In the last match between Pakistan and West Indies, the visitor team Windies bowlers performed far better than the first match performance. Babar Azam had won the toss and Pakistan batted first in the 2nd T20I match. Pakistan scored 172 runs in twenty overs with eight wickets down. Mohammad Rizwan † faced 30 balls and scored 38 runs. Captain of the Pakistan team Babar Azam once again out with scoring just seven runs. Haider Ali contributed 31 runs this time, Iftikhar Ahmed’s 28 runs addition gave Pakistan a little hope. But Shadab Khan’s 28 runs knock with just twelve deliveries gave Pakistan a boost of confidence to defend 172 runs total.
Odean Smith took two wickets, Dominic Drakes has not taken any wicket and the rest of the West Indian bowlers took one wicket each. In reply, the visitors scored 63 runs in 20 overs all out. Brandon King was the only batsman who took charge and smashed all Pakistani bowlers all around the park. He completed his beautiful innings with the help of six boundaries and three maximums. Nicholas Pooran (c)† added 26 runs to his team’s scorecard, Romario Shepherd scored 35 runs off 19 deliveries not out. Shaheen Shah Afridi took three wicket wickets in the same over. Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf these Pakistan bowlers took two wickets each.
Pakistan are resting Shaheen and Haris today. No place yet for Usman Qadir but Dahani and Hasnain are in. West Indies bring in Darren Bravo and debutant Gudakesh Motie for the two players out due to Covid.
Pakistan vs West Indies Highlights Today, Thursday 16-12-2021. 3rd T20I (D/N), West Indies tour of Pakistan 2021, from National Stadium, Karachi.
West Indies win the toss, bat first.
Pakistan team: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Muhammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani.
West Indies team: Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes, Hayden Walsh Jr, Gudakesh Motie, Oshane Thomas.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies: LLLLW
Match Timings: 13:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Rashid Riaz
TV Umpire – Asif Yaqoob
Match Referee – Muhammad Javed
Reserve Umpire – Faisal Afridi
Match number – T20I no. 1450
Post Match Presentation.
Nicholas Pooran, West Indies captain:
“I felt that the last two overs, we definitely lost momentum. Pakistan bowled well in the back end. We were 20 runs short on this wicket. Very tough to prepare for the virus. Most of the guys did not sleep last night, so I am very proud of the way they have played. We went from strength to strength every game. It’s a special team, a special bunch of guys. We competed throughout the series.”
Mohammad Rizwan is the Player of the Match for his 87:
“Chasing 200+ is a big target, but we thought that the way they batted with aggression, we had to do the same too. Our coach told us that we need to clear the circle. Thanking Allah for the 2000+ runs this year. I go match by match when I play. I have worked on my pull because you need to pick the length. I am now trying to improve on the offside.”
Babar Azam, Pakistan captain:
“Our plan was that we had to play according to the situation. Rizwan and I thought of going till the end and keep managing the run rate. The way the bowlers put an effort – Wasim, Shaheen, Haris, Dahani, Hasnain – overall it was a team effort. Our bench strength got a good workout too. A great sign for me as a captain. We all know runs keep going more in T20I cricket, and the way we are scoring is the best thing for us. The way Rizwan has played through 2021, the way he has improved his batting, the way he has made us win games… I think there’s a lot for youngsters to learn from there.”