Shadab Khan once again produced another match-winning spell and Hassan Ali held his nerves for Pakistan to win a three-run victory over the West Indies in the second T20 International played yesterday. After losing the toss, Pakistan came to bat first and set a low scoring target of 133 runs, and then restricted the hosts for 129-8. Pakistan now hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead, with the final two matches to be played at the weekend at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
In the wake of an impressive senior international debut at Kensington Oval, Shadab Khan picked up four wickets and conceded only 14 runs with his unplayable mixture of leg-breaks and googlies to shake the West Indian batsmen. His most important strike came on the last delivery of his four-over allotment when he had Marlon Samuels caught at the wicket for a top score of 44.
From that point the balance started tilting in favour of Pakistan although West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had earlier taken three wickets in first innings afternoon, battled to keep his team on course of chasing the target in partnership with fellow all-rounder Jason Holder, but he could not cross his team over the line.
It came down to fast-medium bowler Hassan Ali who retained his focus and concentration in the final over after being smashed for boundaries by Sunil Narine off his first two deliveries. West Indies needed just six more runs to complete the victory but Hassan’s excellent accuracy denied both Narine and Holder, who could only manage a single off the last ball when a boundary was needed to tie the scores.
Getting Samuels was important for them to have a chance of winning, said Shadab Khan after collecting his second straight Man of the Match award in Post Match Presentation Ceremony. He said that this pitch had more bounce and encouragement than in Barbados so he is really looking forward for the final two matches.