Pakistan beat West Indies by 7 runs in second T20ITTS ReportBabar Azam-led Pakistan cricket team defeated West Indies by 7 runs in the second Twenty20 International played at Providence on Saturday night.
The clinical knocks of captain Babar Azam (56) and wicketkeeper batsman Muhammad Rizwan (46) were highlights of Pakistan team, who were asked to bat first by the hosts. Other key batsmen from the visiting side were Sharjeel Khan (20) and Fakhar Zaman (15) as no other Pakistani batsman could cross the double figures as the men in green could score 157/8 in 20 overs. The disciplined bowling of Pakistani bowlers helped their side defend the set target of 158 runs as they restricted the hosts to 150/4 in the allotted 20 overs.
Muhammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali and Muhammad Waseem managed to take one wicket each for Pakistan. From West Indies, Nicholas Pooran (62) and Evin Lewis (35) batted well but their knocks couldn’t help their side win the second T20I.
Muhammad Hafeez emerged as man of the match. “It’s my first MoM award as a bowler. We knew the conditions were tough for the batsmen against spinners. Shadab bowled really well, and Shaheen’s last over, he nailed his yorkers,” said Hafeez. Captain Babar Azam said: “I was very impressed with the boys. “We were 10-15 runs short, but our bowlers bowled very well, and I think we should give them credit. We were looking for 170-180, but we lost too many wickets at that time.”Paying tribute to Hafeez too. “He showed his experience in the PP. As captain it pleased me tremendously.
“I thought the way the bowlers bounced back shows we’re consistent with the ball,” Pollard says. “I don’t think the pitch changed much but it dried out a bit. Pakistan bowled wicket-to-wicket, but the way we fought in the end was impressive.”At the end of the day we could have taken a few more singles, but you can come up with lots of ideas, but this is a learning curve for us. There are things we continue to look at, and it’s all about improvement as the games go on. We were on the losing end today but all hope isn’t lost.”