Pakistan cruised to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against West Indies in the fourth T20 International at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Sunday to clinch the T20 international series 3-1.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad shined with a 45-ball 53 in a chase which did pose much challenge to the visitors’ line-up.
Babar Azam, coming in on one-down position, contributed a steady 38 off 36.
Earlier, West Indies finished with a paltry score of 125-8 after an extremely economical show by the Pakistan bowling attack in the first innings.
The hosts were forced to play 66 dot-balls by the Pakistan bowlers as right-arm pacer Hasan Ali stood out with figures of 2-12 in his quota of four overs.
The Peshawar Zalmi man put on display an exhibition of genuine seam bowling, castling Jason Mohammed and veteran Windies batsman Marlon Samuels.
Leg-spin sensation Shadab Khan continued his blistering form with two more wickets in the series at the expense of just 16 runs in his four overs.
West Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite tried to stay on the crease and take his struggling side to a much-needed big total but his unbeaten 37 off 24 were not enough.
Opener Chadwick Walton was the highest scorer for the hosts with 40 off 31.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and put the West Indies in to bat.
Pakistan’s main victim at the hands of opening batsman Evin Lewis’ assault, which lead the hosts to a convincing seven-wicket win in the third match on Saturday, Sohail Tanvir, has been replaced in the final eleven by fellow left-arm seamer and useful lower-order batsman Rumman Raees.
Rumman, who has represented Pakistan in one T20I game — that too against West Indies, was one of the top performers during the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
The Karachi-born left-armer was the third highest-wicket taker during the lucrative T20 league with 12 scalps courtesy his pace variations and nagging line and length.
Pakistan lead the series 2-1 and will be seeking to rebound immediately from the setback in the third match before both teams turn their attention to the three-match One-Day International series starting in Guyana on Friday.
The hosts have predictably named an unchanged eleven.
Their focus is on Lewis following his blistering match-winning innings of 91 at the top of the order 24 hours earlier.
The win came as a fitting start to Sarfraz’s career as Pakistan’s limited overs skipper.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed(c)(wk.),Rumman Raees, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton(wk), Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams