Pakistan vs West Indies, T20I Series: Combined XI
The Pakistan team won the first, second and final T20I to lift the series at 3-1
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One of the pillars of West Indian batting in the limited over format, Samuels was instrumental in stitching important partnerships with the likes of Walton and Lewis. Though he could manage only 91 runs in the four outings, he always threatened to take the attack to the opposition and make a mark in the series.
Samuels also proved his credentials with the ball by chipping in with important wickets at crucial junctures of the game even though he was generally underused by the captain Carlos Brathwaite.
He played a vital knock in the nail-biter matchup in the 2nd T20I by scoring 44 runs off just 35 balls. He would like to make amends by converting his starts into big ones in the upcoming ODI series.
Babar Azam over a period of last 18 months transformed from a talented youngster to a consistent performer for the fragile Pakistan batting. He continued his good performance with the bat by piling up as many as 137 runs in 4 innings of the series.
By throwing caution to the wind after early dismissals by preserving wickets in hand, he provided the necessary platform that allowed the likes of Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Khan and Fakhar Zaman to play their natural game.
The only scope of improvement for this exceptional talent would be the low strike rate. He would look to dominate the West Indian bowling in the upcoming matchups.
One of the few senior statesmen active in Pakistan cricket, Shoaib Malik had a decent series with the bat. He also dispensed vital inputs to the young and inexperienced Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed at key moments in the series.
With wickets falling around him he played crucial knocks of 38 and 28 in the first half of the series and shepherded his team home. Even though he had a disappointing end to the series, West Indies would not underestimate his exploits with the bat.
He was definitely a key member in the concluded T20 series and will play a vital role in the future fixtures.