KARACHI: West Indies have won the toss and elected to bat first against the host in the third T 20I.
“Just something different. We chased the first two games. We’ll take anything over 170-180. Want to finish strong. We’ve not had any significant partnerships, so hopefully, we get a couple tonight. Kesrick is out, Andre McCarthy will debut,” said Jason.
“We wanted to bat too, but now let’s try to chase it down. We have the batsmen and the bowlers, so look to do well batting second. Two changes: Shaheen and Usman are in. Amir and Hasan Ali are being rested,” said Pakistan skipper Sarfraz.
The same story repeated as Nawaz removed Walton on the second delivery of the third over.
After first five overs, the visitors only able to put 24 runs despite friendly wicket where the host made the highest total ever in the T 20 format in the previous game, but the wheel of fortune turns in visitors’ favour when Samuel and Fletcher played a responsible inning with the loss of one wicket. Fletcher scored his sixth T20I fifty.
After fifteen overs the visitors put 96 runs with six wickets in hand, struggling for a fighting total against Pakistan, the Carribean side lost another wicket.
Hussain Talat hasn’t bowled a single over in this match.
Dinesh Ramdin helped his team by his explosive hitting in the death overs, his 18-ball 42 takes them to a competitive total of 153.
In reply, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam gave Pakistan a brisk start. Pakistan lost their first wicket at 61 when Emrit removes Fakhar Zaman, he scored 40 runs off 17 balls.
On the other hand, unstoppable Babar hit a fifty again. Openers made the way much easier for their team in 154 chase.
The two series debutants, Talat and Asif, closed the chapter in the seventeenth over. Asif Ali finished the game by crushing a boundary.
The Windies didn’t really have many positives to take away from this tour except the fact that this has been an eye-opener of a tour. Nothing beats experience; even for a world class T20 side like WI. They have badly missed their senior players. This will badly damage their rankings.
It was Shaheen Shah Afridi debut. Wasim Akram handed him his debut cap, while Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir were out of playing XI.
Pakistan XI: Fakhar Zaman, B Azam, H Talat, Asif Ali, S Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, F Ashraf, M Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari
West Indies XI: C Walton, A Fletcher, M Samuels, J Mohammed, D Ramdin, R Powell, K Paul, R Emrit, A McCarthy, O Smith, S Badree