Salvage job for Windies in 3rd T20I
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 1:22
Shadab Khan gave another match-winning bowling performance as Pakistan sneaked to a three-run victory over the West Indies in the second T20 worldwide on Thursday.
Playing in front of a crowd of more than 6,000, the diminutive left-hander went ballistic upon the Pakistani bowlers, striking five fours and an incredible nine sixes from just 51 balls, as the Windies successfully chased 138 on a docile Queen's Park Oval pitch to claim their first victory in six worldwide matches on home soil for the year.
His heroics came after Pakistan had struggled for momentum having won the toss, Kamran Akmal (48), Babar Azam (43) and Fakhar Zaman (21) the only ones to offer any resistance.
Unlike in the second game, when West Indies came up three runs short despite only chasing 133, the hosts made light work of claiming the win.
The West Indies still trail Pakistan by 2-1 with one game left to play.
Earlier, there was an eventful start to the Pakistan innings, when Ahmed Shehzad swung the very first delivery of the match from Badree to the deep backward square leg boundary for four.
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However, Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam got together and batted brilliantly to rescue their team from disaster.
For West Indies, Sunil Narine and Captain Carlos Brathwaite took 3 wickets each.
But Akmal and Babar stemmed the fall of wickets with purposeful batting, carrying Pakistan to 42 for two at the end of the Power Play.
Shadab followed up debut figures of 3-7 in the tourists' six-wicket victory in Bridgetown on Sunday with 4-14 as Pakistan successfully defended a total of 132, restricting Windies to 129-8 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
On the other hand, West Indies displayed fine bowling skills as they staved off Pakistan's plan to set a mighty target.
A stand of 76 for the third wicket with debutant Jason Mohammed (17 not out) saw Lewis smash 56 - including 22 off one Sohail Tanvir (1-40) over. Shadab Khan has been the most successful bowler for Pakistan in this series and the visitors will be depending on the youngster to guide them to a much-needed series win.