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Shadab shines again as Pakistan beat Windies by three runs


PORT OF SPAIN, MAR 31, (DNA) – Shadab Khan gave another match-winning bowling performance and Hasan Ali held his nerve for Pakistan to sneak a three-run victory over the West Indies in the second T20 International on Thursday.

The Queen s Park Oval witnessed three collisions in a bizarre sequence of events in the second innings. Nine balls after the collision between Shadab and Lewis, Chadwick Walton rammed into Tanvir. In the same over, Shehzad collided with Walton and had to be stretchered off the field in an ambulance.

Samuels had dabbed the ball in front of point, from where Shehzad ran in to attack the ball, but lost his balance. His neck crashed into the knees of Walton. Seven overs later, however, Shehzad returned to the field.

Set a relatively modest target of 133 to level the series following a six-wicket defeat in the opening match in Barbados, the hosts were restricted to 129 for eight to suffer their fifth consecutive T20 loss to the visitors.

Pakistan now hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead ahead of the final two matches at the weekend back at the Queen s Park Oval in Trinidad.

In the wake of an impressive senior international debut at Kensington Oval, Shadab snared four for 14 with his mesmerising mixture of leg-breaks and googlies to stymie the West Indies quest.

His most important strike came on the last delivery of his four-over allotment when he had Marlon Samuels caught at the wicket for a top score of 44.

Samuels  imperious strokeplay, reminiscent of his two match-winning performances in World T20 finals, looked to be taking the home side to the target before he was undone by the confident 19-year-old.

“Getting Samuels was important for us to have a chance of winning,” said Shadab after collecting his second straight Man of the Match award.

“This pitch had more bounce and encouragement than in Barbados so I am really looking forward to the final two matches.”

From that point the balance was tilting in favour of Pakistan although West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had earlier taken three wickets on a sultry afternoon, battled to keep his team on course in partnership with fellow all-rounder Jason Holder.

But it came down to fast-medium bowler Ali retaining his focus and concentration in the final over after being smashed for boundaries by Sunil Narine off the first two deliveries.

West Indies needed just six more runs to complete the victory but the bowler s excellent accuracy denied both Narine and Holder, who could only manage a single off the last ball when a boundary was needed to tie the scores and force a super over.

Put in to bat after Brathwaite won the toss, Pakistan struggled to gain any sort of batting momentum against the twin spin threat of Narine and Samuel Badree.

Narine claimed three for 22 and Badree two for 14.


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