West Indies skittled out Pakistan for 132 in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at Port of Spain. Sunil Narine starred for West Indies in the middle overs. He bagged three crucial wickets, giving away 22 runs in his 4 overs. West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite also played a crucial role. He got the better of Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik, eventually taking 3 for 37. However, it was Samuel Badree who did the early damage by applying brakes on the scoring. He finished with impressive figures of 2 for 14. For Pakistan, Shoaib Malik (28), Babar Azam (27) and Wahab Riaz (24) were the only three batsmen who crossed the 20-run mark. Live cricket score: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd T20I
Pakistan started off on a disastrous note. They lost their opener Kamran Akmal for duck in the very first over off Badree’s bowling. However, Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam steadied the Pakistan innings. Both ensured they take regular singles and keeping the scoreboard ticking. Babar then took the aggressor’s role and played some cracking boundaries against Jason Holder, showing his impressive touch. Both looked to have taken the control of the game, but Brathwaite took over and changed the course of the game.
Brathwaite got the wicket of on-song Babar. Wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton took a blinder of a catch jumping to his right. Babar, before getting dismissed, had put up a vital 41-run stand for the second wicket with Shehzad.
After the breakthrough, Brathwaite got Narine from the other end and the wily spinner didn’t disappoint. He immediately got the wicket of Shehzad (14) who was struggling to find his feet. These two wickets of Babar and Shehzad in a matter of 4 deliveries turned the tables yet again.
Debutant Fakhar Zaman, who was earlier selected in place of Mohammad Hafeez, didn’t provide much impetus and went back to the dugout cheaply for 5 runs. Pakistan were suddenly trembling at 51 for 4, but the men in green still had Shoaib Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed at the crease. Sarfraz was cautious in his approach, but Malik appeared to have resumed from where he had left in the first game of the series. He hammered anything that was pitched full or short and raised quickly to 28. But Brathwaite struck again and got the vital wicket of Malik, ending his 36-run stand with Sarfraz.
The wicket then triggered the collapse. Sarfraz (12), Sohail Tanvir (4) and Imad Wasim all followed Malik back in the dugout in quick succession. When Malik departed, Pakistan had 87 runs on the board, losing half their side, but the visitors lost the next three batsmen in a matter of 7 deliveries and 8 runs.
But some monstrous hitting from Wahab in the death overs took Pakistan past 130. He played an entertaining cameo of 24 runs off just 10 deliveries and constructed an important 30-run stand for the eighth wicket in just 17 balls with Shadab Khan.
Pakistan 132 (Babar Azam 27, Shoaib Malik 28, Wahab Riaz 24; Sunil Narine 3 for 22, Carlos Brathwaite 3 for 37, Samuel Badree 2 for 14) vs West Indies.