Pakistan edged out victors in the game against West Indies at Kensington Oval. Both sides have a volatile history in the game and it predictably ended with Pakistan winning by just six wickets.
Eighteen-year old talented Pakistani legspinnerShadab Khan was a dominant force during the duel. He forced the opponents to slump 49 for 6 with his three wickets with the first eight balls in an international match. He had such a wonderful debutuntil the duo of Kieorn Pollard and Carlos Brathwaitecame into the picture. The heavy hitters managed to get some momentum for Indies but they barely reached three figures.
Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad – who have been absent – were not able to stop the attacks but the spirited display from West Indies never rose above six.
Shoaib Malik and Babar Azamwere consistent in their game, chasing with risk-free cricket. They did the hard work, so Pakistan needed just 18 runs off five overs to seal victory.
Khan was crucial to the win. Chadwick Walton could not pick the googly while Lendl Simmons dragged a delivery onto the stumps. Kamran Akmal put down a regulation catch, letting down Khan’s match record to yet impressive 4-0-7-3.
Pakistan now have five victories in their last five T20Is with four against West Indies and one against England. Skipper Sarfraz has not enjoyed five wins in five games. Pakistan’s last loss was to Australia in the World T20 in 2016. Pakistan lead the series 1-0 and the series moves to Trinidad & Tobago where the rest of the matches will be played.
On the other hand, West Indies have four losses – all against the same opponent. Since their World T20 victory in India last year, they have won just a match out of six.