The World T20 Champions, West Indies facing some tough time in on-going tour in UAE. West Indies tour of UAE contains 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 3 Tests against Pakistan. The tour kick started with T20I series. As Pakistan lead the series with 2-0, the last T20 which took place on last night was important game for both teams. If Pakistan wins they win the series 3-0 for the first time in their T20I history. In West Indies point of view, as a World Champs they should not loss a series with Whitewash.
In this important game, Pakistan assured a first ever Clean Sweep in their T20I history. Earlier, Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz won the toss and elected to bowl first. Imad Wasim had a great spell once again. He once again dismantled West Indies top-order. He bowled four overs and picked 3 wickets for 21 runs. Other Pakistan bowlers also accompanied him very well economical bowling. At one point West Indies were struggling for 31 for 4 in 9th over.
Marlon Samuels tried to rescue his team, but his strike rate was too low. When West Indies lost their 5th wicket, the score were 66-5 in 13th over. Kieron Pollard joined with Samuels. The pair remained not out and batted for all remaining over. But, still they managed to post just 103 runs on the board in 20 overs. Samuels remained not out for 42 runs off 59 balls at 71.18. On other side, the man who known for power hitting Pollard scored just 16 runs off 17 balls he faced.
Every Pakistan bowler bowled under 6 RPO in their respective spells. Imad picked up 3 wickets and Mohammad Nawaz took 1 wicket. They are the wicket taking bowlers for Pakistan.
In reply, Pakistan openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif started well with short target in front of them. In the 6th over West Indies’s debutant bowler Kesrick Williams strikes and he took a wicket of Sharjeel Khan. Sharjeel caught out for 11 runs. In the same over Williams took his second wicket in his International T20 career. Another opener Khalid Latif bowled by Williams for 21 runs. On that time Pakistan were 40 for 2 in 6 overs.
The experienced batsman in Pakistan line-up, Shoaib Malik joined with the young batsman Babar Azam. The trio made sure there no more wicket loss. In the end Pakistan chased down the target comfortably with 8 wickets in hand. Pakistan chased the target of 104 in 16th over. Shoaib Malik was the top-scorer with 43* (4 fours and a six) and Azam remained not out for 27 runs. Kesrick Williams was the only bowler who took wickets. He bowled dream spell on his debut with 4-15-2.
Imad Wasim announced as Player of the Match for his bowling effort of 3/21 in 4 overs. He also won Man of the Series award for his 9 wickets in the series.
With that emphatic win, Pakistan won the series 3-0 and its their first ever Clean Sweep win in Pakistan’s T20 history and it came against the World T20 Champions!
West Indies top-order were the major issue for the team. In all 3 matches, West Indies failed to fire in the power play overs and lost at least 3 wickets inside 6 overs in all 3 matches. The team’s main strength are the middle-order batting which surrounded with all power hitting All-rounders. As their top-order failed, middle order also struggled in every match they played in this T20 series. Pakistan are playing home season in UAE and they have played so many matches at these venues. Pakistan team adopt to the conditions quickly as they knew these venues better than all other teams. That was the main strength for them in this tour.
West Indies players were struggled to adopt to UAE conditions and in these UAE pitches scoring big hits and boundaries are not quite possible. Hope that West Indies ODI side will come back from this heart-breaking defeat and start the ODI series as Fresh!
The two teams are facing each other in 3-match ODI series which starts on this Friday, Sept. 30 2016. The match starts at 3 PM (local)/4.30 PM (IST)/11 AM GMT