Hasan Ali’s last over heroics help Pakistan edge out West Indies in a close game

Pakistan continued their imperious run of form to edge out West Indies in a close finish to win by the game by 3 runs in the second T20 game played at Port of Spain, Trinidad. Hosts required 14 runs off the last over as Sunil Narine smoked consecutive fours from the first two balls to take side a step closer to a win. Hasan Ali held his nerves to just concede two runs from the next four balls to see Pakistan notch up their second win and take 2-0 lead in the four-match T20 series.

Leg spinner Shadab Khan was once again the man who did the trick with the ball for Pakistan. He bagged four wickets and conceded 14 runs to help Pakistan produce their second win on the trot on the tour. West Indies lost early wicket in their chase as Evin Lewis was run-out after a bizarre mix-up with leg spinner Shadab Khan. Chadwick Walton and Marlon Samuels played well as put side on track after early dismissal of Lewis.

The duo went on the charge against the bowlers as West Indies were placed in a comfortable position when Sarfaraz Ahmed opted to bring Shadab into the attack. The ploy worked as Shadab dismissed Walton to trigger a collapse of sorts. Lendl Simmons, Rovman Powell and Kieron Pollard fell for low scores to see West Indies go from 50 for 2 to 81 for 6.

West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder put on a stand of 33 runs to see the home side take the close to the finish line. Wahab Riaz dismissed Brathwaite to see West Indies lose an important at crucial time of the game. Hasan Ali bowled an impeccable final over of the innings to help Pakistan come up trumps in the second game of the series.

Earlier, Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and elected to field first as Pakistan put up 132 runs on the board. Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik top-scored for Pakistan while late cameo by Riaz ensured the side posted a total that was slightly below par on the surface.

Sarfaraz Ahmed has six consecutive wins under his belt since taking over captaincy duties last September in one-off T20 at Manchester last year.

 

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