Pakistan defeat West Indies by nine runs to take T20 series despite plucky 67 from Brandon King

By December 14, 2021

A Man of the Match performance from Shadab Khan helped Pakistan take an unassailable 2-0 series lead against the West Indies after a nine-run win in the second T20 International in Karachi today.

After openers Brandon King and Shai Hope got off to a comfortable 17-0 at the start by the third over, Hope lost his wicket for one, caught at mid-wicket off the bowling of Mohammad Wasim Jr.

Shamarh Brooks got out lbw for 10 attempting to sweep a straight delivery off left-arm spinner Mohammed Nawaz the leave the West Indies 31-2.

The West Indies reached 50-2 at the end of the first powerplay with King on 30 and captain Nicholas Pooran on four.

Rotating the strike well, the West Indies got to 71-2 at the end of 10 overs with King and Pooran still at the wicket on 42 and 13, respectively.

The 11th over was a bittersweet one for the West Indies as Pooran hit a four and a six to bring up the 50-run partnership but then hit the final ball of the over to Haris Rauf at long-on to fall for 26 and become Mohammed Nawaz’s second victim. The visitors were then 86-3.

King brought up his maiden T20 International 50 with a boundary off Mohammed Nawaz in the 13th over.

A rot would set into the West Indies batting soon after as Rovman Powell was caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Wasim Jr for four to leave the Windies at 102-4 at the start of the 15th over with the visitors needing a further 71 from 35 balls for victory.

King went in the next over for 67. The West Indies were then 118-5 needing 55 off 28.

Wickets fell regularly after that as Odean Smith (12), Dominic Drakes (0) and Hayden Walsh Jr (0) all fell in the 17th to Shaheen Shah Afridi as the West Indies slumped to 131-7, still needing 42 from the last three overs.

Romario Shepherd gave it a good try scoring 35 from 19 but when Akeal Hosein was run out for two in the 19th over, the game was all but lost.

With the West Indies needing 23 from the final over, Shepherd hit Haris Rauf for a six and a four a six and a four but that would be as close as the visitors would get as Rauf bowled Thomas for a duck to wrap up the match and the series.

Shaheen Shah Afridi was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 3-26 from his four overs. Shadab Khan followed up his cameo in the first innings with a 0-22 from four overs bowling performance and was voted Man of the Match.

Earlier, a late cameo of 28 from 12 balls by Khan propelled Pakistan to a respectable 172-8 off their 20 overs.

 After getting to 14 without loss in the second over, Mohammed Rizwan and captain Babar Azam inexplicably went for a single that resulted in the Pakistan captain being run out for seven.

Rizwan and new batsman Fakhar Zaman attempted to steady the ship with a 19-run fourth over off Oshane Thomas to take the score to 38-1. The partnership was broken by Akeal Hosein, who had Zaman stumped for 10.

That wicket brought together, Rizwan and Haider Ali, who on Monday scored half-centuries in Pakistan's 63-run win over the visitors. Together, they guided the hosts to 50-2 at the end of the first powerplay.

Hosein bowled his four overs within the first seven and was once again excellent with figures of 1-16 to follow up his 1-19 performance Monday.

Pakistan were still only 2 wickets down at the halfway mark as Rizwan and Ali played sensibly to take the score to 73-2. The partnership was broken in the 12th over when Odean Smith had Rizwan caught at short cover for 38 from 30 balls. Smith got his second wicket of the day when Haider was caught at deep point by Shamarh Brooks for 31 on the last ball of the 14th over.

Hayden Walsh Jr got his first wicket in the very next over, removing Mohammad Nawaz, who was caught at deep mid-wicket for one.

Pakistan ended the 15th over 113-5 with Iftikhar Ahmed at the crease on 14 and Asif Ali on two.

Rovman Powell took an excellent catch off the bowling of Romario Shepherd to remove Ali for nine off the second ball of the 17th over to reduce Pakistan to 124-6.

Iftikhar hit two sixes off Thomas in the 18th over but was then dismissed caught behind off the last ball for a well-played 32 from 19 balls.

Shadab Khan brought up Pakistan’s 150 with a straight six off Dominic Drakes off the second ball of the 19th over.

Mohammad Wasim Jr was run out on the second to last ball of the innings for five.

Pakistan finished their 20 overs 172-8 with Mohammad Rizwan top-scoring with 38 and Iftikhar Ahmed getting 32.

Odean Smith and Akeal Hosein were the best performers for the West Indies with the ball with 2-24 from 3 overs and 1-16 from four overs, respectively.

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