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

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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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Pakistan: 20 people killed by ‘mentally ill’ custodian of dargah

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At least 20 people, including six members of a family, were killed at a dargah allegedly by its mentally disturbed custodian and his associates in Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to Deputy Commissioner Liaqut Ali Chatha, the incident took place at the dargah of Muhammad Ali Gujjar in a village in Sargodha district, some 200 km from Lahore, at around midnight on Saturday.

The custodian, Abdul Waheed was apparently suffering from serious mental health issues, Chatha said. Chatha said it appeared that the caretakers of the dargah had first drugged the visitors, stripped them and then stabbed and clubbed 20 people, including three women, to death.

Police official Mazhar Shah said that the motive behind the crime has not been ascertained yet but locals have said that from last two years the suspect used to visit the area for ‘spiritual sessions’ with the disciples. “We have taken five people, including the caretakers of the dargah — Waheed and Yousuf, into custody for interrogation,” Chatha said.

Three persons, including two women, have been injured. They have been shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be critical. People would come to the dargah for “cleansing” their sins and allow the caretakers to beat them with clubs. “But in this case the visitors were first drugged and then stabbed with daggers and hit with clubs, apparently during the cleansing process,” Chatha said.

According to senior police officer Bilal Iftikhar, one injured witness also said there was a clash between two groups of the caretakers of the dargah over its possession. Twenty people of both groups, including six members of one family, were killed, the police officer said.

“We have launched an investigation into all aspects of this case to ascertain the facts of this gory incident,” Iftikhar said. A heavy contingent of police was deployed at the dargah soon after the incident and a search operation was launched in adjoining areas. An emergency has been declared in hospitals in Sargodah.

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MOM teaser: Sridevi’s film impresses audience in Pakistan, and there is a reason. Watch video

Sridevi’s MOM teaser promises a nail-biting thriller. Sridevi’s MOM teaser promises a nail-biting thriller.

MOM motion poster had a monologue of Nawazuddin Siddiqui telling us how a mother’s love is selfless and doesn’t change with time. If that had left you intrigued, then you must watch the film’s teaser, which we can bet will leave your curiosity soaring, seeking answers to so many questions. Ever since MOM’s teaser has released, it has received over 1.2 million views and 10,499 likes on YouTube in 24 hours. The video has received over 900 comments, most of which have apparently come from the Pakistani audience. If you are wondering why, then we must tell you that the girl who plays the daughter of Sridevi is a famous Pakistani actor named Sajal Ali. In fact, Pakistan’s famous actor Adnan Siddiqui is also seen in a pivotal role in MOM.

In the teaser, Sridevi is in search for something that lands her in danger. But what is it? Is she searching for her lost daughter? A particular scene and feel of the teaser also reminds us of Sujoy Ghosh’s directorial Kahaani, which starred Vidya Balan. However, the motive of search in both the films is different.

While you keep guessing the reason behind the thrilling story of Sridevi, it is Nawazuddin Siddiqui who might be missed. Why? Because of the actor’s brilliant disguise. Nawaz is known for getting into the skin of his characters. This time, he has got into the look of his part way too deeply. Using prosthetics, the actor is playing an old-age man in the film, who is running away from something. Now, he could be running away from Sridevi or running away from being caught.

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In the one minute teaser, you also catch a glimpse of Akshaye Khanna. The actor made a comeback while playing a negative character in 2016 film Dishoom after a hiatus of four years. In MOM, Akshaye too seems to be discovering his own journey. So, are these characters related to each other? The video ends with a monologue of Sridevi where she asks the audience a question – “What will you chose between wrong and very wrong?”

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MOM has been produced by Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor and is directed by Ravi Udyawar. The poster of MOM bore stark resemblance with that of Raveena Tandon’s Maatr. The two had quite a similar treatment. However, Raveena made it clear that both the films deal with different issues.

MOM will hit the screens on July 14.

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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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Khalid Latif to face tribunal on May 5 in PSL corruption case

CORRUPTION IN PSL

Khalid Latif to face tribunal on May 5 in PSL corruption case

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017, 07:33 PM

Khalid Latif appeared before a tribunal in Lahore on March 31 © AFP

Khalid Latif, Pakistan and Islamabad United batsman, will contest some of the six charges of code-of-conduct breach levied upon him by PCB in connection with the Pakistan Super League corruption scandal. Latif appeared before a tribunal in Lahore on Friday (March 31) following which his lawyer Badar Alam told the waiting media that his party would contest the charges “because no one can be convicted on presumptions.”

Latif was one of five Pakistan players under investigation in the PSL corruption case that rocked the T20 tournament’s second season in February. He was suspended from the tournament without playing a game this season under several charges, including that of not reporting suspect approaches. His Islamabad teammate Sharjeel Khan also faces similar accusations pertaining to the opening match of the 2017 edition.

Latif and Sharjeel were provisionally suspended and expelled from the PSL in Dubai on February 10 on charges of meeting a suspicious man linked to an international betting syndicate.

The 34-year-old Latif was originally slated to appear before the tribunal last week but rescheduled the meet owing to ill health. A formal hearing will now take place on May 15 with Latif given until May 5 to respond to the charges. Justice Asghar Haider, former PCB president Tauqir Zia, and Wasim Bari will form the tribunal to hear the players’ defence. Sharjeel is likely to front the panel sometime next week and is also expected to contest some of the charges.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan became the first culprit on Wednesday this week when he confessed to the only charge against him, of “not reporting an offer of fixing”. He copped a fine of PKR 1 million and a one-year playing ban, which could be reduced to six months if Irfan assisted PCB in its anti-corruption drive.

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