Pakistan beat West Indies in the second Twenty20 to not only clinch the two-match series but also grabbed second position in T20 international rankings.

[caption id="attachment_1954" align="alignright" width="261"]Umar Akmal played another innings in crisis, which also earned him the player-of-the-match award (Photo: WICB) Umar Akmal played another innings in crisis, which also earned him the player-of-the-match award (Photo: WICB)[/caption]

Today’s win was completely because of bowlers, who, defending a target of just 136 runs, had ruined West Indies batting line-up at the very outset. The dismissals of Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels in the second, third and fourth overs broke the backbone of the hosts. Dwayne Bravo, along with Sunil Narine, tried to come back in the game, but Pakistani bowlers were overwhelming.

Sammy’s decision to send Narine before Kieron Pollard was a bit surprising, though the spinner made 28 off 16 to fend off possible criticism on the captain. There was only a single occasion, albeit quite brief, in the West Indies innings when they seemed to make a comeback in the match. It was when Pollard smashed two sixes and two fours to rookie Zulfiqar Babar in the 17th over. But the bowler perished Pollard on the fifth ball, and Bravo on the next ball to salvage the loss. Darren Sammy could also do nothing and the hosts managed to make 124 for 9 in 20 overs. So it was an 11-run victory for the tourists.

Sohail Tanvir, who was given chance in place of Mohammad Irfan, bowled well, claiming 2 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs. Saeed Ajmal took 2 wickets in 4 overs and conceded 21 runs. Babar’s two wickets came in a single over in which he gave 20 runs. Captain Mohammad Hafeez gave just 9 runs in 4 overs and also took the biggest wicket of Gayle.

Pakistan’s innings was opened by Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad as Nasir Jamshed had been ruled out in the match. Hafeez played the same shot to Samuel Badree which cost him his wicket in the first match. Skipper’s loss on 24 was followed by the dismissals of Umar Amin and Haris Sohail and Pakistan were 42 for 3 in 8 overs. Shehzad and Umar Akmal played their parts at the stage. Although Shehzad was dismissed in the 13th over and could not make his half-century, his share of 44 runs proved fruitful for the team in the low-scorer.

Umar helped Pakistan reach a defendable total of 135, although no batsman could stay with him at the crease. Shahid Afridi (6), Hammad Azam (1) and Sohail Tanvir (0) were dismissed in the space of just 13 runs, but Umar’s bat continued scoring runs. He remained unbeaten making 46 off 36. His innings included a six and three fours.

Sunil Narine took three wickets for 26 runs and Badree took two. Sammy and Pollard took once wicket apiece.

Umar Akmal was given the player-of-the-match award and Zulfiqar Babar was declared the player of the series for his five wickets and valuable runs in the first match.

Pakistan vs West Indies

2nd Twenty20 International

July 28, 2013

Venue: Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent

Result: Pakistan won by 11 runs

Player of the match: Umar Akmal

Player of the series; Zulfiqar Babar

Ahmed Shehzadc Simmons b Pollard444642
Mohammad Hafeezc Simmons b Badree10710
Umar Aminc & b Sammy7610
Haris Sohailc & b Badree1400
Umar Akmalnot out463631
Shahid Afridic Samuels b Narine61000
Hammad Azamst †Charles b Narine1200
Sohail Tanvirc Bravo b Narine0300
Zulfiqar Babarnot out11610
Extras(byes 2, leg-byes 4, wides 3)9
Total(7 wickets; 20 overs)135


West Indies (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Darren Sammy40201
Samuel Badree40162
Sunil Narine40263
Tino Best20160
Daren Bravo40350
Kieron Pollard20161


ویسٹ انڈیزtarget: 136 runsRunsBalls4s6s
Chris Gaylec Umar Akmal b Sohail Tanvir0900
Johnson Charlesc Shahid Afridi b Mohammad Hafeez1300
Marlon Samuelsc Umar Akmal b Sohail Tanvir1400
Lendl Simmonsb Shahid Afridi31600
Dwayne Bravoc Hammad Azam b Zulfiqar Babar354421
Sunil Narinec Umar Amin b Saeed Ajmal281631
Kieron Pollardc Haris Sohail b Zulfiqar Babar231022
Darren Sammyc Shahid Afridi b Saeed Ajmal1400
Christopher Barnwellrun out (Hammad Azam/Umar Akmal)10520
Tino Bestnot out17902
Samuel Badreenot out1100
Extraslb 1, w 2, nb 1)4
Total(9 wickets; 20 overs)124


Pakistan (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Mohammad Hafeez4091
Sohail Tanvir40202
Zulfiqar Babar40372
Shahid Afridi30291
Saeed Ajmal40212
Asad Ali1070
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