Pakistan stretched their dominance over the West Indies in the shorter format of the game as they beat Carlos Brathwaite's men by three runs during the second Twenty20 International on Thursday. This was Pakistan's fifth T20I win on the trot against the West Indies.
Cricingif lists down seven defining moments of the match.
At 52 for 4 in 11 overs, Pakistan hoped for the change of fortunes. They had lost three wickets and accumulated just 18 runs in the last five overs. Pakistan needed a big over and veteran allrounder Shoaib Malik rose to the occasion. He clubbed West Indian captain Carlos Brathwaite for 14 runs in the last four balls of the 12th over in an over that borught 15 runs for Pakistan. Malik smoked Brathwaite’s half-tracker for a massive six over the mid-wicket boundary – which was also the first six of the match. He followed up with two fours in the next three deliveries.
Pakistan had only two wickets in hand when Wahab Riaz caressed his first ball of the innings towards the point fielder for a single during the 17th over. A total of above 120 runs seemed to be a far-fetched idea at that instance but Riaz turned things around in the penultimate over when he stole 15 runs off Kesrick Williams.
Riaz raced to 24 in 10 balls, hitting two sixes and a four. His cause was helped by Jason Holder, whose dropped chance helped him get his first six.
Evin Lewis’ ill-fate got him run out for the second time in the series. After being removed by Ahmed Shehzad’s direct-hit in the first of the four T20Is at Kennington Oval, Lewis collided with Shadab Khan just before the popping crease at the non-striker’s end.
The batsman leaped towards the safe spot after dropping his bat but failed to ground himself despite being well behind the bowling crease. Meanwhile, Imad Wasim’s direct-hit, after a single-handed pick up, dismantled the stumps.
Ahmed Shehzad had to be helped out of the ground in an ambulance (yes, you read that right) towards the end of the third over when the West Indian opener Chadwick Walton crashed into the opening batsman.
A collage of the collusion - AFP
However, Shehzad, after a brief hiatus, hit back to the field.
All eyes were on Shadab Khan when the young leggie was introduced in the seventh over. The 18-year-old bowled back-to-back googlies to Marlon Samuels: the first he mis-timed which yielded no run, and the second was cut for a four. After the second delivery, Samuels had an exchange with Shadab as he pointed towards the area where he deposited him for a four. Shadab acknowledge the challenge with a gentle nod and that was when the observers knew the contest was on between the two.
Shadab treated veteran batsman with his leg-spinners and gave away just a single and a boundary in the next 12 balls, which he darted at Samuels.
Shadab had the last laugh eventually when he made Samuels eat five dot balls in a row during the 13th over before removing him on a googly on the last ball.
It was the West Indian side that suffered the most from the Shadab-Samuels tussle. A fired-up Shadab removed Chadwick Walton with a scorching googly, for the second time in the series, to spark a collapse. In his third over, Shadab picked up two wickets - Kieron Pollard and Rovman Powell - on trot to reduce the hosts to 76 for 5 in 10.4 overs.
Denied a four-wicket haul in the previous match when Kamran Akmal dropped a regulation catch at point, Shadab returned the figures of 4 for 14 that earned him his second Man-of-the-Match award in his first two T20Is.
West Indies required 14 from the last six balls and Sarfraz Ahmed had been protecting Hasan Ali to deliver the last over. The right-armer was a perfect suit for the task, some would argue considering his ability to bowl the cutters.
Big-hitting Sunil Narine opened the over with two consecutive fours. Hasan, however, kept his head clear and duly resorted to bowling off-cutters to the left-hander on a slow wicket.
It yielded the desired result as Narine ran himself out after a couple of plays-and-misses and Windies failed to achieve the target.