Pakistan’s versatile bowling assault did simply sufficient to restrain a rampant Nicholas Pooran and are available away with a seven-run victory over the West Indies within the second T20 Worldwide of the four-match sequence on the Nationwide Stadium in Guyana on Saturday. Following a rain-ruined opening encounter in Barbados three days earlier, Babar Azam’s group will go into the third match of the sequence on Sunday, additionally at Windfall, with 1-0 lead. Pooran’s explosive unbeaten 62 off 33 balls with six sixes and 4 fours saved the West Indies in with an opportunity of overcoming the lethargy of a lot of their innings, even to the ultimate over when 20 runs have been required to overtake Pakistan’s complete of 157 for eight.
Nevertheless Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed the wicket of captain Kieron Pollard after which denied the rampant Pooran the chance to swing freely and lustily on the subsequent three deliveries to make sure the guests got here away with the win with the hosts saved to 150 for 4.
West Indies have been once more undone of their run chase by the variety of scoreless deliveries, 47, of their innings, though nothing might take away from the excellent bowling effort of Mohammad Hafeez.
Bowling the primary over of the innings, the veteran off-spinning all-rounder bowled Andre Fletcher along with his second ball and conceded simply six runs throughout his 4 overs.
“Realizing these situations and having performed cricket right here earlier than within the Caribbean Premier League actually helped as I knew it will be troublesome for the batsmen,” mentioned Hafeez on the finish of the match.
“They’re very highly effective gamers so the problem is all the time to maintain a good line each time,” he added.
Pollard, who performed the supporting function in a 70-run fourth-wicket partnership with Pooran to revive the West Indies probabilities, gave credit score to his bowlers for limiting their opponents after he selected to place them in to bat.
– ‘Staring down barrel’ –
“We have been staring down the barrel of a 170-plus complete and I used to be actually proud of the way in which the bowlers battled again within the latter half of their innings,” he noticed, earlier than placing a optimistic spin on the run chase.
“We needed to try to explode in the direction of the top but it surely simply did not work out, nevertheless the way in which Evin (Lewis) and Hetty (Shimron Hetmyer) saved issues going within the center overs was fairly pleasing,” he added.
West Indies suffered a setback when opening batsman Evin Lewis retired harm on 35 halfway by means of the innings.
Whereas having fun with the win, Babar Azam felt his group ought to have gotten extra runs on the board.
“We have been 10-15 runs quick however we now have to provide because of the bowlers for the way in which they saved the West Indies batsmen in test,” Babar famous.
“Dropping back-to-back wickets is one thing we now have to enhance on within the last overs and we hope to do higher within the final two matches,” he added.
It was Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo who mixed to place the brakes on the Pakistan scoring fee.
Holder, the previous captain, returned the superb figures of 4 for 26 whereas Bravo, the veteran all-rounder and main wicket-taker in all T20 cricket, claimed two for twenty-four because the vacationers squandered a strong platform supplied by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Babar’s polished 51 off 58 balls with two sixes and 4 fours was the topscore of the innings.
He placed on 67 runs for the third wicket with Rizwan after Sharjeel Khan and Rizwan had set the stage for a difficult goal in placing on 56.
Nevertheless the demise of Rizwan for 46 through the run out route interrupted the graceful stream of the guests’ innings.
Within the mad sprint by means of the ultimate overs to elevate the flagging scoring fee Pakistan misplaced 4 wickets within the house of eight deliveries because the self-discipline, accuracy and intelligent variations of Holder and Bravo introduced its reward.
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