West Indies vs Pakistan, 4th T20I, Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2017

Sarfraz marches up, collects the silverware and calls his team upon to pose with the Champions board. If this series was any indication, this could well be the first of a few more on this tour. A huge moment this for all the youngsters, products of the PSL, who’ve stepped up here in rescuing their side just when things seemed to slip away from there. Until the seventh of April, it is time for us to pack our bags from the Caribbean. I’ve been Vineet Anantharaman in the company of Sagar Chawla and Venkatesh bringing you the action. Ta ta!!

Shadab Khan, Man of the Series: “I was bowling slightly faster yesterday. I worked on that and it made a huge difference as I was getting the ball to turn. I don’t mind bowling to either left or right handers.”

Brathwaite: “I really cannot put my finger on anything but we just did not do well today. After the start we had, we were looking to cruise to a big total. We were planning to set a total of 150 but we did not even get close which cost us dear. Rotation of strike is very important but so is keeping wickets in hand. Had we had around 50 dot balls, it could have been different. As a team, the attitude and the fight that we showed would hold us good going forward.”

Sarfraz: “Credit goes to the players, especially the bowlers who did the job for us. The plan was to use Shadab outside the powerplays. The fielding was the best we’ve seen in a long time. Looking forward to the ODI series coming up.”

Hasan Ali, Man of the Match: “The plan was to bowl wicket to wicket. Yesterday’s match wasn’t all that good but the plan was to bowl into the pitch today. Yes, there was a bit of reverse swing around.”

Pakistan wouldn’t complain, not everyday do you get to inflict a 3-1 drubbing away from home. Against the World Champs too. This Windies side had some serious world beaters too, most of whom would now be on their flight for the madness in India. Sets the remainder of the One-Day leg up perfectly for them. Hang in there, the presentations coming your way..

All too easy. Pakistan did try their best towards the end in spicing up matters. But in the end, a target as sub-par as this just did not merit any competition. A good time for Shehzad to hit his straps and find himself some form and he used the opportunity to get himself some spot-saving runs. Babar Azam once again showed how it looks to be elegant while spanking boundaries. Nothing went the way of the Windies in their defence of 125. Pollard hurting his knee at the fence, catches being put down, misfields and some wayward bowling. Eventually, it was the 66 dot balls with the bat in their hands that came back to haunt them.

18.6 Holder to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, seals it in style. Gets a wide tired full toss for help and Malik this time stoops, crouches and stabs it square. That’s the series to Pakistan. 3-1

18.5 Holder to Sarfraz, 1 run, a desperate adventurous tap and a run. To cover. And had he connected with his throw, it could have been curtains. 2 runs needed. Final delivery?
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Shehzad, Hasan Ali shine in Pakistan’s series-winning performance

PAKISTAN IN WEST INDIES, 2017

Shehzad, Hasan Ali shine in Pakistan’s series-winning performance

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 06:14 AM

Disciplined bowling followed by Shehzad-Azam’s 70-run second-wicket stand sealed the fourth T20I in Pakistan’s favour. © AFP

The fourth Twenty20 International (T20I) between Pakistan and West Indies ended up being a no-contest as the touring side outclassed the hosts in all departments to take the series 3-1 on Sunday (April 2) at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad. Unlike the popular case is in most T20Is where the bat dominates the ball, this contest was marked by a slightly unheard or unused word in the format – middle overs. After choking the hosts to a mediocre 124 and setting out to chase it down, the tourists romped home in a canter, winning the game by seven wickets with an over to spare.

All eyes were on Evin Lewis after Pakistan invited the hosts to bat first, but the danger was doused off as early as the third over when Imad Wasim drew first blood. Chadwick Walton went after the bowling, hitting as many as four sixes to hold the West Indies in good stead. But once Shadab Khan removed the wicketkeeper-batsman for his 31-ball 40, West Indies’ innings reared off into the dark.

Hasan Ali, who was bowling his second over, troubled Jason Mohammed throughout the over before sending him back on the final delivery with a sharp inswinging ball. When he came back to bowl his next over, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuels departed off back to back balls, leaving no scope for the hosts to recover from there. By the end of that over, Hasan Ali had bowled back to back maiden overs.

A flurry of dot balls in the middle overs, if they ever existed in this format, choked the West Indies and by the time, their skipper Carlos Brathwaite struck two sixes and two fours during his 24-ball 37, the West Indies had already done much damage to themselves to only end up with 124 for 8 in 20 overs. Having played out 66 dot balls in the innings, the hosts had pushed themselves against the wall and it would have needed an outstanding bowling effort to deny Pakistan the edge in reply.

On a wicket that was being used for the second time in as many days, Pakistan openers put together 40 runs, dismissing any debate about the slowness of the wicket, if at all. Once Kamran Akmal was dismissed after playing a smart hand of 20 runs, Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam got together for the best partnership of the match, stringing together 70 runs. The duo ran 30 of those runs, while finding the fence quite regularly.

Shehzad raised his 6th T20I fifty in the 16th over and with only 15 more needed to win, he shuffled across too much to be bowled around his legs. The other set batsman in Babar Azam followed his partner back into the hut, having added valuable 38 runs.

Shoaib Malik was joined in by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and they completed the formalities without much hassles. Malik was dropped on 2 but he quickly redeemed himself to hit a four and take the visitors over the line. In the process, the former skipper also became the second-highest run-getter for Pakistan in the shortest format of the game.

Brief Scores: West Indies 124/8 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 40, Carlos Brathwaite 37*; Hasan Ali 2-12, Shadab Khan 2-16) lost to Pakistan 127/3 in 19 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 53, Babar Azam 38; Kesrick Williams 2-16) by seven wickets.

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Pakistan beat West Indies by seven wickets to take series 3-1

Pakistan reached 127-3 in 19 overs in reply to West Indies’ 124-8. (Source: Twitter) Pakistan reached 127-3 in 19 overs in reply to West Indies’ 124-8. (Source: Twitter)

Ahmed Shehzad scored 53 in 45 balls as Pakistan beat West Indies by seven wickets in the fourth and final Twenty20 match on Sunday to take the series 3-1.

Pakistan reached 127-3 in 19 overs in reply to West Indies’ 124-8.

The tourists won the toss at Queen’s Park Oval and put West Indies into bat with Chadwick Walton top-scoring on 40 with four sixes and two boundaries.

From 52-1, West Indies slumped to 83-7 as Hasan Ali (2-12) and Shadab Khan (2-16) performed economical spells.

Some late hitting from Carlos Brathwaite, who made an undefeated 37 from 24 balls, gave West Indies something to bowl at but it looked unlikely to be enough.

Pakistan opener Kamran Akmal fell to Samuels for 20 but Shehzad pressed on in partnership with Babar Azam (38) to take his team to the brink of victory. With the target down to 15, both were dismissed in quick succession by Kesrick Williams, who bowled Shehzad with the last ball of one over and had Azam caught by substitute Rovman Powell with the first ball of his next.

Sarfraz Ahmed survived the hat-trick ball and Shoaib Malik was dropped before the pair saw Pakistan across the line with an over to spare.

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Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan is pure gold, says Dean Jones

Shadab Khan made his T20I debut for Pakistan against West Indies. Shadab Khan made his T20I debut for Pakistan against West Indies.

No player has made his T20I debut with so much success as Shadab Khan of Pakistan. The leg-spinner has picked up seven wickets in his first two T20 internationals and led Pakistan to victory in both matches against West Indies. He was handed his debut in March in the first T20 international in which he picked up three wickets for seven runs. He picked two wickets in his first over itself. The debut performance was no fluke as he led Pakistan to second straight win in the second match, picking up four wickets.

The 18-year-old had impressed one and all with his performance and before this the spinner had impressed coaches in the Pakistan Super League. Dean Jones and Wasim Akram, coaches of the Islamabad United, for which Shadab played, were impressed by him.

“The very first time Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said, ‘this boy is pure gold’,” Jones told PakPassion. “He is an interesting player to coach and I have said this before as well, that for an 18-year-old-kid he has the head of a 30-year-old on him. He has pretty much hit the ground running and yes, he will get whacked a few times in his career but Pakistan have something special there.”

“He did come in with a few technical difficulties with his action and run-up, and we helped him with it during the PSL. We spoke with him about, and gave examples of Shane Warne, whom he admires a lot. We also mentioned the technique of Mushtaq Ahmed to him as well. Then we also brought up the name of Stuart MacGill to show him how all of these spinners got close to the crease,” he said.

Shadab’s success has been mainly because of his wrong’un which troubled the batsmen in West Indies and also in the PSL. Most batsmen failed to pick it up and were either bowled or struck on the pads.

Shadab Khan’s 7 wickets so far in the T20I series against West Indies #Cricket #WIvPAK pic.twitter.com/cLhO8zOb2y — Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 1, 2017

“We had to get him to straighten his run-up a bit to achieve this, we had to get him to train on special ‘dance’ steps to accustom himself to a straightened run-up. These were dance steps marked on the carpet of his hotel room so that he could practice before going to sleep and within a week or so, he was all set with this revised run-up and ready to go. He went from an Abdul Qadir type approach to the crease to a much straighter one now,” Jones added.

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Evin Lewis heroics keep West Indies alive in T20I series against Pakistan

Evin Lewis starred in West Indies’ chase of 138 runs. (Source: ICC) Evin Lewis starred in West Indies’ chase of 138 runs. (Source: ICC)

Opener Evin Lewis scorched Pakistan for 91 as the West Indies finally neutralised newcomer Shadab Khan and won the third Twenty20 on Saturday. Pakistan, electing to bat first, squandered a good partnership between Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam to score an underwhelming 137-8. Lewis, who’d scored 10 and 3 in the first two losses, led the chase with 91 off 51 balls, falling two balls from the end as West Indies reached a winning 138-3 in the 15th over.

Khan, the teen legspinner who’d mesmerised the West Indies in the first two matches, was run over by Lewis like the rest of the bowlers. Khan conceded six in his first over, seven in his second, and was smacked for two sixes by Lewis in his third. In Khan’s fourth and final over, Lewis hit him for six but was out two balls later, caught at long off.

Lewis smashed nine sixes and five boundaries. The next ball, new batsman Lendl Simmons hit the winning boundary. Lewis dominated a second-wicket partnership of 56 with Marlon Samuels (18), and 76 with the recalled Jason Mohammed (17 not out). Lewis and Samuels got the fightback going from the fourth over, when they took 11 runs. Lewis plundered 18 off medium-fast bowler Sohail Tanvir in the penultimate over.

Pakistan was unchanged after winning the first two T20s but started badly. Ahmed Shehzad, last seen taken off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace on Thursday, was cleared to play but he was out in the second ball of the match, charging and missing West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree. In the same opening over, Imad Wasim was stumped for a duck. Akaml and Azam fought back well with a partnership worth 88 runs, until Akmal was caught on the midwicket boundary off Marlon Samuels. He made 48 off 37 balls, including two sixes.

Azam was on 34 at the time. He hit his first six then was out straight after for 43 off 38 balls, bowled by Sunil Narine in the 16th over. Pakistan slumped. Only one more ball was sent past the boundary. The fourth and last T20 is on Sunday at the same ground.

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West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Trinidad Cricket Photos

Ahmed Shehzad was involved a nasty collision with Chadwick Walton and had to be stretchered off the field. He returned to action later in the second innings.
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West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2017

Unlike for all of us, Shadab Khan’s teenage doesn’t embarrass him. He’s revelling in it with match honours in all the international games he’s played so far. Not so bad, is it? Pakistan have a 2-0 lead then, and can’t lose this series. West Indies, well, were held hostage by their own demons, with their last five T20Is against Pakistan reading: LLLLL. The two T20Is take place here, in the next three days. Join Abhishek Chaudhary, Vineet Anantharaman and Venkatesh for it. And me, Pratyush Sinha, too. See you guys in a while, ta-ta!

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Sarfraz Ahmed – captain, Pakistan: “I think the start wasn’t good but Wahab and Shadab finished well. I said to the guys to field well. The pitch is good but is a bit on the slower side. We are very happy with his (Shadab’s) performance. I think it’s all the team effort. Credit to the guys and the coaching staff, who are doing very well.”

Shadab Khan – Man of the Match: I think the pitch was the same, perhaps slower than Barbados. It had more spin. Marlon Samuels’s wicket came at a good time; he was playing well. (translated from Hindi/Urdu)

Carlos Brathwaite – captain, West Indies: “I think we started beautifully but we let it slip. We dropped a catch that went for six and then misfielded. We have a team plan but it’s upto the guys to execute their individual plans. We came close again but we have improvements. Sometimes we see the result and think we should have done this, we should have done that. I think the plan was right, the execution could have been better.”

Ian Bishop is on with the presentations..

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Marlon Samules was sublime during his 35-ball 44. And looked more so, with batsmen surrendering to Shadab’s rookie legspin. Walton, Pollard and Powell all fell to him, with Hasan Ali chipping in with Simmons’s wicket in the middle. West Indies had lost 4 wickets in 16 balls. And then Samuels fell too, edging Shadab behind to hand figures of 4 for 14. Brathwaite was undone by a Wahab Riaz bone-driller and then Hasan Ali happened to cricket. Pakistan won. West Indies lost.

04:00pm local: 14 to defend off the last over, Hasan Ali is smacked for two boundaries off the first two balls. This is a done deal for West Indies. They will win it. A dot ball sort of brings Pakistan back into it, but hey, the next ball is a wide down leg. West Indies have a 1-1 in their pockets. Who’ll stop them? 5 off 3 needed. Batting sides win from here. World Champions certainly will, playing at home. But then Hasan Ali is held hostage by his own genius. He bowls a dot ball, manufactures a run out and then heartlessly ensures that the last ball is a super over-killer.
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West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I: Pakistan win by 3 runs

Pakistan posted only 132 on the board. Pakistan posted only 132 on the board.

In a low scoring affair, Pakistan beat West Indies in the second T20 international by three runs after defending 132 on Thursday. Batting first, Pakistan lost regular wickets but managed to get to 132. West Indies were cruising at one stage before Shadab Khan had Marlon Samules caught behind. Shadab picked up four wickets for 14 runs. West Indies could not make the most of the good start and were 129 for nine wickets at the end.

West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I

0130 hrs IST: Pakistan win! Hasan Ali has defended 14 runs off the final over. Only a single on the final ball. Pakistan lead the series 2-0!

0125 hrs IST: Hasan Ali has bowled a wide down the leg side after bowling a dot ball. West Indies need 5 off 3 balls. Dot ball and West Indies need 5 off 2 balls

0124 hrs IST: Another four! Full toss to Narine who smashes it over the bowler’s head for four. Wesr Indies need 6 off 4. The next one is a dot ball

0122 hrs IST: Four! Sunil Narine you beauty! He hits the first ball for four through mid-wicket. On the leg side and just smacked it

0121 hrs IST: Final over coming up and West Indies need 14 runs to win the match and level the series. Hasan Ali to bowl the overs

0110 hrs IST: West Indies need 30 runs from 18 balls to level this years. Sohail Tanvir will bowl to Brathwaite

0051 hrs IST: WICKET! Has Shadab Khan turned it around? Marlon Samuels is caught behind as Shadab’s fourth wicket. West Indies are 86 for the loss of six wickets

Ahmed Shehzad is back on the field after been taken out on the stretcher earlier!

0042 hrs IST: WICKET! Shabad Khan has two in two. Powell has no clue about that delivery and is bowled. He is on a hat-trick

0040 hrs IST: WICKET! So Shadab Khan once again strikes. Pollard tries to go down the pitch but misses the ball as it turns away from him. Stumped

0037 hrs IST: Samuels is batting on a different level! Brilliant shot through covers. Consecutive boundaries.

0033 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket for Pakistan. Hasan has struck. Brilliant bowling from the pacer. Simmons leg before

0027 hrs IST: WICKET! Shadab Khan does it again! Googly from him to dismiss Walton. Bowled. Brilliant bowling

0025 hrs IST: West Indies are going strong against Pakistan. 50-run stand between Samuels and Walton up. West Indies are 60 for 1

0019 hrs IST: Six overs gone and West Indies are 35 for the loss of one wicket. Shadab Khan will be bowling now for Pakistan

0000 hrs IST: Another collision. Walton is running to make his ground and Shehzad is trying to pick the ball. Walton’s knee has hit straight into Shehzad’s back neck! This is nasty. Shehzad is in pain and is unable to get up. Walton is up. Arthur and the medical staff is out on the field. Shehzad is being stretched off the field. Looks conscious but collision was nasty

2350 hrs IST: WICKET! Evin Lewis has to go. Run out by Imad Wasim. This is bizarre. Lewis has lost his bat after colliding with Shadab at back-up. His foot is in the air and third umpire has given him out

2344 hrs IST: Imad Wasim will open the bowling for Pakistan with Evin Lewis and Walton to open the innings for West Indies

2329 hrs IST: Pakistan bowled out for 132 on the final ball of the innings. West Indies need 133 to win the second match and level the series

2314 hrs IST: What on earth! Pakistan lose another wicket as Carlos Brathwaite with a brilliant diving catch to dismiss Imad Wasim. Pakistan are 95 for the loss of 8 wickets

2311 hrs IST: Goner! Sunil Narine has his third wicket as Tanvir is leg-before. Pakistan lose three wickets in eight balls

2308 hrs IST: WICKET! Another big wicket for West Indies. Sarfraz is caught at backward point! Brilliant catch from Samuels and Pakistan are 6 down

2304 hrs IST: WICKET! Big wicket for West Indies as Shoaib Malik pulls it straight to deep square leg. Brathwaite has a wicket and Pakistan lose half of their team

2257 hrs IST: 13 overs gone and Pakistan have made 74 for the loss of four wickets. Shoaib Malik showing how it’s done

2250 hrs IST: Pakistan still not able to recover from the early and regular blows! They are four down. Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed at the crease

Hey guys how about hitting the ball down the ground.. the message is not going through even after years of batting blunders!! — Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) 30 March 2017

2240 hrs IST: WICKET! Fakhar Zaman is caught at deep midwicket. Disastrous for Pakistan. Second wicket for Badree. Outside off and Zaman sweeps it only to top edge it to the fielder

2234 hrs IST: WICKET! Now Sunil Narine has Ahmed Shehzad caught at short mid-wicket! This is a horrible start for Pakistan. Two new batsmen at the crease

2229 hrs IST: WICKET! Second wicket for West Indies as Babar Azam is caught behind. Extra bounce on that delivery and Azam could not keep it low

2219 hrs IST: 10 runs off the over for Pakistan and they have moved on to 25 for the loss of one wicket after five overs. Williams to bowl not. Final over of powerplay

2215 hrs IST: Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad are trying to rebuild the innings for Pakistan. Pacers from both end for West Indies

2201 hrs IST: WICKET! What a start for West Indies. Badree has knocked down the off stump of Kamran Akmal. Pakistan lose their first wicket in the first over

2159 hrs IST: Samuel Badree will bowl the first over of the day, Kamran Akmal will be on strike for Pakistan

2155 hrs IST: Moments away from live action in Port of Spain. Pakistan will come out to bat first against West Indies, who won the toss

2137 hrs IST: Fakhar Zaman makes his international debut as Pakistan drop Mohammad Hafeez for this contest. Big day for the batsman

2134 hrs IST: Pakistan too chased down the modest total with ease in the series opener. It remains to be seen whether West Indies could do the same in a crucial contest. A defeat here would give the visitors an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

2130 hrs IST: TOSS! The coin goes for a flip and it lands in West Indies favour. The hosts elect to field first in the 2nd T20I of the four-match series

2123 hrs IST: Pakistan outplayed the hosts in the first match. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan impressed everyone with his mystery while Shoaib Malik played a decent hand to finish the modest chase for the visitors

2115 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the second T20 international match between West Indies and Pakistan from Port of Spain. Pakistan lead the four-match series 1-0.

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Afghanistan to play three ODIs, three T20Is in West Indies

A NEW OPPONENT FOR AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan to play three ODIs, three T20Is in West Indies

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Wed, 29 Mar, 2017, 11:47 PM

Afghanistan beat West Indies in their last encounter at the 2016 World T20. © Getty

Afghanistan are all set to play their first full series against a Full Member other than Zimbabwe when they tour West Indies for three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals this year in June. With West Indies failing to qualify for the Champions Trophy in England, the limited-overs series will be held around the same time as the multi-team event in England. The two sides have never faced each other in the 50-over format before.

The T20I matches will be held at Warner Park in St Kitts with the first match scheduled for June 2. The first ODI will be held at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on June 9. The other two ODIs will also be played at the same venue with the tour ending on June 14.

The last time these two sides met was in the World T20 last year in which Afghanistan surprisingly came out on top by six runs. With only the top eight teams gaining a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England, West Indies will be desperate to topple Pakistan, who are currently placed eighth. With Pakistan also scheduled to play three ODIs in the Caribbean islands now, the home side will be looking to make use of these six games to make up for lost ground.

“It will also be an important series for our side, as they look to move up in the ICC World Rankings in the two formats, and continue their quest to qualify for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales,” Roland Holder, WICB Manager of Cricket Operations, said on Wednesday (March 29).

As per the original schedule, the two sides were scheduled to play five ODIs and T20Is but now two 50-over matches have been scrapped.

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