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Pakistan crushed the T20 Champions, West Indies – 2nd T20

Zia Rana July 28, 2013

Pakistan 7-135 (Umar Akmal 46*, Ahmed Shehzad 44, Sunil Narine 3-26) beat West Indies 9-124 (Dwayne Bravo 35, Sunil Narine 28, Sohail Tanvir 2-20, Saeed Ajmal 2-21) by 11 runs.

The enthusiastic Pakistani squad outplayed the world T20 Champions, West Indies, in all departments of the game in the 2nd game and won the series convincingly.

The Green Shirts scored 135 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allocated 20 overs and the Caribbeans managed 9-124 in the required quota of overs.

Umar Akmal (Pakistan) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his express unbeaten knock of 46 runs off just 36 balls.

Zulfiqar Babar (Pakistan) was declared ‘Player of the series’ for his outstanding bowling in two games.

The second and final Twenty20 was played on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent.

Mohammad Hafeez won the toss for Pakistan and came out to bat along with Ahmed Shehzad. They scored 24 runs in 3.6 overs when the first was gone for 10 runs and the next two batsmen, Umar Amin and the debutant, Haris Sohail, went back to the dressing room for 7 and 1 runs respectively. The visitors were 3-42 in 8 overs when Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad got together at the crease. The run rate went up as the latter hit 10 runs in the 11th over with 1 six and 1 four and the score was taken to 78 in 12.5 overs.

Umar Akmal - An express unbeaten knock of 46 off 36 balls

Umar Akmal – An express unbeaten knock of 46 off 36 balls

Ahmed Shehzad was caught by Lendl Simmons at deep midwicket off Kieron Pollard for 44 from 46 balls with 2 big sixes and 4 fours. Umar Akmal was stranded at his end as the wickets kept on sliding at the other side at regular intervals. He remained unbeaten for 46 off 36 balls with 1 six and 3 fours as the visitors reached 7-135 at the end of the 20th over.

Sunil Narine was the star performer with three wickets, Sunil Badree got two whereas Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard held one wicket each.

West Indies had an awkward start as they  lost their four top order batsmen for just 17 runs. Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons surrendered for just 17 runs in 8 overs. Sunil Narine joined in with Dwayne Bravo and they tried to steady the ship by forceful hitting. They scored 16 runs in the 10th over with 2 sixes as Narine gathered another 11 runs three overs later with two back to back fours. The fifth wicket fell at 64 in 13.3 overs when Sunil Narine lost his wicket for 28 off just 16 with 1 six and 3 fours. Kieron Pollard walked in the park and punished Zulfiqar Babar for 20 runs on the first four deliveries of the 17th over. The bowler came back by removing both batsmen on the last two balls.

Pollard was caught by Haris Sohail for 23 off 10 and Dwayne Bravo was held by Hammad Azam for 35 from 44 deliveries with 1 six and 2 fours. Christopher Barnwell hit 2 fours in the 18th over but was run out for 10 and Darren Sammy scored one. Tino Best kept hopes alive by hitting 17 runs off 9 with 2 sixes but the home side fell short of 11 runs by reaching 9-124.

Sohail Tanvir, Zulfiqar Babar and Saeed Ajmal were the top wicket takers with two each whereas Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi picked up one wicket each.

Pakistan won the encounter with a margin of 11 runs and grasped the two match series 2-0. The Green Shirts has now occupied the second position in the T20 world ranking with 124 points whereas Sri Lanka rules the world by grabbing 134.

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