Pakistan clinch Twenty20 series as Babar, Talat shine

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Pakistan clinch Twenty20 series as Babar, Talat shine

Opener Babar Azam missed a maiden hundred by three runs while Hussain Talat hit a half-century as Pakistan beat West Indies by 82 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Karachi on Monday.

Babar cracked 13 boundaries and a six in his 58-ball 97 not out while Talat cracked 41-ball 63 with eight fours and a six to guide Pakistan to their highest Twenty20 international total of 205-3 in 20 overs.

It was another display of aggressive batting by Pakistan batsmen who scored 203-5 their equal highest total in Twenty20 Internationals. They also made the same score against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2008.

Mohammad Amir took 3-22 and Shadab Khan 2-23 as West Indies were bowled out for 123 in 19.2 overs, faring much better than their 60 all out in the first match during the second biggest Twenty20 defeat of 143 runs on Sunday.

The third match is on Tuesday, also in Karachi.

West Indies showed more resistance as Chadwick Walton hit two sixes and four boundaries during his 29-ball 40 and added 39 for the second wicket with experienced Marlon Samuels who made 12.

But Shadab dismissed both in the space of seven runs to check the West Indian chase.

Earlier, Pakistan became the first team to score four consecutive 180-plus totals in Twenty20 internationals as they also improve upon their highest total. They posted 203-5 on Sunday, which equalled their highest made against Bangladesh in 2008.

Once Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for six in the second over, Babar and Talat set the platform during their 119-run second wicket stand. Babar reached his fifty off just 30 balls while Talat got to the landmark — his first Twenty20 half-century in his second match — off 32 deliveries.

Talat holed out to Odean Smith for his first wicket on his Twenty20 debut. Asif Ali failed for a second time as he too holed out after scoring 14 with one six and a boundary.

Shoaib Malik made seven-ball 17 with two boundaries and a six. The main interest in the final over was whether Babar would become Pakistan’s only second batsman behind Ahmed Shehzad to score a century in the shortest format but he played a dot and then managed only a single off the final delivery.

The third match is on Tuesday, also in Karachi.

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