Providence (Guyana) (AFP)
Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo combined to narrow Pakistan to 157-for-eight-hitting first against the West Indies in the second T20 International of the four-game series at Guyana National Stadium on Saturday.
Holder, the former captain, returned an excellent four for 26 while Bravo, the all-round veteran and main wicket-taker in all T20 crickets, claimed two for 24.
This meant that tourists wasted a solid platform provided by Captain Babar Azam and the batsman and former skipper Mohammad Rizwan.
Babar’s 51 out of 58 polished balls with two sixes and four fours was the best score of the sets.
He scored 67 points for the third wicket with Rizwan after Sharjeel Khan and Rizwan set the stage for a difficult goal by scoring 56 points after West Indies captain Kieron Pollard won the draw and beat Pakistan.
However, the disappearance of Rizwan for 46 via the exit lane interrupted the smooth running of the visitors’ innings.
When play resumed after a brief hiatus due to rain, Babar’s disappearance at Holder’s bowling alley was a setback from which they never fully recovered.
In the mad rush through the finals to increase the scoring rate, Pakistan lost four wickets in the span of eight deliveries as the discipline, precision and clever variations of Holder and Bravo paid off.
After the rain-marred first game in Barbados three days earlier, both teams were forced to make changes due to injuries.
Lendl Simmons, who retired injured after being hit in the neck by a short ball from debutant Mohammad Wasim on Wednesday, was replaced at the top of the home team’s batting order by Andre Fletcher.
West Indies wrote Romario Shepherd for Andre Russell.
Middle-class Pakistani batsman Azam Khan was struck in the helmet during training in Guyana and was excluded from the next two games in the series.
His place went to Sohaib Maqsood, the only change in the list of tourists.
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