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West Indies vs Pakistan 2013: 2nd T20I - Bowlers help Pakistan clinch the series

Nishit Nakar
ANALYST
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1.69K   //    29 Jul 2013, 11:56 IST

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Pakistan ended their tour of the West Indies with 11-run win in the second T20 international in St. Vincent on Sunday. This victory completed a 2-0 whitewash over the reigning world T20 champions which saw Pakistan move up to 2nd place in the ICC T20 rankings.

The visitors derailed West Indies’ innings as they ran through the top order to lay the foundation for victory as they successfully defended a mediocre target of 136 runs by restricting the West Indies to 124 for 9 in their 20 overs.

It ensured visitor’s successful campaign continued on the tour of West Indies as this clean sweep comes on the back of a 3-1 win in the five-match ODI series.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first on a dry pitch. Opener Ahmed Shehzad anchored the innings, scoring 44 in 46 balls but did not find the support at the other end. His departure led Umar Akmal to the crease, and it was he who took over the scoring responsibility on a slow pitch. He ended up with a breezy 46*off 36 balls, ensuring Pakistan bowlers had a modest target to defend.

In reply, West Indies’ capitulation was appalling to see as they lost first three wickets in three overs. It was another failure for Chris Gayle, who tried to work the ball on the onside, but got a leading edge as the ball lobbed straight to cover and was out for one.

The trio of Dwayne Bravo, Narine, who was promoted as a pinch hitter, and Kieron Pollard threatened a dramatic recovery with asking run rate of more than 12 an over. But the charge came too little to late as West Indies eventually fell 11 runs short of the target.

Brief scores: Pakistan 135 for 7 (Akmal 46*, Narine 3-26) and West Indies 124 for 9 (Bravo 35, Tanvir 2-20)

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