After consecutive defeats against Pakistan, West Indies made a stunning comeback in the third of the four-T20I series. West Indies, therefore, will leave no stones unturned to level the series by clinching another win in the fourth and final contest at Port of Spain, on Sunday. Pakistan, on the other hand, will put their best foot forward and keep West Indies at bay, to win the series 3-1. For that matter, Pakistan displayed a stellar performance in the first two games, putting up a collective effort. However, with West Indies showing resilience in the third game, Pakistan failed to seal the series and were handed a seven-wicket defeat. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 4th T20I at Port of Spain
Pakistan registered 137 for 8 on Saturday. Opener Kamran Akmal smashed 37-ball 48 to lay a strong foundation for the middle order. Babar Azam, then, added vital 43 runs amidst a batting collapse. However, the target was not enough to keep the batting-heavy West Indies in check. Opener Evin Lewis went all guns blazing and blasted 91 off 51 inclusive of 5 fours and 9 sixes. West Indies emerged victorious with 5.1 overs remaining.
Wahab Riaz, however, was impressive in his 2-over spell. He got the better of veteran Marlon Samuel for 18 and conceded only 6 runs. Sohail Tanvir, who sent Chadwick Walton packing, leaked as many as 40 runs off 3 overs. But West Indies batsmen did not let the star of the first two matches, Shadab Khan, off the hook. They counterattacked his leg-spinners and amassed 38 runs off his 3.5 overs.
Judging by the performance in the previous tie, it would be interesting to see the team composition for the all-important final. Besides, Pakistan may as well go with the same starting XI.
All-rounder Imad Wasim could not go great guns with the bat so far, but he has been economical with the ball. All the same, it would be unfair to drop a player of his calibre, especially in the shortest format. On the other hand, neither can they drop the in-form Babar Azam or stalwart Shoaib Malik. This means, Mohammad Hafeez will remain benched, if the think tank decides to drop Ahmed Shahzad who has often failed to convert his decent starts.
West Indies, for that matter, finally got their combination right. But their batting line-up has not played well as a cohesive unit. However, their bowlers have applied themselves sensibly even at crucial junctures.
All in all, the final promises to be an enthralling contest.
Pakistan: Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Nawaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Jason Holder, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams, Jason Mohammed, Veerasammy Permaul, Jerome Taylor.
Time: 12:30 local | 16:30 GMT | 22:00 IST