Pakistan rode to their second bi-lateral T20I series win against the West Indies in the Caribbean Islands on Sunday on the back of match-winning performances by Hasan Ali and Ahmed Shehzad.
Less than 24 hours after a dominating 51-ball 91 by Evin Lewis, Hasan Ali found himself bowling to the left-handed batsman as an attacking bowler in the absence of Sohail Tanvir. The 23-year-old did not have an ideal start: he started off with a wide and Lewis launched him for a massive six over the long-off boundary on his third ball. But the right-armer turned things on for Pakistan when he returned for his second spell. He did not concede a run in his two back-to-back overs and accounted for the wickets of Jason Mohammad and Marlon Samuels. He finished with the figures of 2 for 12.
After a premeditated stroke accounted for his wicket on the second ball of the match last day, Ahmed Shehzad calmly searched for his chances. He got off the mark with a scintillating cover drive off Samuel Badree - on the second ball of the match - that went for four. The boundary, however, was made possible by Kieron Pollard’s poor effort. Shehzad kept the scoreboard ticking with Kamran Akmal at the other end, and when his partner fell he took the charge of Pakistan’s chase. He scored 53 out of 45 balls, smacking six 4s and a maximum. Shehzad brought up his sixth T20I fifty with a well-controlled drive through covers off Kesrick Williams in the 16th over just a ball before he exposed his stumps from the leg-side for the bowler to remove him.