Cricket : Pakistan hold off late West Indies charge to win second T20I

Pakistan endure Nicholas Pooran’s late barrage to beat West Indies by seven runs in the second Twenty20 and go 1-0 up in the four-match series.

Left-gave Pooran crushed six sixes and four limits on Saturday yet his unbeaten 62 off 33 balls could convey the West Indies to just 150-4.

Pakistan was placed into bat first and scored 157-8 with commander Babar Azam (51) and Mohammad Rizwan (46) proceeding to score intensely direct.

Jason Holder snatched 4-26 and Dwayne Bravo got the wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman off progressive conveyances as Pakistan lost six wickets for 23 runs in their last four overs.

Rizwan and Azam consolidated in a 67-run second wicket remain before Rizwan was run out in the fifteenth over.

Holder returned in the seventeenth over and Azam was out gotten behind after a TV reference. The Pakistan chief strolled off the field in dismay.

The West Indies power-hitters couldn’t mount a charge against the accomplished offspin of Hafeez, who yielded only six runs off his four overs and clean-bowled Andre Fletcher with his subsequent conveyance.

Legspinner Shadab Khan (0-22) additionally parted with only one limit that choked the West Indies run pursue on a sluggish pitch.

“We were 10-15 runs low, yet our bowlers bowled well indeed, and I figure we should give them credit,” Azam said. Hafeez showed his involvement with the powerplay and as chief it satisfied me a ton.” At the point when Ewin Lewis needed to resign hurt because of issues in the wake of scoring 35 off 33 balls, West Indies actually required 82 runs off the last six overs.

While Kieron Pollard couldn’t discover limits against the speed, Pooran coordinated the ball well and hit his sixes against quick bowlers Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali.

“I thought the manner in which the bowlers skiped back shows we’re steady with the ball,” Pollard said.

“Toward the day’s end we might have taken a couple of more singles ? there are things we keep on taking a gander at, and everything’s about progress as the games go on. We were on the losing end today, however all expectation isn’t lost.”

The principal T20 was cleaned out in Barbados on Wednesday. Guyana has the excess two T20s on Sunday and next Tuesday, trailed by a two-Test series in Jamaica.

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