West Indies roar back to win 3rd T20 easily against Pakistan


Marlon Samuels helped him add 56 runs for the second wicket and debutant Jason Mohammed looked composed in a third-wicket stand of 76, his contribution being an unbeaten 17.

While the West Indies lost opener Chadwick Walton for one in only the second over of their reply, the rest of their run-chase was highly routine. His fine knock came of 51 deliveries, which included five boundaries and nine monstrous sixes, along with a strike rate of 178, which was certainly enough to snatch the game away from Pakistan.

The focus again is on talented leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who marked his first appearances at senior global level in this format with successive Man of the Match performances.

Pakistan, electing to bat first, squandered a good partnership between Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam to score an underwhelming 137-8.

It took Pakistan until the 15th over to reach three figures - by which time Kamran had departed - as Babar launched Sunil Narine (1-34) over deep midwicket for six.

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It will be a salvage operation today for Carlos Brathwaite's West Indies side as they try to stop Pakistan clinching their Twenty20 worldwide series in the third match.

Kamran Akmal top scored with 48 for Pakistan, while Samuel Badree took two wickets for West Indies.

The West Indies leg-spinner got retribution however, when the Pakistani opener was bowled for four with the next delivery, wrong-footed, moving down the pitch and looking to play into the leg-side. In the same opening over, Imad Wasim was stumped for a duck.

They now trail 2-1 in the four-match clash and will hope for a repeat display in the final T20 on Sunday.

But Akmal and Babar stemmed the fall of wickets with purposeful batting, carrying Pakistan to 42 for two at the end of the Power Play. Shadab Khan has been the most successful bowler for Pakistan in this series and the visitors will be depending on the youngster to guide them to a much-needed series win.