Hasan, Shehzad lead Pakistan to series victory in 4th T20

Ahmed Shehzad

A clinical performance from Pakistan in the final encounter helped them take the T20 series 3-1, as they beat West Indies by seven wickets at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday (April 3).

After being asked to bat first by Sarfraz Ahmed, West Indies were restricted to just 124 in their allotted 20 overs courtesy some superb restrictive bowling display by the visitors, especially Hasan Ali who returned figures of 2-12, including two maidens. Shadab Khan finished with 2-16 in his four overs, also earning the Man of the Series honors.

Chadwick Walton top scored with 40, while Carlos Brathwaite made 37 — surpassing his previous best that he scored at the World T20 final against England.

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It was the first time ever that Pakistan bowled three maidens in a T20 game, and also the only instance when the reigning World T20 champions conceded 18 dot balls on the trot.

Chasing a modest 125 for victory, Shehzad (53) and Babar (38) forged a vital partnership to ensure Pakistan comfortably cruise to victory with an over to spare. But both men perished before the end of play, leaving the Sarfraz and Malik to provide finishing touches to what proved to be an easy run-chase for the visitors in the end.

The two teams will now meet in Guyana on April 7 for the first match of the all-important three-match ODI series.

WIvPAK, 4th T20 Match Summary:

Pakistan 127 for 3 (Shehzad 53) beat West Indies 124 for 8 (Walton 40, Hasan 2-12, Shadab 2-16) by seven wickets

Captains’ Comments:

“I really cannot put my finger on anything but we just did not do well today. After the start we had, we were looking to cruise to a big total. We were planning to set a total of 150 but we did not even get close which cost us dear. Rotation of strike is very important but so is keeping wickets in hand. Had we had around 50 dot balls, it could have been different. As a team, the attitude and the fight that we showed would hold us good going forward.” — Carlos Brathwaite, West Indies captain, said.

“Credit goes to the players, especially the bowlers who did the job for us. The plan was to use Shadab outside the powerplays. The fielding was the best we’ve seen in a long time. Looking forward to the ODI series coming up.” — Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain, said.

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