Pakistan will square off with hosts West Indies in the fourth and final T20I at Port of Spain. West Indies made an impressive comeback in the last encounter, after being 2-0 down. Opener Evin Lewis sent Pakistani bowlers to cleaners and blasted 91 off 51 inclusive of five fours and 9 sixes. He was adjudged Man of the Match for his match-winning performance. However, West Indies will hope for their blistering opener to produce an encore of such innings in the final and help them level series 2-2. Pakistan, on the other hand, will dish out a plan to keep him at bay. Let us have a look which bowler, along with other key battles, will be assigned this tough task. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 4th T20I at Port of Spain
Marlon Samuels vs Marlon Samuels: He is often engaged in a battle with himself. With a devil-may-care attitude, he looks undetermined, be it while batting, bowling, or talking to media. However, the same approach has helped him take West Indies out of murky water time and again. But it has not been the case in this series. Barring the 44-run knock in the second match, he failed to come good. For that matter, he fell to three different bowlers, playing uncharacteristic strokes. And for West Indies to at least share the trophy, the veteran will have to display better shot-selection.
Evin Lewis vs Shadab Khan: Shadab Khan was the Man-of-the-Match awardee in the first two matches, taking 7 wickets. Nonetheless, he was reduced to nothingness in the next match, churning out 38 runs off his 3.5 overs. But the one-off setback should not demoralise the youngster. In fact, the onus of stopping the Lewis juggernaut will be on him.
Whether Lewis’ bat will fire or Shadab’s leg-spinners will turn the tide, is a question only time will tell.
Kamran Akmal vs Kamran Akmal: His traits are similar to that of Samuels. Both often get carried away. But when they deliver, they are a delight to watch.
Akmal scored 22 and 0 in the first two matches. However, he upped the ante in the previous match when the troops were down. He churned out a stunning 48-run knock off 37 deliveries.
Pakistan will hope he emulates his performance and yet again lays a strong foundation.
Shoaib Malik vs Carlos Brathwaite: It is a battle between a veteran and an in-form all-rounder. Shoaib, staying true to his finisher’s reputation, took Pakistan over the line in the series opener. In the second, he stitched a well-composed 28. And in the third, when the team needed him the most, West Indies skipper Brathwaite got the better of him for a mere 2. His wicket eventually changed the course of the match. However, Brathwaite will yet again look to sent Malik packing for a cheap score.
Lendl Simmons vs Imad Wasim: Simmons so far has scored only 6 runs in 3 innings. Imad, on the other hand, has scalped only a wicket. Both these players will look to make amends and end the series on a high.