Pakistan 208 for 3 (Rizwan 87, Babar 79, Smith 1-34) beat West Indies 207 for 3 (Pooran 64, Brooks 49, King 43, Wasim 2-44) by seven wickets
Babar contributed 79 off 53 balls, whereas Rizwan was the aggressor, hitting 87 off simply 45 with the assistance of ten fours and three sixes. During his knock, Rizwan additionally accomplished 2000 runs in T20 cricket this yr. When the profitable runs had been scored, Pakistan nonetheless had seven balls remaining.
That, nevertheless, meant West Indies needed to subject a severely depleted facet, as they had been already with out Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers – all three had examined optimistic firstly of the tour – and Devon Thomas, who has a finger damage. The nonetheless put up their finest performances of the sequence but it surely wasn’t sufficient to stop a whitewash.
King’s birthday bash
On his twenty seventh birthday, King determined to throw warning to the wind. He opened his account with again-to-again fours off Mohammad Nawaz within the first over. On each events, he gave himself room and hit the ball by means of the off facet. That remained his modus operandi for many of his innings whilst he did not center the ball on a regular basis.
Nawaz got here in for extra punishment in his subsequent over. First, Brooks drilled him previous mid-on after which King hit the final three balls of the over for six, 4 and 4. From the opposite finish, King fetched three fours throughout Mohammad Hasnain’s two overs, and because of this, West Indies motored to fifty in simply 4.2 overs.
On the penultimate ball of the powerplay, King as soon as once more backed away and launched Mohammad Wasim Jr for a 98-metre six, the ball touchdown on the roof of the deep-midwicket stands. Wasim, although, made a comeback the very subsequent ball, uprooting King’s off stump because the batter failed in his try and late-reduce a fuller supply.
Brooks cuts unfastened
West Indies completed the powerplay on 66 for 1. Brooks, who was batting on 21 off 16 balls at that time, determined it was his flip to chop unfastened. He skipped down the observe in opposition to Nawaz however ended up skying it in the direction of lengthy-on, the place Iftikhar Ahmed and Hasnain, working in from lengthy-off, tousled their calling, and regardless of each fielders subsequent to one another, neither bought their arms to the ball.
Shadab Khan ended up paying the value for that drop as Brooks hit him for 3 sixes in 4 balls within the subsequent over. But identical to King, he too fell in need of his half-century. Shahnawaz Dahani hurried him with a brief ball and had him caught at deep midwicket.
Pooran propels WI additional
The Pakistan bowlers had bowled West Indies out within the first two T20Is however on Thursday night time, there was no respite for them. With two left-handers within the center, Babar Azam tried to sneak in an over of offspin from Iftikhar however Pooran thumped him for 2 sixes.
He was equally belligerent in opposition to Hasnain, whom he took for 19 off six balls, together with two sixes and a 4. Pooran’s assault meant West Indies did not lose the momentum regardless of Darren Bravo struggling on 17 off 16 balls at one stage. Pooran introduced up his half-century off 31 balls however after his dismissal, West Indies may rating solely 15 off the remaining 14 balls.
The Babar-Rizwan present
Chasing a frightening complete, Babar and Rizwan did not have the posh of time to get their eye in. But the 2 are in such good kind that with out taking any danger, they stored hanging at round ten an over all through their partnership. There had been drives by means of covers and down the wicket, sweeps alongside the bottom and over the infield, and laborious-run ones and twos. Rizwan was the primary to succeed in his half-century, off simply 26 balls; Babar took 40 balls to convey up his.
While Rizwan did heave a pair over deep sq. leg, other than slog-sweeping debutant Gudakesh Motie, Babar did not hit his first six till the thirteenth over. That too when Oshane Thomas supplied the required tempo. Clearing his entrance leg, he creamed Thomas over the extensive lengthy-off boundary earlier than hitting the subsequent two balls for fours.
The solely likelihood that got here West Indies’ manner was when Babar went to chop Motie within the seventh over, however Pooran put down the skin edge. Babar was on 28 then, Pakistan on 62. Babar finally fell to Odean Smith, hitting a knuckle ball to lengthy-off, when Pakistan wanted 50 from 5 overs.
The ending touches
If West Indies had been considering of a comeback, Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman did not let that occur. When Rizwan miscued a full toss from Dominic Drakes with Pooran taking the catch close to quick advantageous leg, the equation had come all the way down to 24 wanted from 16 balls. Asif Ali (21* off 7) then hit a flurry of boundaries to degree the scores. With one run required, Romario Shepherd had Asif skying the ball in the direction of lengthy-on the place Rovman Powell dropped the catch. That one ball encapsulated the sequence from West Indies’ standpoint: this younger bunch has the potential however they nonetheless have to work on their expertise.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo