Ahmad Shahzad finally gaining his form guided Pakistan to a series-clinching 7-wicket victory against the West Indies in the Fourth and Final Match of their T20 International Series. Chasing a low target of 125 runs, Ahmad Shahzad hit 53 runs as Pakistan rebounded from a heavy defeat suffered the day before that gave Caribbean hope of squaring the series.
Ahmad Shahzad put on 70 runs partnership for second wicket with Babar Azam who scored 38 runs. However both fell to the pace of Kesrick Williams with victory in sight and it was left to the experienced pair of Shoaib Malik and Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to cross the line with an over to spare.
Earlier, excellent bowling by Pakistan limited the host to 124-8 and set the stage for the batsmen to victory to complete a 3-1 series triumph and claim a potentially significant psychological advantage ahead of the Three-Match ODI Series starting this Friday. Hassan Ali and Rumman Raees displayed perfect and disciplined bowling spells by delivering 3 Maiden Overs claiming three important wickets.
It is for the first time ever that Pakistan have managed to bowl three maidens in a T20 International and also the first occasion the West Indies, the reigning World T20 champions, conceded three maidens when batting in the game’s shortest format.
Hassan Ali produced the outstanding figures 12-2 in his four overs, including two maidens. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered alongside the other bowlers as opener Evin Lewis blazed 91 in pacing the home side to a seven-wicket win in the third match, also responded superbly in this critical final match. Khan claimed 16-2 off his four overs, including opener Chadwick Walton for a top score of 40.
Pakistan jump to 4th Spot in ICC T20 International Rankings
Following the 3-1 Series win against West Indies, Pakistan have climbed two spots to reach the fourth place in ICC T20 International Team Rankings. Pakistan have swapped places with the West Indies, who is now ahead of England, and just one point behind third-ranked South Africa. New Zealand continue to rule the T20 Format with India at second place.