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Pakistan complete Twenty20 double over West Indies

Pakistan cruise to Twenty20 victory  (©GettyImages)
Pakistan cruise to Twenty20 victory (©GettyImages).

Pakistan recorded a second Twenty20 victory against West Indies on Sunday, reaching 135-7 from their 20 overs.

West Indies - reigning world T20 champions, had their top order dismantled early on, leaving them with a massive task to level the series, and eventually fell 11 runs short.

Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal kept the score ticking, scoring 44 and 46 respectively, as Darren Sammy's team struggled to build any pressure on their opponents, until Sunil Narine took three late wickets to halt a late flurry of runs, as Akmal finished unbeaten just four short of his half-century.

The Windies were not helped by the bowling of Dwayne Bravo, being dispatched for 35 runs off his four overs, without taking a wicket.

However, he made up with the bat - top scoring with 35 - though the damage was already done, the usually reliant trio of Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, and Johnson Charles falling within 20 minutes to leave them 4-3, the target of 136 looking a long way away.

The run rate started to sky-rocket, but some clever batting but them back in contention, as the game took two massive twists in the 17th over.

Kieron Pollard smashed two sixes and two fours off Zulfiqar Babar, before he recovered and took back-to-back wickets, leaving them 94-7 and three overs to add the remaining 42 to the score.

Christopher Barnwell and Tino Best threatened to make it an uncomfortable finish, hitting a combined 27 off 14 balls, but another two wickets fell on 105, and in the end, they could only muster 124-9, in a game they would've expected to win when they limited Pakistan to a below-average 135.

The loss tops off a miserable month for the Windies, after losing the ODI series 3-1, they have now ended the T20 series with a 2-0 loss.

The usually reliable Gayle will be particularly unhappy with the tour, averaging 9.6 from his seven games, five of those he fell for less than 10.

 

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