A clinical bowling performance from Pakistan helped them successfully defend a below-par score in the second T20 encounter at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday (March 30), as the tourists cling on to a three-run win in a final over thriller.
Chasing a modest 133 for victory, West Indies began their doomed pursuit with an unfortunate run out after a collision between Shadab Khan and Ervine Lewis, but Marlon Samuels came out all cylinders firing as he took the attack to the Pakistani bowlers, particularly Imad Wasim who conceded 19 in his one over. It took another magical spell from the young electric leggie, Shadab Khan, to bring Pakistan back into the contest, as he picked up four wickets for 14, crucially dismissing Samuels on his last delivery of the spell with a well-disguised wrong’un.
It took another magical spell from the young electric leggie, Shadab Khan, to bring Pakistan back into the contest, as he picked up four wickets for 14, crucially dismissing Samuels on his last delivery of the spell with a well-disguised wrong’un. The 18-year-old befuddled West Indies line-up with his clever show, as no batsman was able to discern the difference between his googly leg spin.
After two boundaries in the final over looked to have set the hosts on course of leveling the four-match series, Hasan Ali held his nerves in the dying moments of the game to give Pakistan an unbeatable advantage of 2-0.
Earlier, Pakistan could only manage 132 in their 20 overs after losing the toss. At one stage they were reduced to 95 for 8, but Shadab and Wahab combined for a vital 36-run stand off just 19 balls to propel visitors to a respectable 132, a total that proved to be just enough for West Indies in the end.
The third match will be held at the same venue on April 1, with Pakistan already 2-0 up in the series.
WIvPAK, 2nd T20, Match Summary:
Pakistan 132 (Malik 28, Narine 3-22, Brathwaite 3-37) beat West Indies 129 for 8 (Samuels 44, Shadab 4-14) by three runs
WIvPAK, 2nd T20, Captains’ Comments:
“I think the start wasn’t good but Wahab and Shadab finished well. I said to the guys to field well. The pitch is good but is a bit on the slower side. We are very happy with his (Shadab’s) performance. I think it’s all the team effort. Credit to the guys and the coaching staff, who are doing very well.” Sarfraz Ahmed — captain Pakistan said.
“I think we started beautifully but we let it slip. We dropped a catch that went for six and then misfielded. We have a team plan but it’s upto the guys to execute their individual plans. We came close again but we have improvements. Sometimes we see the result and think we should have done this, we should have done that. I think the plan was right, the execution could have been better.” Carlos Brathwaite — captain West Indies said.