Needing 5 off the last delivery Hasan Ali (R) conceded just a single    AFP
Needing 5 off the last delivery Hasan Ali (R) conceded just a single AFP

Pakistan emerged victorious by 3 runs in a last-ball thriller against West Indies in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) at Port of Spain. Needing 14 off the last 6 deliveries, Sunil Narine smashed boundaries off consecutive balls; first and second delivery to inch closer to a victory. But Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali kept his calm and gave away just 2 runs in his next 4 deliveries, including a wide to seal victory over the hosts. Spinner Shadab Khan was adjudged Man of the Match for his exceptional bowling figures of 4 for 14 as he played a pivotal role in the middle-overs to script an enthralling victory. With this win, Pakistan have now attained an unassailable lead over the hosts in the four-match series. Live cricket score: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd T20I

Chasing the target of 133, West Indies lost opener Evin Lewis in the weirdest of the run-outs. Lewis, trying to avoid collision with Shadab at the non-striker’s end, lost the control over his bat. And in a split second Imad Wasim s direct throw disturbed the stumps; the reply showed the batsman was airborne when the stumps were disturbed. Despite losing Lewis early on, opener Chadwick Walton and No. 3 batsman Marlon Samuels played excellent cricket. They took the attack against Pakistan seamers scoring runs with the help of some cracking boundaries and colossal sixes, courtesy of Samuels who looked in great touch.

They both displayed excellent example of counterattack and were cruising towards victory. But this was the time when Sarfraz Ahmed introduced Shadab into the attack. Samuels and Chadwick took to an attacking approach against Shadab in his first over. But Shadab came back strong in his second over getting the wicket of Walton (21) breaking an important 50-run stand for the second wicket.

This wicket triggered the middle-order collapse for West Indies as Lendl Simmons (1), Kieron Pollard (3) and Rovman Powell (0) all walked back to the dugout one after the other. And to add more misery to the hosts, Shadab bowled a maiden last over, taking the all-important wicket of Samuels (44). From 50 for 2, West Indies were drastically pulled down to 81 for 6.

West Indies T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite and West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder tried holding the fort and scoring runs to get past the Pakistan total. They both constructed a 33-run stand in 32 deliveries to take their side on the doorsteps of victory.

West Indies needed 30 runs from the last 3 overs with 3 wickets in hand. Both Brathwaite and Holder scored 11 runs off Sohail Tanvir s over making the equation of 19 from 12. But Wahab Riaz got the wicket of Brathwaite on the second delivery of the penultimate over to pull back things for Pakistan. Narine (9) and Holder (26*) did try scoring the required 19 runs till the last delivery but fell short b y 3 eventually as Hasan bowled excellent off-cutters towards the end of the last over to seal an emphatic victory.

Earlier in the first innings, West Indies asked Pakistan to bat first having won the toss and 3-fors from Brathwaite and Narine saw Pakistan coil up at 132 in 20 overs. For Pakistan, Babar Azam (27), Shoaib Malik (28) and Riaz played handy knocks ensuring a decent total on the board.

This victory is also the 6th consecutive victory for Sarfraz as Pakistan’s T20I captain and now has joined the league of countrymen Misbah ul Haq and Sri Lanka’s legendary cricketer Kumar Sangakkara for winning first 6 T20Is as captain.

Brief scores

Pakistan 132 all out in 20 overs (Babar Azam 27, Shoaib Malik 28, Wahab Riaz 24; Sunil Narine 3 for 22, Carlos Brathwaite 3 for 37, Samuel Badree 2 for 14) won against West Indies 129 for 8 in 20 overs (Marlon Samuels 44, Jason Holder 26*, Chadwick Walton 21; Shadab Khan 4 for 14, Wahab Riaz 1 for 23) by 3 runs.

Man of the Match: Shadab Khan