A savage display of power hitting from Evin Lewis and some restrictive bowling by West Indies kept their hopes of leveling the series alive, as they cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third t20 at the Queen’s Park Oval on Saturday (April 2).
Chasing 138 for victory, West Indies lost Chadwick Walton early in the innings after he was held in the deep by Fakhar Zaman, who took a brilliant catch diving forward off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir. Later Marlon Samuels (18) was claimed by Wahab Riaz after he had forged a vital partnership with Evin Lewis to propel West Indies’ tally to 58 in 7.6 overs.
Lewis was at his destructive best today, as he belligerently smashed everything that was thrown at him. The 31-year-old slammed nine sixes and five fours in his 51-ball 91 — the highest score by any batsman against Pakistan in T20Is — as he single-handedly annihilated Pakistan’s well-balanced bowling attack. He particularly took a liking to the young leg-spin sensation Shadab Khan, who conceded 34 in his 3.5 overs, as the hosts successfully hunted down their target with 31 balls remaining.
Earlier, veterans Kamran Akmal (48) and Babar Azam (43) had the visitors well poised at 92 in 12.1 overs, after having lost Ahmed Shehzad(4) and Imad Wasim(0) to Samuel Badree in the first over of the innings. But a full toss from Samuels which Akmal attempted to hit out of the ground instead ended up landing safely in the lap of Lendl Simmons, who was positioned at deep midwicket fence. From that point on, the hosts took control of the game, conceding just 46 in the last seven overs to restrict Pakistan to a below-par 137.
Pakistan lead the four-match series by 2-1, with the final match set to be played tomorrow at the same venue.
WIvPAK, 3rd T20 Match Summary:
West Indies 138 for 3 (Lewis 91) beat Pakistan 137 for 8 (Kamran 48, Babar 43) by seven wickets
“Very pleased with the energy, passion and fire. Everyone fought till the last ball. They looked good for 160 and to keep them down to 130-odd was great. It was a fantastic effort with the ball and then the way Evin Lewis played, even Jason Mohammed who showed great maturity on debut. We will come out tomorrow and look for a series draw. There will be more intensity and heat. We will look to recover and come back and do what is required of us. We will look to do even better and draw the series.” — Carlos Brathwaite, West Indies captain, said.
“I don’t think we put up a good total. Kamran and Babar played well, but after 13 overs, we lost eight wickets. Set batsmen got out and momentum shifted to West Indies. Today was not our day, but credit to West Indies. Evin Lewis played really well.” — Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain, said.
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