An­other bat­ting melt­down

West Indies lose T20 se­ries af­ter sec­ond loss to Pak­istan

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): WEST INDIES suf­fered their sec­ond bat­ting melt­down in the space of 48 hours as they slumped to a 16-run de­feat to Pak­istan in the sec­ond Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional here on Satur­day night to meekly sur­ren­der the three-match se­ries. Asked to chase 161 for vic­tory at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, the Caribbean side looked any­thing but reign­ing World cham­pi­ons as they in­ex­pli­ca­bly col­lapsed to 144 for nine off their 20 overs to suf­fer their sec­ond straight loss of the se­ries fol­low­ing a sim­i­lar dis­ap­point­ing out­ing on Fri­day. Su­nil Narine saved some face for the Windies with a cameo top score of 30 off 17 de­liv­er­ies bat­ting at num­ber nine, while An­dre Fletcher chipped in with 29 – a pedes­trian knock that re­quired 37 balls – and fell far short of what was re­quired. West Indies were ripped apart by left-arm seamer So­hail Tan­vir, who snapped up three for 13 in a bril­liant four-over spell and was sup­ported by rookie speed­ster Hasan Ali, who fin­ished with three for 49.

UN­BEATEN

Cap­tain Sar­fraz Ahmed had ear­lier guided Pak­istan up to a chal­leng­ing 160 for four off their 20 overs when he

top-scored with a Man-of-the-Match un­beaten 46 off 32 de­liv­er­ies.

Sent in, Pak­istan also ben­e­fited from opener Khalid Latif’s knock of 40 off 36 balls and the ex­pe­ri­enced right-han­der Shoaib Ma­lik’s in­valu­able 37 off 28 balls.

Shar­jeel Khan fell cheaply for two at four for one in the third over when he dragged on to leg-spin­ner Sa­muel Badree, but two half-cen­tury stands then re­paired the in­nings and pro­pelled the hosts to the high­est-ever to­tal at the ground.

Latif struck three fours and a six as he added 54 for the sec­ond wicket with Babar Azam, who scored 19, while Sar­fraz and Shoaib com­bined in a 69-ru, fourth wicket part­ner­ship which took the game away from West Indies.

Sar­fraz pro­duced a con­trolled in­nings, strik­ing five fours and run­ning sen­si­bly be­tween the wick­ets with Shoaib, who

counted three bound­aries and a six be­fore hol­ing out in the deep in the fi­nal over.

Any hopes West Indies had of re­dis­cov­er­ing their World Cup­win­ning form were quickly dashed as they slumped to 19 for three in the sixth over, with So­hail pick­ing up two of the wick­ets to fall.

John­son Charles (10) picked out Umar Ak­mal at long on off left-arm spin­ner Imad Wasim – with the score on 12 – in the third over and Evin Lewis was taken at slip by Shar­jeel for three, edg­ing a boom­ing back­foot drive at So­hail in the fol­low­ing over with just three runs added.

When Mar­lon Sa­muels nicked So­hail be­hind to de­part for one in the sixth over, West Indies were floun­der­ing.

Fletcher then an­chored two stands, adding 26 for the fourth wicket with Dwayne Bravo (18) and a fur­ther 37 for the fifth wicket with Kieron Pol­lard (18). Nei­ther stand proved threat­en­ing, how­ever, as none of the three play­ers was af­forded the free­dom to score quickly.

Col­laps­ing at 89 for seven in the 16th, Narine en­er­gised the in­nings by belt­ing four fours and a six, post­ing 30 for the eighth wicket with cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite (8) and 25 for the ninth wicket with Jerome Tay­lor (10 not out).

But once Brath­waite de­posited Hasan Ali into Umar Ak­mal’s lap at long on at the start of the 19th over with 42 runs still re­quired, any re­main­ing hope dis­ap­peared.

The third and fi­nal game is set for Abu Dhabi to­mor­row.

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