Badree makes it two in two
Samuel Badree's modus operandi takes the surface out of the equation most times. He relies more on drift than turn, but what makes him a threat is the quick-arm action that helps him get the ball to skid through quickly. Sharjeel Khan's modus operandi revolves around camping back and playing the pull, which he does so effectively most times. In the first T20I, he tried to pull Badree, only to see the ball skid on faster and beat his swing to hit leg stump. On Saturday, Badree, bowling with a relatively dry ball, kept it fuller to force Sharjeel to play off the front foot, and a string of dots in the first two overs forced him to attempt a jabbing drive which he chopped on. Badree's smile at having Sharjeel's number for the second time in as many matches was as telling as any send-off.
Nicholas Pooran may have fond memories of playing in Dubai. It was here that he made a sparkling 143 against Australia at the Under-19 World Cup in 2014. For a brief while on Saturday, though, he could have been excused for wanting to run out of the venue as fast as possible. Fielding at long leg, he was guilty of charging in a little too much to completely misjudge a whip from Khalid Latif. While it isn't clear if Dubai's "ring of fire" floodlights may have affected his sight, the manner in which Pooran scampered back in an attempt to recover suggested he was just caught completely off guard. He eventually leapt high to take it, but only landed on his behind as the ball plonked a few inches behind him.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite struck off the next ball following Pooran's dropped chance. He got the in-form Babar Azam, and the relief was palpable. Even as Azam was making the walk back, Brathwaite invited attention with a unique mid-pitch jig that, at first, seemed like an angry gesture. Then he laughed and repeated the jig: both feet off the ground and his left forearm covering his eyes as he hopped repeatedly. His team-mates soon joined in to complete what was later termed "the dab".
Malik gives up, Taylor misses
Shoaib Malik was sent a yorker when he stepped out to Jerome Taylor, but he managed to squeeze it out. The ball squirted towards the bowler, with Malik still nearly halfway down the pitch. The batsmen thought it would be futile to attempt to dash back to safety. Taylor had all the time in the world to run up to the stumps and knock the bails off, but decided to throw at the wicket. As it turned out, he could not hit any of the three stumps from less than 10 yards away. He could not even get close.