Having taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the 4-match t20 series, Pakistan has made a mark on the tour. The visitors won the first match convincingly but grabbed a victory out of the jaws of defeat in the second.
After being reduced to 95 for 8, they crawled their way back into the match thanks to a 36-run stand between Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan. The latter has been impressive with the ball picking up 7 wickets in the 8 overs he has bowled and has conceded just 21 runs! It is indeed a dream start to his International career and he has won two Man of the Match awards in the two matches he has played in.
Pakistan's batting has been wobbly. They reached the target comfortably in the first match but suffered a major collapse in the second, falling down like a deck of cards. They will be hoping to play much better against the likes of Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree next time around. Senior pro Shoaib Malik and skipper Sarfaraz Khan have to lead the side with the bat.
West Indies, on the other hand, weren't great with the bat in both the t20Is. They floundered in the first t20I and couldn't manage to score 6 runs off 4 balls in the second t20I. Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree have been impressive with the ball but that wasn't sufficient enough for the hosts as they lost the second t20I by a mere 3 runs. Craig Brathwaite has had a tough start leading the side and needs guidance. He has been far from impressive with both bat and ball.
Stuart Law, West Indies' head coach, held the batsmen accountable for the defeat and urged them to convert their starts. “We're slowly improving, we played a better game of cricket today,” he said after the second defeat. Marlon Samuels is the only batsman who has looked comfortable whilst the rest need more experience to play in the top level.
Shadab Khan has been the find of the season for Pakistan. His variations have vastly troubled the Calypso Kings. He has had the West Indies batsmen on their toes picking up 7 wickets and has made life tough for the batsmen. He will be looking forward to winning his third Man of the Match award in as many matches.
Marlon Samuels is the only bright spot for West Indies. If the Calypso Kings have any outside chance of levelling the series, they will require their star batsman to flourish with the bat. His 44 almost took his side to victory but was dismissed in a crucial juncture of the match.
Time : 10:00 PM IST
Venue : Queens Park Oval
Pakistan : Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz.
West Indies : Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor.