A speedy knock of 91 in 51 balls by Evin Lewis made West Indies to beat Pakistan by seven wickets in third T20 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. Chasing once again a low target of 138, Lewis hit nine sixes and five fours in a hurricane innings that kept the series alive for the host, going into the final match at the same venue with Pakistan edging 2-1 in the series.
After winning the toss, Sarfraz Ahmad decided to bat first on the perfect batting track but once again Pakistan faced batting problems when two of their batsmen fell quickly. Ahmad Shahzad and Imad Wasim, who came up the order, got out in the very first over of the innings. It was Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam who gave a bit of stability to Pakistan’s innings.
Kamran Akmal scored 48 runs and Babar Azam got out on 43 after providing a decent platform for the players to come to accelerate the innings. But back to back wickets didn’t allow Pakistan batsmen to stabilize their feet on pitch and could only manage a total of 137-8 on board, making it way easier for West Indies to keep themselves alive in the series.
When West Indies came out to bat, Lewis lost opening partner Chadwick Walton early on in the chase to an excellent diving catch by Fakhar Zaman running in from the square-leg boundary off Sohail Tanvir. Yet it was Sohail Tanvir who suffered the most to the flailing blade of the left-hander. Marlon Samuels helped Lewis in adding 56 runs for the second wicket and debutant Jason Muhammad provided 76-run stand for the third-wicket partnership.
Wahab Riaz finally caught the big fish Lewis on 91 off Shadab Khan, star of previous two matches, struggled in this match in capturing the same control which he had in previous two games, picked only one wicket in this match. But it was too little too late to get Lewis out as the damage done by him was irreparable and West Indies finally chased the target with 7 wickets remaining.
Evin Lewis was later announced as the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock. This defeat came in Sarfraz’s name after having won 6 consecutive T20 International Matches as a skipper. Pakistan lead the 4-Match T20 Series with 2-1 with one more match to go.