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!
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..
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.