West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Port of Spain March 30, 2017

Shadab's brilliance denies West Indies in low-scoring thriller


Pakistan 132 (Malik 28, Narine 3-22, Brathwaite 3-37) beat West Indies 129 for 8 (Samuels 44, Shadab 4-14) by three runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Eighteen-year-old legspinner Shadab Khan wrecked West Indies again © Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

In a nutshell
It's becoming a bit of a jinx, this match-up. Whatever the situation, however favourable the circumstances, West Indies just cannot seem to get over the line against Pakistan. It was no different today as a thrilling final over from Hasan Ali that swung one way and then the other saw Pakistan cling on to a three-run win at the Queen's Park Oval. It was a game they had no business laying claim to for much of a contest that was worlds removed from the cakewalk the visitors enjoyed in Barbados.

West Indies' chase of 133 began with a somewhat clumsy run-out after a collision between Evin Lewis and Shadab Khan, but Marlon Samuels looked in no mood to hang around as he took the attack to Pakistan's bowlers. Imad Wasim came in for particularly severe treatment as one over went for 19. Only a magical spell from legspinner Shadab Khan dragged Pakistan back into the game, crucially dismissing Samuels with the last ball. From thereon, it was always going to be close, and even though two boundaries in the final over looked to have put the West Indies on course, Hasan held his nerve to maintain Pakistan's grip over their hosts.

West Indies will rue a particularly wretched fielding performance, with several balls going through fielders' legs and plenty more fumbled. It detracted from an organised bowling display that had Pakistan on the back foot from the start, with Samuel Badree dismissing Kamran Akmal for a duck in the first over. No batsman could build on a start, and at one point it looked like the visitors might even fail to reach three figures as they slid to 95 for 8. Late blows from Shadab and Wahab Riaz then ensured they would have just enough to bowl at.

Where the game was won
West Indies were their own worst enemy at times, with sloppy fielding gifting Pakistan at least 15 runs. But what they might really rue is giving Pakistan the opportunity to bowl at a competitive total after reducing them to 95 for 8. Shadab and Wahab each played vital cameos in a 36-run stand off just 19 balls. It took Pakistan to 132, a total that had looked ambitious for much of the innings as their batsmen struggled to get any sort of momentum.

The men who won it
Shadab appears to outdo himself every time he steps onto the field, each game replacing the preceding one as the highlight of his career. Tonight, his effort was a legspin masterclass, with the teenager at times the only person standing between West Indies and victory. No batsman could pick his variations, with a pair falling to the legbreak, and two more dismissed after failing to read the googly.

His final over to Marlon Samuels was T20 cricket at its nuanced best. Samuels recognised all he needed to do was see out the over, while nothing less than his wicket would do for Pakistan. It appeared the West Indian had succeeded, before Shadab deceived him off the last ball of his spell with a devilish wrong'un. Samuels could merely edge it to the wicketkeeper, and from that point on, the match began to slip away from the hosts.

Moment of the match
The first four overs of the West Indies innings were ungainly, with batsmen and fielders unable to help themselves colliding into each other; no less than three times did players come together. The first, between Lewis and Shadab, resulted in the batsman being run-out, but the final one was altogether nastier. Samuels defended to point and scampered off for a quick single. Ahmed Shehzad ran in to effect a run out, and found himself in the path of Chadwick Walton. This resulted in a horrible collision, with Walton's knee thumping into Shehzad's upper back and neck, requiring an ambulance to come out on the field and stretcher Shehzad off. It looked worse, but the Pakistan opener was back on the field a few overs later.

Where they stand
Pakistan now cannot lose the four-match series, having taken a 2-0 lead. The third T20I will be played on April 1, at the same venue.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • Michael on April 1, 2017, 16:00 GMT

    @SHERWINE.....of course but he is not going to tell you that I referred to him as a FABRICATOR of the highest order who forgot that he had FABRICATED it at 93% too. Go back and check for yourself...and the FACTS will also show that Ramdin WAS the better skipper but now watches from the sideline and that he uses bits of paper to point at cameras and that he took a ball off the ground IN FULL VIEW OF TV AUDIENCES AROUND the GLOBE and VEHEMENTLY appealed for a catch. In future when you want to state FACTS,do not pick and choose...mentioned the ALL IMPORTANT ones....the ones' that stand OUT instead of being BIAS and SELECTIVE.

  • Richard on April 1, 2017, 3:10 GMT

    In Metman world,

    K Braithwaite would replace Lewis Carter and Chase to replace Simmons and Pollard Benn and Nurse to replace Narine and Badree.

    But he can keep on dreaming

    Btw- mngc1, did Metman answer you with Ramdin taking 90% of his catches.

    Maybe Ramdin should be captain, the FACTS will show he has a better record than Carlos Braithwaite as captain.

  • Michael on March 31, 2017, 23:00 GMT

    Pollard a leader???? then Kraigg should be one to replace him in the middle order to pummel the opposition in the final overs. @TONOBWOY....when you CHRISTENED your OWN team the RED FARCE way back when,I am not surprised at the high class NONSENSE you spew forth most of the time on this forum. If you are going to replace Holder one who expect that whoever replaces him would do so with superior curriculum vitae ,it that case name a player in the SAME category or one with superior stats that you would replace him with. If Pollard with ridiculous stats in both ODIs and T20s at the start and UP TO THIS VERY DAY got chances why can't Holder who has started BETTER get his too ? Pollard and Simmons are only playing BECAUSE 3 of the matches were to be played in Trinidad....any other place they would NOT have been considered.

  • Waqas on March 31, 2017, 21:58 GMT

    Pakistan 2 - 0 up :) What a bowling from Shadab Khan again. Batting still a big worry and several top order batsmen should be dropped now.

  • ahadd on March 31, 2017, 20:10 GMT

    MEKKAYEL states, ".....if Holder doesn't deserve to play for WI then no one else does. look at his record. he just almost got WI home this game....''' Mekkayel is correct about Holder. Holder is just ah almost player.

  • Narine on March 31, 2017, 19:56 GMT

    Bring in Jason Mohammed who can bat and bowl some part time offspin, Powell is looking out of it completely. The squad for next game should be: Lewis, Walton, Samuels, Simmons, Jason Mohammed, Pollard, Braitewaite, Holder, Sunil, Badree and Williams. If Pollard, Sunil and Simmons has to leave for IPL duties then it should make the selectors job easier, bring in Jason, Taylor and Carter.

  • Asif on March 31, 2017, 19:38 GMT

    Shadab khan will outclass yasir shah on any given day. Shadab light years ahead of Yasir shah and he should be inducted in Test ASAP. Yasir has limited talent and we need to bring other leg breakers we found during PSL. There is no comparision between shadab and yasir those who are comparing these two talents. yasir shah should be lucky to be playing for Pakistan as we got far better young guns available to replace him.

  • trevor on March 31, 2017, 19:29 GMT

    Did someone say Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy are available?-Also Carter_and Joseph_come on we are two down_ se must win the next 2 games,Pollard brings more to the game than batting_he is a leader on line the field_R Powell &Holder will have to sit this one out_probably not the only ones_.

  • Michael on March 31, 2017, 19:25 GMT

    The BOWLERS did their part in bowling out Pakiatan for a SMALL score.The BATSMEN from 1 to 6 with the exception of Samuels were RESPONSIBLE for the TEAM not getting the runs...yet certain biased individuals keep talking about Carlos' capt'cy being the reason for the WI losing the match. NOBODY is talking about that DISGRACEFUL SWIPE by Pollard but seek instead to talk about dropped catches and miss fields costing the WI this and that amount of runs not realizing that if that catch/catches had been taken then that IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE that with the incoming batsman the final score could have been HIGHER. @mngc1..you so like to IF this and IF that in ONE DIRECTION after the fact that you can't seem to understand that IF Narine,Carlos and Badree didn't get those wickets the final score could have been much higher too.? ..and do you realize also that HAD Holder NOT taken those two catches the final score could have been closer to 200 too ? you are IFFING on one side of the coin again

  • aj_1006681930 on March 31, 2017, 17:55 GMT

    Yasir shah is the best leg spinner in the world right now as far as test cricket is concerned.....forget about the rankings....even ordinary nathan lyon and steven o keef took a 10 fors on 10 day pitches in india and we all know how badly ashwin struggled in england,australia and south africa.....his figures are inflated by bowling on dust bowl wickets....as far as shadab khan is concerned he is a great find in limited over cricket

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