Before the West Indies and Pakistan lock horns in the four-Twent20 International series commencing Sunday, here's a look at what has happened when these two sides have met in the bilateral series in the Caribbean.
Pakistan played the only T20I in St Lucia, against a Darren Sammy led West Indies. After winning the toss, West Indies put Afridi’s men to field in the first innings. West Indies scored 150 in 20 overs, Lendl Simons and Darren Bravo scoring 65 and 42 respectively. The pick of the bowlers from Pakistan was Abdul Rehman, picking up 2 wickets for 22 runs in his spell of four overs. Pakistan in response kept losing wickets at regular intervals, with only Umar Akmal playing with relative ease. Seven players combined from both teams debuted in the game. Debutant Divendra Bishoo picked up 4 wickets for 17 runs, and was declared man of the match. Pakistan fell short of the target by 7 runs, and losing the one-match series 1-0.
Pakistan’s last visit to the Caribbean was a successful one. This time the Pakistani T20 side was led by Mohammad Hafeez. They played a two-match T20I series. The first T20I was an absolute nail-biter. Pakistan were set a target of 152 by the West Indians, with their belligerent batting. Kieron Pollard scored 49 in 36 balls, and Darren Sammy scored a quick-fire 30 in 17 balls. A 35-year old Zulfiqar Babar picked up 3 wickets on his debut. Pakistan’s chase was boosted by the second debutant of the game, Umar Amin. He scored 47 off 34 balls with 9 boundaries. An Afridi blitz of 46 in 27 balls with 4 boundaries and 2 sixes to his name, almost took Pakistan over the line. With 1 run remaining off the last ball, Zulfiqar Babar hit a six to win the first T20I.
The second T20I was in St Vincent where Pakistan won the toss and batted first. Pakistan posted a low target of 135 (only Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad scoring 46 and 44 respectively). Sunil Narine, for the West Indies picked up 3 for 26 in his four overs. Pakistan bowled as a unit, picking up four early wickets. The top four West Indian batsmen scoring 5 runs combined. Despite the tail scoring some runs, Pakistan won the match by 11 runs, and won the T20I series 2-0. Umar Akmal received the man of the match award, while Zulfiqar Babar claimed the man of the series award in his first outing for Pakistan.