West Indies vs Pakistan 2nd T20I – 5 Talking Points

Shadab Khan was the star of the game for Pakistan once again and won the Man of the Match award.

Pakistan’s Shadab Khan (R) embraces Sarfraz Ahmed as they celebrate their victory (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

For most part of the game, West Indies looked like they would cruise home and level the four-match series. Going into this match in Port of Spain, the hosts showed themselves to be well prepared as they grabbed the gamed by the scruff of the neck at the outset. Thanks to some excellent bowling by the Windies spinners, Pakistan were dismissed for a mere 132, a total that should have been a walk in the park for a West Indies side that batted deep.

But that wasn’t to be. Wickets in quick succession left the home team stranded. Marlon Samuels was the lone batsmen with a considerable contribution to the team total. Needing 14 off the last over, and then 6 of the last 4 deliveries, it must be said that the West Indies let it slip. Here are the talking points of this thriller that made it down to the wire.

1. 5th straight loss to Pakistan

This was a game that the Windies should have won, but which they lost purely because of their own demons. The nightmare for the boys from the Caribbean doesn’t begin here though. After losing the 2nd T20I in Port of Spain against Pakistan, their last 5 games against the Asian heavyweights read: LLLLL. With only a couple of T20Is to go, which will be played in Port of Spain itself, the string of defeats will surely haunt the home side. They have all to play for, and at best they can level the series. As for Pakistan, they cannot lose the series from here and another victory in the 3rd T20I will seal the deal.

2. Shadab magic

This young lad sprung to prominence on his first stint at the international level. During the PSL itself, the leggie grabbed eyeballs the world over. In the first T20I against the West Indies, Shadab Khan, a new face in international cricket, bowled a match-winning spell of 3-7 in his quota of 4 overs. The debutant was obviously awarded the Man of the Match for his exhibition of miserly bowling. Shadab once again led his team to victory in the second game against the Windies, bagging 4-14 this time. Having bowled 8 overs in this series, the 19-year-old has picked up 7 wickets till now and has given away a mere 21 runs. How’s that for magic?

3. Leg-break twins

Overshadowed by Shadab Khan in the 2nd T20I in Port of Spain was the experienced Samuel Badree. Like his counterpart in the visitors’ side, Badree had the exact same figures as Shadab: 4 overs, 14 runs and an economy of 3.50 runs per over. The leg break twins however differed only in the wickets column, where Shadab came out victorious with 4 wickets against Badree’s 2. Not often do you get to see two leg spinners featuring in a T20I, and not often do they turn out to be the pick of the bowlers for their respective sides. But identical figures as well (save the wickets of course)? That’s rarity for you.

4. Dormant Pollard

We all know what the big West Indian can do. His ability to hit the ball into orbit is not to be trifled with.  His most notable display of batting was while smashing 54 off 18 balls for T&T against New South Wales during the 2009 Champions League T20. Nevertheless, having been recalled to the international side, Pollard hasn’t quite delivered with the bat. He contributed a mere 3 runs in his team’s chase of 133 in the 2nd T20I, while in the first, he struggled to get to 14 off 27 balls. With the ball as well, Pollard hasn’t done a great job, being smashed for 10 runs in the one over that he bowled in the 1st T20I. The big hitting Trinidadian is due for a big inning soon, and the Mumbai Indians will sure hope that he finds some form before the start of the IPL.

5. Collision

Ahmed Shehzad was involved in a dangerous collision on the field with West Indies batsman Chadwick Walton during the game. As Sohail Tanvir bowled one into the block-hole, Walton managed to fend it out and wanted to sneak a quick single. Sensing a run-out opportunity, Shehzad ran in from point. But to his utter dismay, he collided with Walton, hurting himself rather badly. Shehzad was clearly in pain, as an ambulance was called to the ground and he was stretchered off the field. Luckily for Shehzad and for Pakistan, he was back on the field a few overs later, but he will be doubtful for the next two games.