West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd T20I – 5 Talking Points

Pakistan were held at 138 for eight in the third T20I and it was still not going to be easy as visitors had successfully defended 132 and had chased a modest 111 losing four wickets for the same in the previous matches.

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West Indies’ Evin Lewis scored a 51-ball 91-run knock. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan’s tour of West Indies has been very entertaining and it always is if West Indies is involved. The tour has started with the bowlers dominating each and every match played. All the three T20s have been a low scoring affair between the sides that are known for their explosive batting. The total never exceeding the 140 mark these T20s were still entertaining.

After already winning the series, Pakistan wanted to whitewash the West Indies. The third T20 was anything but a dead-rubber and still, it was important for West Indies to get back to winning ways and get on track for the rest of the tour. Pakistan were held at 138 for eight in the third T20 and it was still not going to be easy as Pakistan had successfully defended 132 and had chased a modest 111 losing four wickets for the same in the previous matches.

However, this time around the intent from the West Indies batter was different. Evin Lewis just took the game away from the Pakistanis in the first 10 overs itself. They lost the game in the 14th over and out of those 14 overs 51 balls were played by Lewis. West Indies eventually won by 7 wickets. There were many talking points for the day, let us have a look at the top five talking points for this third T20.

1. Pakistan batting woes continue

After two dismal batting performances and still winning the matches on the strength of their bowling, Pakistan entered this dead rubber with a view of improving the same. The result of it was no different, the whole batting line up failed except for some one or two notable contributions. Kamran Akmal who is making a comeback made a handy 48 and the young Babar Azam scored 43. There was terrific 88 run partnership between both of them but the collapse began after Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik were sent packing within a span of two overs.

The wickets continued to tumble as Pakistan after being 92 for 2 in 12 overs, finished the innings with a tame score of 137 for 8. Only three batters got to the double figure mark. The batting of the subcontinent side should be the main concern as they have not struck any kind of form at the start of the tour.

2. The experiment of Imad Wasim

Imad Wasim who has batted at the number seven or six all his life was promoted up the order to counter attack the opposition after Ahmed Shehzad was cleaned up by Samuel Badree. Everyone was surprised to see Wasim walk out to bat and thought of it as a masterstroke. Wasim had scored just four runs before that in the series and no one hardly knew of his batting skills.

However, his stint as a number three batter lasted just two balls and a few minutes. He was stumped by Samuel Badree in the first over and instead were left struggling at 4 for 2 after the first over. The experiment was not understood by many as he has always been a bowling all-rounder as he has only scored 90 runs in his T20I career.

Even though he has scored a first-class double century, batting at the international level is a different ball game altogether.

3. Evin Lewis turns up the volume

Evin Lewis was not in the right mood throughout the series but he is that kind of player, a typical left-handed batsman who has elegance in his batting but also has that aggression. With scores of 3 and 10 in two matches previously, Lewis was just one inning short of hitting that right form. This match was the match for him. He was right on the money from ball one and smacked each and everyone all around the park. Wasim did him a favor as he was caught on his heels while fielding at mid-off.

Lewis made it count and went on to smack 91 of 51 deliveries. He scored almost 75 percent of the Pakistan total and took the match away from them. He did not need any partners as he was facing most of the deliveries.

This might trigger him and he just might come well in the One-Day series that follows.

4. Tanvir’s disastrous over

Sohail Tanvir was also making a comeback for Pakistan during this series and was in good form in the Pakistan Super League which played a vital role in his selection. An unusual action and some pretty good pace, Tanvir is a handy customer.

However, Lewis was having none of it. He scored a whopping 24 runs in one over hitting the bowler for three huge sixes. To add to his own misery, Tanvir bowled a no ball which was hit for a four as well. This over meant that Pakistan completely lost the grip over the match. Hitting a waist height full toss for four and two length deliveries out of the park, Lewis was in a hurry to end the match.

This was some insane stroke play from Lewis as he cleaved the Pakistan bowling attack apart.

5. Wahab Riaz the only positive

Riaz after a splendid show in the Pakistan Super League was bowling extremely well in the series. Taking just two wickets in the series, the stats don’t really tell the story. The left-handed pacer is getting into his rhythm quickly and is doing extremely well.

Giving away just three runs in the first over he bowled, Riaz was brought back into the attack when the things were getting out of their hands. WI needed 39 of 28 deliveries and Riaz was up to the task. Lewis was hitting the ball so well but he could not really hit Riaz.

He was playing with the batters mind, mixing it up with the slower delivery and then adding some spicy Yorkers, it was a perfect spell from the left arm pacer. He gave away just six runs in his two overs and did not get a chance to bowl more and Lewis just finished the things.