West Indies v Pakistan, 4th T20I, Port of Spain April 2, 2017

Brilliant Hasan ensures Pakistan take series


Pakistan 127 for 3 (Shehzad 53) beat West Indies 124 for 8 (Walton 40, Hasan 2-12, Shadab 2-16) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Hasan Ali bowled back-to-back maidens and picked up two wickets to wreck West Indies © AFP

In a nutshell

A no-contest between Pakistan's bowling attack and the West Indies battling line-up. There were 66 dot balls in the innings - that's 11 overs out of 20 - and eight of those dots were wickets. Hasan Ali bowled back-to-back maidens and finished with match-winning figures of 4-2-12-2.

Chadwick Walton, with 40, and Carlos Brathwaite, who made 37, his new career best, bettering the score he had made at the World T20 final, dragged West Indies to 124 for 8. It was nowhere near enough. Although the pitch at Queens Park Oval was being used for its third straight match, there weren't enough signs of the ball slowing up. And Pakistan's top order capitalised. Ahmed Shehzad struck 53 off 45 balls to ensure a seven-wicket victory.

Where the game was won

The middle overs. Yes they exist in T20. For further proof, Hasan did most of his damage through inswingers, which for him, come out best with an old ball. Three out of his four overs came after the first 10 when West Indies fell from a respectable 59 for 2 to a silly 87 for 6. A slide like that might have been justified if there had been a spree of magic deliveries or an invasion of pitch demons. But all Hasan did was bowl full and straight. He understood that was enough by watching the West Indian batsmen set up on leg stump, and wait on the back foot, preferring to have room to free the arms and flat bat sixes.

The men who who won it

Hasan had been hit for a six off the third delivery he bowled. The punishment was dealt to a good length ball - the same kind with which he profited later in the innings. That he still stuck to his strengths against a team known for its big hitting was a sign of the 23-year old's self-belief. It helped, though, that when he came on for his second spell - 2-2-0-2 - West Indies were stuck in a rut. They were falling behind in the innings and tried to hit their way out of trouble. Not a sensible thing to do against a bowler harnessing a little bit of reverse swing.

The instigator of the choke, though, was legspinner Shadab Khan. He also dismissed the opposition's best batsman on the day - Walton - by teasing him into big shot that only went as far as long-on. The reason for that was the dip the 18-year old generated. In much the same way, he deceived Jason Holder in the 16th over and though he didn't get Kieron Pollard, he was beating his outside edge repeatedly.

Moment of the match

Marlon Samuels had just struck back-to-back sixes. He has turned low totals into match-winning ones before and has had phenomenal success in finals both actual and virtual. There were no such heroics on Sunday because, on the heels of being involved in a bizarre run-out, his middle stump took a beating. Hasan's wicket-to-wicket line was poorly negotiated by Samuels, who stayed leg side of the ball and attempted a lame glide to third man. His knees buckled and as he sank to the floor, there was almost a look of begrudging approval of a delivery that had been too good for him.

Where they stand

Pakistan clinched the four-match T20I series 3-1. The two teams resume their limited-overs battle in the three-match ODI series starting in Guyana on April 7.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Gudu on April 6, 2017, 1:28 GMT

    Haris Sohail & Sami Aslam are young and talented they should be given the chance.

  • molab14586992 on April 5, 2017, 12:26 GMT

    @Crick_expert mate all the cricketers you mentioned are not worthy of playing for pakistan 3 are suspended and one has retired the other 4 Owais,Maqsood,Harris and Fawad are all tuk tuks and Maqsood and Owais zia are simply not international quality and Harris and Fawad alam do not fit in my T20 11 1:Shehzad 2:Kamran 3:Fakhar 4:Babar 5:Malik 6:Sarfraz 7:Imad 8:Shadab 9:Hassan A 10:Raees 11:Usman K ODIs 1:Shehzad 2:Kamran/Fakhar 3:Babar 4:Malik 5:Sarfraz 6:Asif Zakir 7:Shadab 8:Imad 9:Amir 10:Junaid 11:Hassan Ali Tests 1:Azhar 2:Shani/Sami 3:Fawad Alam 4:Younis 5:Misbah 6:Shafiq 7:Sarfraz 8:Amir 9:Wahab 10:Yasir 11:Hassan ali/Mohammed Abbas Bench:Asghar,Zafar Gohar,Usama Mir,Usman salahuddin,Saud Shakeel,Imam U Haq,Khalid Usman,Rizwan,Saad Ali,Hussain Talat,Hammad Azam,Fahim Ashraf,Khushdil Shah,Harris sohail,Amear Yamin,

  • hafsas1946970 on April 5, 2017, 5:47 GMT

    @crick_expert: Sharjeel, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed are suspended from playing, Afridi's retired. What the others are doing off the field I dunno. This is the reason why Pak could not even reach more that 140.

  •   Sheharyar Abbasi on April 4, 2017, 19:11 GMT

    @SRIDXB Do u know there is something known as FTP which every team follows? Not according to their own wish.

  • Mohammed on April 4, 2017, 17:55 GMT

    Good for Pakistan cricket.

  • Jawwad on April 4, 2017, 17:53 GMT

    @dmartens - There are no norms in cricket. If one to go by your theory then if a batsman scores hundred one day and bowlers takes 5 wickets then they should repeat it every single time. It's a new day everyone. Pitch, weather, toss, team combination, right combination, leadership are all the variables playing out at the same time. If you are playing in India, then you would say 170 may not be a par score. If you are playing in UAE, 170 is a winning score.

  • crazy on April 4, 2017, 17:39 GMT

    Pakistan won is good. They should win matches with India Australia south Africa and new Zealand then accepted but the the is really not up to international standards. Kamran babar malik in batting line up are only confident to play. Rest of the team is very poor. Fielding is a bit improved. When ever Pakistan need to improve ranking get they play with west indies Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. No doubt there are bunch of talented players but pcb is not using them. Fawad Harris also can be given a chance instead of shehzad and hafeez. All the best for odi. Pakistan will win and they will be ready for champions trophy.

  • Nader on April 4, 2017, 17:14 GMT

    BADBOYCRICFAN. You have got to be kidding friend!!! They were not able to score 140 runs throughout the series!!! 170 is norm in modern T20I.

  • Nader on April 4, 2017, 16:56 GMT

    Sarfaraz's performance with the bat has been pathetic. Bad choice as a captain not leading from the front. shouting and screaming behind the stump is not good leadership.

  •   badboycricfan on April 4, 2017, 13:53 GMT

    With such a brilliant captain at helm and the best bowling unit in the world ind sa aus and kiwis stand no chance against this supercharged Pak team I mean look at them field they are outstanding... these guys will simply blow them away... Pakistan will win the next t20 W.C and no one stands a chance against them...

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