday. Mohammad Nawaz and Usman Khawaja took two apiece.
The West Indies’ chase to victory ended in controversy as they hit four sixes in the dying seconds of their innings. Jahmar Hamilton led a stunning assault to the fence off young legspinner Abdul Rehman who produced a fine all-round display to take four wickets and score 43 as Lebanon were dismissed in 19.1 overs. The post-match incident left Hamilton fuming.