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


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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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.


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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