The West Indies will become only the third international team to play a bilateral series on Pakistani soil since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.
The 13-member team and staff arrived late Saturday in two groups and were ushered into a bullet proof bus to their hotel.
Some 1,000 policemen and paramilitary staff were deployed along their route to guard the team, which will fly out soon after the third match on Tuesday night.
International cricketers stopped playing in Pakistan after the 2009 assault, citing safety concerns, and the national team has had to play its home matches in the United Arab Emirates since.
There has been a trickle of internationals and high-profile matches in recent years, however, with an improvement in the security situation.
"We should thank... the West Indies cricket board and their team for the tour," Pakistan skipper Ahmed said Saturday.
"I hope it will be a successful tour and when they go back they will tell players from other countries to come to Pakistan."
Zimbabwe travelled to Lahore for five limited-overs matches in 2015 -- the first since the 2009 attack.
That was followed by the final of the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament last year -- also in Lahore -- which featured several international players, including former West Indies captain Darren Sammy.
Soon after, there was a series against a World XI and a match against Sri Lanka -- all T20s in Lahore.
The West Indies will play three T20s in as many days starting Sunday at National Stadium in Karachi -- Pakistan's largest city. This is the Caribbean side's first tour of the country since 2006.
The venue is hosting international cricket for the first time in nine years. The PSL 2018 final was played at the National Stadium last Sunday, packed with 33,000 fans.
Ahmed was especially pleased with the return of cricket to his home city.
"I am also very excited as I last played an international game here in 2008 against India," he said."
"The credit goes to the whole nation and I hope they will see very good cricket."
Commentary (West Indies innings)
That ends the first game. Got a train to catch. The Windies cannot even give that excuse. To more matches to go, at the same venue, without even a day's break. Are we in for a forgettable series? Hopefully not. Join us at 1930 local (1430 GMT) for the second T20I on Monday, 2nd April, 2018. Before we take our leave, we request you to go through the other international games happening around the globe - NZ vs Eng and SA vs Aus. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Pakistan skipper, SARFRAZ AHMED, thanks the almighty and says that Pakistan played very good tonight. Credits Fakhar Zaman for providing a good start and then Hussain Talat and Shoaib Malik for their displays. On the performance, Sarfraz says that his message to the team was not to relax, not to take the opposition lightly and only focus on their own performance. Is excited about the young guys in the team and is looking forward to see more debutants in the remaining matches.
Windies captain, JASON MOHAMMED, feels that it was going on nicely till the last 2 overs with the ball and blames the batting totally. Puts it on bad execution of shots. For the next match, he says that one has to stay positive as a team and look to do better in the second game. Thanks the crowd for the warm reception.
HUSSAIN TALAT has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Credits the people for supporting him and believing that he belongs in the Pakistan unit. Stresses that he has been wishing for a long time to play for the national side. Says that he was not nervous at all and just trusted his skills.
NAJAM SETHI, PCB chief, thanks the Karachites for coming in large numbers for the game. States that it has provided the board and the team a big boost. Credits Wasim Akhtar for working day and night to get the stadium ready.
They are still getting the stage ready for the presentation. Bet no one would have expected the game to finish so early...
MOHAMMAD AMIR is giving an interview. He says that his role with the new ball is to take wickets. Add that by doing this, the opposition gets under pressure and that is what happened tonight. Further says that the wicket was very good for batting, which is why 200 were made in the first place. But under lights, if one pitches the ball up to the batsman, then he gets spongy bounce which is why Pakistan got so many wickets. On the confidence in the team, he says from the New Zealand tour, the group is gelling well as a unit. Thanks the crowd for supporting them in large numbers and feels privileged to be playing his first international game in Karachi.
Well bowled, Pakistan but tell us the truth. Didn't you feel like a net session with the ball? Or a slightly better feeling than a warm-up match. Because you were bowling against an opposition that did not turn up at all. Mohammad Amir started it with a double-wicket opening over and everyone except Faheem Ashraf got something in the wickets' column.
What to describe in this innings? Probably the fall of wickets will be self-explanatory. 6/1, 8/2, 8/3, 15/4, 27/5, 33/6 ... oh stop it. Just too average to be mentioned. No one stepped up. Way too many soft dismissals with only 3 batsmen reaching double figures. 4 ducks in the innings as well. Ouch.
Demolition. Winning by more than half the runs of one's own score and keeping 38 balls in the bank is tremendous. Absolute mockery of a contest, with the Windies registering their lowest T20I score.
13.4 H Talat to S Badree, OUT! That is the end of the match. A short ball outside off, Badree looks to pull but gets a top edge which goes high in the air. Shoaib Malik runs back from mid-wicket and takes a good catch. Permaul is absent hurt, so PAKISTAN GO 1-0 UP WITH A 143-RUN WIN. 60/9
13.3 H Talat to K Paul, Dropped short, pulled through mid on for one. 60/8
13.2 H Talat to S Badree, Outside off, edged away to third man for a run. 59/8
13.1 H Talat to K Paul, On middle, worked through the leg side for a single. 58/8
Experimentation. Hussain Talat is being given the ball.
12.6 S Malik to S Badree, SIX! Good shot. Full and outside off, Badree comes forward and whips it wide of long on for a biggie! 57/8
12.5 S Malik to S Badree, Full and outside off, Badree comes down the track and looks to flick but misses. The ball goes off his pads past the leg stump towards leg slip. 51/8
12.4 S Malik to S Badree, Quicker and shorter, outside off, punched to the off side. No hat-trick then. 51/8
Rinse. Repeat. One goes in, then goes out. Who comes in now? Everyone is waiting for the new man. The Pakistan players are looking in the direction of the Windies dugout. No one is coming! Aaahhh... someone does come. Samuel Badree. Hat-trick on the cards? He is technically the last man in as Veerasammy Permaul will not bat.
12.3 S Malik to K Williams, OUT! What is in a name? Definitely the saying is worth gold if it reads 0 in front of the name. Williams has come in, taken a good 2-3 minutes to take his guard, mark that and then do some rituals, before going for a big booming drive and edging it to first slip. Thanks for coming. 51/8
Who is next? Kesrick Williams.
12.2 S Malik to R Emrit, OUT! Given. Not convinced though, am I. But who am I to judge? Full and on off, Emrit swings this towards deep mid-wicket. Hussain Talat waits for the ball to come to him and then takes the catch. After that, he looks back like a guilty person who has done something wrong. Has he touched the rope? Hasan Ali running towards him from squarish mid-wicket signals it is out. The umpires are not sure and refer it upstairs. Replays seem to indicate that his back foot is touching the ropes. But the third umpire just sees two replays and flashes OUT on the giant screen. 51/7
Out? Or a six? Hasan Ali signals it is out. But the man who has taken the catch, Hussain Talat, is looking very sheepish. Referred upstairs...
12.1 S Malik to R Emrit, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover. 51/6
11.6 S Khan to K Paul, Hurrah! 50 IS UP FOR THE WINDIES. Some achievement. On middle, Paul whips it through square leg for a couple. 51/6
11.5 S Khan to R Emrit, Full and outside off, slogged to widish long on for a single. 49/6
11.4 S Khan to R Emrit, The googly, not picked, Rayad looks to pull but misses and is hit on the pads. 48/6
11.3 S Khan to R Emrit, The batsman manages only a bottom edge on that one. 48/6
11.2 S Khan to R Emrit, SIX! THRASH! Something to write about for the batting. the traditional leg spinner, outside off, Emrit uses the long levers and sends this sailing over mid-wicket! 48/6
11.1 S Khan to R Emrit, On middle and leg, defended watchfully. 42/6
Shadab Khan switches ends.
10.6 S Malik to K Paul, FOUR! Edged, but how has this not gone to hand? Full and outside off, Paul lunges to defend but the ball takes the outside edge. It goes past Sarfraz Ahmed but also evades Babar Azam at first slip, perfectly bisecting the two! 42/6
10.5 S Malik to R Emrit, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 38/6
10.4 S Malik to K Paul, Another back foot punch, this time for a run. 37/6
10.3 S Malik to R Emrit, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single. 36/6
10.2 S Malik to R Emrit, Outside off, a play and a miss from Emrit. 35/6
Andre Fletcher is giving an interview now. Says that the wicket is pretty good and finds themselves unfortunate for being in such a situation. Hopes to learn from the mistakes in this game, try and finish it well and do nicely in the next one. States that it has been a memorable cricketing career for him so far and he is enjoying himself. Adds that the aim of his team was to restrict Pakistan and then chase the score but...
10.1 S Malik to R Emrit, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 35/6
Shoaib Malik has been brought in now.
9.6 M Nawaz to K Paul, Outside off, Paul looks to cut but misses. 35/6
9.5 M Nawaz to K Paul, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 35/6
9.4 M Nawaz to K Paul, Very full, Paul keeps it out. 35/6
9.3 M Nawaz to R Emrit, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 35/6
9.2 M Nawaz to R Emrit, Outside off, punched off the back foot. 34/6
9.1 M Nawaz to R Emrit, Full and outside off, goes straight through. Emrit pushes but misses. 34/6
8.6 S Khan to R Emrit, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single. 34/6
8.5 S Khan to R Emrit, Very full outside off, nicely blocked. 33/6
8.4 S Khan to R Emrit, Very full outside off, Emrit pushes at it and gets a thick inside edge which just misses the leg stump. 33/6
8.3 S Khan to R Emrit, Around off, defended nicely. 33/6
8.2 S Khan to R Emrit, The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. 33/6
8.1 S Khan to R Emrit, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 33/6
Rayad Emrit is the new man in. He takes a guard but the umpire is not paying attention. On seeing that, Babar Azam from first slip comes forward and helps Emrit. The Pakistan and Windies players are closely knit, as they play a lot of domestic cricket in the Caribbean and in the Middle East.
7.6 M Nawaz to M Samuels, OUT! There goes Samuels, finally. Full and outside off, Samuels looks to slog, but only gets a top edge. The ball swirls in the air but Faheem Ashraf at backward point keeps his eyes on the ball and takes it nicely. Embarrassing... 33/6
7.5 M Nawaz to M Samuels, FOUR! Pin-drop silence in the crowd. On middle, Samuels just works this through mid-wicket. There is a man in the deep but by the time he can move across, the ball meets the ropes. 33/5
7.4 M Nawaz to K Paul, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 29/5
7.3 M Nawaz to K Paul, Around off, pushed towards the bowler. 28/5
7.2 M Nawaz to K Paul, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 28/5
7.1 M Nawaz to M Samuels, On middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 28/5
Mohammad Nawaz is back on.
6.6 S Khan to K Paul, Outside off, very full, Keemo looks to drive but misses. 27/5
6.5 S Khan to K Paul, The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. 27/5
Keemo Paul walks in at number 7, replacing Powell.
6.4 S Khan to R Powell, OUT! Half the side is done and dusted. The match too, as far as the Windies are concerned. On middle, Powell looks to turn this to the leg side but the ball takes the leading edge, off the toe end of the bat and lobs back to the bowler. Simple return catch. 27/5
6.3 S Khan to M Samuels, Chips this down to long on for a single. 27/4
6.2 S Khan to R Powell, Full on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a run. 26/4
6.1 S Khan to M Samuels, Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single. 25/4
Shadab Khan to bowl his leg spin now...
5.6 F Ashraf to R Powell, FOUR! Down the leg side, helped through mid-wicket for another rare boundary. 24/4 in the Powerplay. 24/4
5.5 F Ashraf to R Powell, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 20/4
5.4 F Ashraf to R Powell, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 20/4
5.3 F Ashraf to M Samuels, A short delivery which has been pulled away. One run added to the total. 20/4
5.2 F Ashraf to M Samuels, FOUR! Wow. We get to see a boundary. After that first ball six. A short ball, on middle, Samuels drags it through mid-wicket and finds the boundary. 19/4
5.1 F Ashraf to M Samuels, On a length around off, cutting back in, Samuels looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. 15/4
Faheem Ashraf is the new bowler. Another wicket on the cards?
4.6 H Ali to R Powell, Outside off, Powell looks to run it down to third man but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. A WICKET MAIDEN for Hasan. 15/4
4.5 H Ali to R Powell, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 15/4
4.4 H Ali to R Powell, The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 15/4
4.3 H Ali to R Powell, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 15/4
4.2 H Ali to R Powell, Full and outside off, solidly defended. 15/4
4.1 H Ali to D Ramdin, OUT! Another soft dismissal. The Windies' batsmen are giving good adverts to be a fielding coach. They are finding the fielders with so much precision. Love that. Full on middle, a nothing delivery and to counter that, Ramdin plays a nothing shot. Flicks it straight to Mohammad Nawaz at short mid-wicket. Oh dear... match over? 15/4
Hasan Ali now.
3.6 M Amir to M Samuels, The batsman has played it to the point region. 15/3
3.5 M Amir to M Samuels, Another back foot defense is what we get. 15/3
3.4 M Amir to M Samuels, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 15/3
3.3 M Amir to M Samuels, Outside off, Marlon pushes at it and is squared up. Gets a thin outside edge which falls in front of Sarfraz Ahmed. 15/3
3.2 M Amir to M Samuels, Outside off, Samuels comes down the track and looks to push but misses. 15/3
3.1 M Amir to M Samuels, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The fielder goes for a direct hit but misses the stumps. 15/3
3.1 M Amir to M Samuels, WIDE. Full and well outside off, angling away, Samuels lets it go. 15/3
2.6 M Nawaz to D Ramdin, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 14/3
2.6 M Nawaz to D Ramdin, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed. 14/3
2.5 M Nawaz to D Ramdin, Full on middle, driven straight back. 13/3
2.4 M Nawaz to D Ramdin, Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler. 13/3
2.3 M Nawaz to M Samuels, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. They pick up a single. 13/3
2.2 M Nawaz to M Samuels, FOUR! Lucky! Landed outside off, Samuels looks to flick but gets a leading edge which balloons over covers and speeds away to the boundary! 12/3
2.1 M Nawaz to M Samuels, Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler. 8/3
1.6 M Amir to D Ramdin, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. Scintillating over. 8/3
Denesh Ramdin walks in now, at number 5, replacing his captain.
1.5 M Amir to J Mohammed, OUT! Ctrl plus c 1.3, ctrl plus v 1.5. Jargon? Well, not exactly. It is an exact carbon copy of the Fletcher dismissal, so much so that I am getting tempted to do a copy and paste of that ball. Everything is nearly the same in both balls. The length, the line - outside off, angling away, the batsman playing a loose poke, aerially through the covers and finding Hussain Talat to perfection at cover-point. A 2-ball duck for the 3-match skipper. 8/3
1.4 M Amir to J Mohammed, The batsman gets a bottom edge of the bat on that one. 8/2
Skipper comes in now. Jason Mohammed.
1.3 M Amir to A Fletcher, OUT! Straight to the man! A length ball outside off again, Fletcher tamely pushes it through the line but hits it straight to Hussain Talat at cover-point! Soft, soft dismissal. You either go hard and over the top or play soft strokes along the ground. Nothing mid-way. 8/2
1.2 M Amir to M Samuels, A length ball outside off, Samuels slashes hard and gets a thick outside edge. The ball nearly goes all the way to third man. A single taken. 8/1
1.1 M Amir to M Samuels, Outside off, chipped aerially towards mid off. 7/1
1.1 M Amir to M Samuels, WIDE. Full and wide outside off, Samuels goes hard at that but misses. 7/1
Mohammad Amir to share the attack with Nawaz.
0.6 M Nawaz to A Fletcher, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. What an over - 6, 0, 0, W, 0, 0 - Brilliant! 6/1
0.5 M Nawaz to A Fletcher, Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler. 6/1
Marlon Samuels walks in at number 3, replacing Walton.
0.4 M Nawaz to C Walton, OUT! He is gone now. Nawaz has the last laugh. If you concede a six and then pick a wicket, not a bad deal, eh? Tossed up outside off, Walton comes down the track and looks to go over the top but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Miscues it towards long off and Asif Ali gets a simple catch. A 6 on the first ball, followed by 3 dots... 6/1
0.3 M Nawaz to C Walton, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 6/0
0.2 M Nawaz to C Walton, A quicker ball, Chadwick looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. 6/0
0.1 M Nawaz to C Walton, SIX! TAKE THAT! What a start to the run chase. Short and flat, on middle, Walton goes back and pulls it over square leg! 6/0