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From Hassan's brilliance to Shehzad’s grittiness
Pakistan tour of West Indies

From Hassan's brilliance to Shehzad’s grittiness

It turned out to be a one-sided affair in the end as Pakistan cruised home comfortably chasing a meagre target of 125. Shahzad and Babar guided their side almost till the end before Malik and Sarfaraz finished the innings in the 19th over.

Cricingif looks at the defining moments of the match.

Walton’s wicket

While the wicket Lewis, the hero of the previous game, gave Pakistan a much-needed boost, it was his opening partner Chadwick Walton this time around who almost imitated his partner’s heroics last night. Walton muscled 4 sixes in his quick-fire 41 before falling at the long on off the bowling off Shadab. West Indies couldn’t sustain their run rate after that, losing wickets at consecutive intervals.

Hassan Ali’s brilliance

After being hit for a mighty six in the second over of the innings, Hassan Ali returned – what proved to be the turning point in the game – for the second spell during the 11th over of the innings and bowled two consecutive maidens, including two wickets and a runout. He bowled Jason Mohammad off the last ball of 11th over, while the first ball of his next over resulted in a runout, courtesy some poor cricket from the Windies and brilliant fielding from Hassan. He followed the runout with the wicket of Samuels who wanted to launch Ali out of the park having hit two sixes in the previous over of Wahab.

Pakistan’s fielding

Pakistan looked an entirely different side in the field as compared to the unit that fielded in the previous game. They were brilliant in the field, except for a dropped catch at the boundary by Malik. Shadab, Ahmad Shahzad and Rumman Raees deserve a special mention for their athleticism in the field that saved many runs for the visitors.

Shehzad’s grittiness

Ahmad Shehzad played a gritty knock, with possibly the poor performances in the previous three games at the back of his mind. He provided a decent start along with Kamran Akmal. After the dismissal of his partner, Shehzad combined with Babar to see Pakistan almost until the end but fell with Pakistan needing 15 off the last 4 overs, after scoring his sixth T20I fifty. Shehzad’s innings included some brilliant stroke-play, but his rotation of strike will be a cause of concern for the coaching staff, though.

The finishing woes

Pakistan were good for the better part of the match, but their batsmen’s habit of throwing away wickets meant that Sarfaraz and Malik had to come in to finish the game. Both Shehzad and Babar were cruising until Shehzad played lost his leg stump while moving across the line for a flick. Babar followed suit as he tried to heave one over the midwicket, but ended up in the hands of the fielder at the midwicket. Throughout the series, Pakistani batsmen haven’t been able to learn how to finish the innings; a factor that their coach had also repented before the last game.