After suffering a humiliating 63-run defeat in the series opener, West Indies produced a much-improved performance but still found themselves nine runs short as Pakistan registered their 19th T20 International win of 2021 on Tuesday. Windies were on course for their first win against Pakistan since 2017, but a magical 17th over from Shaheen Afridi proved the difference between the two sides.
Chasing a 173-run target, Romario Shepherd (35 not out off 19) kept the Windies hopes alive after a brilliant 67 from Brandon King. But the visitors eventually failed to counter Pakistani pacers. And they were dismissed for 163 in the final over at National Stadium, Karachi. Pakistan, thanks to the nine-run win, have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Afridi returned with figures of 3/26, while Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Haris Rauf got a couple each. But Shadab Khan won the player of the match award for his 28 not out off 12 and 0/22. Earlier, Babar Azam won the toss and Pakistan opted to bat first. Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed hit 30s to help the World Cup semi-finalists post a total of 172/8. Odean Smith got a brace for 24 runs in his three overs.
The third and final T20 is scheduled for Thursday (December 16) at the same venue. After that, the two will play a three-match ODI series, also in Karachi. Catch highlights and cricket scores of the 2nd PAK vs WI T20 match here:
10:21 PM IST: Result
Asif Ali uses his knee to block a bullet, and denies Windies a four. And Oshane Thomas is bowled. 13 runs and a wicket in the last over. Rauf's figures: 2/40. Romario Shepherd remains unbeaten on 35 off 19. Pakistan win by nine runs. And take series 2-0. 19th win in 2021. WI - 163 (20); PAK - 172/8.
10:20 PM IST: 11 In 2
Haris Rauf responds with a yorker. Romario Shepherd hits the next ball for a four, third man. Crazy shot, a wild swing and one bounce to third man. 11 in 2.
10:17 PM IST: 15 In 4
Haris Rauf with the final over. Romario Shepherd lofts the first ball, and a dropped catch by Shadab Khan at deep. A six to deep mid-wicket. 15 in 4.
10:15 PM IST: 23 In 6
Eight runs from Shaheen Afridi's last over. His figures: 3/26. West Indies need 23 runs in 6 balls. WI - 150/9 (19)
10:13 PM IST: Nine Down
Shaheen Afridi on a hat-trick. Romario Shepherd hits the first ball of the penultimate over for a four, to deep point. A dot. And a couple to deep midwicket. Straight down the ground and another couple. Afridi asks for a run-out check. Akeal Hosein is out. Out by a very small margin. He goes for 2 off 2. Oshane Thomas is the new man. West Indies need 24 runs in 8 balls. WI - 149/9 (18.4)
10:08 PM IST: 31 In 12
Akeal Hosein is the new man. Mohammad Wasim Jr with his final over. Romario Shepherd takes a single off the first ball. Another single, then Shepherd pulls the third for a six over cow corner. Three singles. 11 from the over. Wasim's figures: 2/39. West Indies need 31 runs in 12 balls. WI - 142/8 (18)
10:03 PM IST: Eight Down
And another one for Shaheen Afridi. Healthy edge and Dominic Drakes goes for a first-ball duck. Caught behind. Hayden Walsh is the new man. And he is bowled. Middle stump. Three wickets and four runs in the over. West Indies need 42 runs in 18 balls. WI - 131/8 (17)
9:57 PM IST: Six Down
Shaheen Afridi returns for his third over. Asif Ali takes a brilliant catch at fine leg to send Odean Smith back. The third umpire takes some time to confirm it and goes with the soft signal. Smith goes for 12 off 6. Dominic Drakes is the new man. WI - 127/6 (16.1)
9:53 PM IST: 46 In 24
Romario Shepherd is the new man. A dot to Odean Smith, and a six to deep point. Asif Ali almost injures himself going for the catch. A single, and a couple to end the over. 15 from it. 42 runs and two wickets in the last 30 balls. West Indies need 46 runs in 24 balls. WI - 127/5 (16)
9:49 PM IST: Five Down
Haris Rauf returns for his third over. Brandon King hits the first ball for a six, over mid-wicket boundary. But holes out next ball, caught by Haris Rauf at long-on. Toe-end of the bat, no timing. King goes for 67 off 43. WI - 118/5 (15.2)
9:47 PM IST: 61 In 30
New man Odean Smith takes a single, then Brandon King hits the third for a four thanks to a misfield at short cover. Babar Azam the culprit. A dot, and a single. A yorker for four to fine leg as Smith gets lucky. 10 runs and a wicket from the over. West Indies need 61 runs in 30 balls. WI - 112/4 (15)
9:42 PM IST: Four Down
Mohammad Wasim Jr returns for his third over. Rovman Powell pulls the first ball and finds Fakhar Zaman waiting at deep midwicket. Powell goes for 4 off 11. West Indies need 71 runs in 35 balls. Odean Smith is the new man. WI - 102/4 (14.1)
9:41 PM IST: 71 In 36
Shadab Khan with his final over. Two dots to Rovman Powell. Then a single. A dot, then Brandon King hits a straight six. Seven from the over. 0/22 for Shadab tonight. West Indies need 71 runs in 36 balls. WI - 102/3 (14)
9:37 PM IST: King Fifty
Mohammad Nawaz with his final over. Brandon King takes a single, then two dots to Brandon King. A single off the third to rotate the strike. King reaches his maiden fifty with a four, to sweeper cover, in 35 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Six from the over. Nawaz's figures: 2/36. West Indies need 78 runs in 42 balls. WI - 95/3 (13)
9:33 PM IST: 84 In 48
Rovman Powell joins Brandon King in the middle. Shadab Khan with his third over. A dot and four singles. And another dot. 31 runs and a wicket in the last five overs. West Indies need 84 runs in 48 balls. WI - 89/3 (12)
9:27 PM IST: Three Down
Mohammad Nawaz resumes proceedings after drinks. Nicholas Pooran sweeps the first ball for a four to fine leg boundary, then hits the next ball down the ground for a couple. Another sweep, but only a single. Brandon King plays the next to long-on for a single. Pooran hoicks the fifth for a six, over square leg for a six and 54-run stand in 45 for the third wicket. A mistimed shot and a diving Haris Rauf takes a fine catch at long-on. Wasted wicket. 11 runs and a wicket. West Indies need 88 runs in 54 balls. WI 85/3 (11).
9:18 PM IST: Drinks
Haris Rauf on with his second over. Three singles, then a dot to Nicholas Pooran. Another dot. A single to the end. Four from it. No boundaries in 20 balls. West Indies need 102 runs in 60 balls. WI - 71/2 (10)
9:14 PM IST: 106 In 66
Shadab Khan on with his second over. Three singles. West Indies need 106 runs in 66 balls. WI - 67/2 (9)
9:10 PM IST: 109 In 72
Mohammad Wasim Jr returns for his second over. Nicholas Pooran flicks the fourth ball but a fine fielding effort limits it to a couple. Six from the over. West Indies need 109 runs in 72 balls. WI - 64/2 (8)
9:05 PM IST: Double Bowling Change
Shadab Khan on with his leg spin. A dot, then two singles. Brandon King hits the fourth ball for a four, sweeps to deep mid-wicket. Two more singles. Eight from the over. West Indies need 115 runs in 78 balls. WI - 58/2 (7)
9:01 PM IST: Powerplay Over
Bowling change. Haris Rauf on. A wide, then a single as Brandon King pulls the second ball to deep. Two dots, and quick a single. Nicholas Pooran drops and responds to King's call. Kings hits the fifth over mid-on fielder for a four. enough power to clear the in-field. A slower and another quick single. Eight from the over. West Indies need 123 runs in 84 balls. Pakistan were 50/2 at the stage. WI - 50/2 (6)
8;55 PM IST: King Survives
Shaheen Afridi returns for his second over. Nicholas Pooran takes a single off the third. Brandon King hits the next for a four, to deep mid-wicket. A very tight single, and a dot to end the over. Another seven-run over. WI - 42/2 (5)
8:50 PM IST: Two Down
Mohammad Nawaz continues. Brandon King plays the first one to mid-wicket for a three and wicket. Shamarh Brooks goes for 10 off 4. LBW. Looks close. And no review as King not convinced. Clipping leg. Nicholas Pooran is the new man. A dot, then a single. Two wides, down the leg. Pooran takes a quick single. Seven from the over. WI - 35/2 (4)
8:44 PM IST: Brooks Boundaries
New man Shamarh Brooks hits the fourth ball for a four to third man. Brooks pulls the last ball for a six. 12 from the over. WI - 28/1 (3)
8:41 PM IST: Hope Goes
Bowling change. And Mohammad Wasim Jr strikes. Shai Hope (1 off 6) launches the second ball. He gets the height but no distance. Caught at long on by Iftikhar Ahmed. Shamarh Brooks is the new man. WI - 17/1 (2.2)
8:37 PM IST: King Six
Mohammad Nawaz shares the new ball. Two dots and one elegant loft over long-on for a six. Ball gets a dirty marking. Smudged. Concrete landing can leave a dent. A couple to extra cover. Nine from the over. WI - 16/0 (2)
8:32 PM IST: Chase Begins
Shaheen Shah Afridi with the new ball. A yorker to Shai Hope to start. One more dot. A single off the third. Then, Brandon King gets an inside edge for a four. Beats Rizwan. A wide. A single, then a dot to end the over. Seven from it. Target 173.
8:16 PM IST: Innings Break
Romario Shepherd with the last over. Shadab Khan hits the first ball for a six, over long-off. A dot, then another six. This time over long-on. A single, then run out of Mohammad Wasim Jr (5 off 3), at the non-striker's end. Haris Rauf is the last man, but will not taking the strike. A fuller delivery and a single to end the over. 14 from the over. 45 in the last three overs and 59 in the five. Shadab is unbeaten on 28 off 12. PAK - 172/8 (20)
8:11 PM IST: 31 In Last Two
Dominic Drakes with his third over. Shadab Khan hits the first ball for a four, inside edge. A six off the second, over long off. Three more singles, and Mohammad Wasim gets a four to fine leg to end the over. 17 from the over. 31 in the last two overs. PAK - 158/7 (19)
8:06 PM IST: Seven Down
Oshane Thomas on with his third over. Two singles, then Iftikhar Ahmed pulls the third over deep mid-wicket boundary for a six. A dot, then a six over long off. Ahmed manages to clear the boundary with a short-arm jab. And a faint edge to end Ahmed's knock. Caught behind. He goes for 32 off 19. 14 from the over. Mohammad Wasim Jr in the middle now. PAK - 141/7 (18)
8:01 PM IST: Tidy Over
One wicket and four runs from Romario Shepherd's second over. 33 runs and three wickets in the last five. PAK - 127/6 (17)
7:78 PM IST: Six Down
Running in from deep mid-wicket, a diving Rovman Powell completes a stunning catch to send Asif Ali back for 9 off 7. Romario Shepherd gets his first wicket. Shadab Khan is the new man. PAK - 124/6 (16.2)
7:55 PM IST: Asif Ali Six
Odean Smith with his third over. A single, then two dots. Asif Ali then hits the fourth for a six, over deep mid-wicket. A wide, down the leg. Another short ball, and a pull to deep mid-wicket but a single only. A top edge, and a single to third man. 10 from the over. PAK - 123/5 (16)
7:49 PM IST: Five Down
Hayden Walsh with his final over. Two singles and a dot to Mohammad Nawaz. And a wicket. Mohammad Nawaz holes out for a three-ball one. Rovman Powell takes the catch at deep midwicket. Asif Ali is the new man. Four runs from Walsh's figures: 1/30. the over. PAK - 113/5 (15)
7:43 PM IST: Four Down
Odean Smith continues. Busy over. Three singles, a couple, another single and a wicket. Shamarh Brooks takes a running catch at third man to end Haider Ali's knock. Ali goes for 31 off 34. 46 runs and two wickets in the last five overs. Mohammad Nawaz joins Iftikhar Ahmed in the middle. PAK - 109/4 (14)
7:39 PM IST: 100 Up
Hayden Walsh on with his third over. Two singles and a dot. Another single, and a couple to backward point as Iftikhar Ahmed plays a cut. A four to long-on to end the over. Short and pulled. Nine from the over. PAK - 103/3 (13)
7:30 PM IST: Rizwan Goes
Odean Smith with his first over, and the medium-pacer provides the breakthrough. A wideish delivery, forcing Mohammad Rizwan to reach to the ball. And caught at short cover by Shai Hope. Rizwan goes for 38 off 30. 48-run stand broken. Iftikhar Ahmed is the new man. PAK - 86/3 (11.1)
7:28 PM IST: Big Overs
Dominic Drakes resumes proceedings. Two singles, a wide, and a single. Haider Ali cuts the fourth ball for a four. Five wides, down the leg. 13 from the over. 23 in the last two overs. PAK - 86/2 (11)
7:19 PM IST: Drinks
Hayden Walsh with his second over. Haider Ali hits the first ball for a four, past point. A dot, then a single to rotate the strike. Mohammad Rizwan cuts the fourth for a four. A single, and a dot to end the over. 10 from the over. 35 in 35 balls for the third wicket between Mohammad Rizwan (36 off 27) and Haider Ali (16 off 21). PAK - 73/2 (10)
7:15 PM IST: 25 In Last 5
Dominic Drakes, left-arm pacer, on with his first over. A newbie in international cricket. Four singles. 25 runs and one wicket in the last five overs. PAK - 63/2 (9)
7:10 PM IST: Pakistan Cautious
Hayden Walsh gets his first over. A dot, then three singles. Another dot to Haider Ali, and a four to fine leg to end the over. Seven from it. PAK - 59/2 (8)
7:06 PM IST: 1/16 For Hosein
Akeal Hosein on with his final over. A massive shout for a caught behind against Haider Ali off the fourth. Two singles from the over. Hosein's figures tonight: 1/16. PAK - 52/2 (7)
7:01 PM IST: Powerplay Over
Romario Shepherd, right-arm pacer, on. A single off the first and Mohammad Rizwan hits the second for a four, through covers. 11 from the over. PAK - 50/2 (6)
6:55 PM IST: Tidy Hosein
A wicket and a single from Akeal Hosein's third over. His figures so far: 1/14. PAK - 39/2 (5)
6:52 PM IST: Two Down
Akeal Hosein continues and he gets the wicket of Fakhar Zaman. Stumped brilliantly by Nicholas Pooran. Zaman goes for 10 off 5. Haider Ali is the new man. PAK - 38/2 (4.1)
6:50 PM IST: Big Over
Oshane Thomas continues. Overthrow and five off the first ball. Mohammad Rizwan flicks the second over midwicket for a four. Two dots, then a four. A well-timed cut. A six, over third man, to end the over. 19 from the over. PAK - 38/1 (4)
6:43 PM IST: Babar Goes
Akeal Hosein continues. Babar Azam hits the first ball for a four, through covers. A single, then a suicidal run. Babar Azam run out for 7 0ff 7. Brilliant work from Hayden Walsh at backward to retrieve the ball and release it for Nicholas Pooran to complete the run out in no time. Fakhar Zaman is the new man. PAK - 14/1 (2.3)
6:40 PM IST: First Boundary
Oshane Thomas with the second over of the match. First boundary of the match courtesy leg byes, off the fifth ball, as a shuffling Mohammad Rizwan uses his pad to good effect. Six from the over. PAK - 9/0 (2)
6:34 PM IST: Tidy Start
Akeal Hosein manages to keep the Pakistan openers quiet. Three singles from the first over.
6:30 PM IST: United Against Racism
West Indies players take the knee, while Pakistanis put their hands on hearts. And Akeal Hosein with the first ball, to Mohammad Rizwan. Babar Azam is Rizwan's opening partner.
6:16 PM IST: Head-to-head
Here's a look and Pakistan vs West Indies head-to-head record before the first ball. This will be their 20th meeting in the shortest format of the game. Pakistan lead 13-3 with three no results. Windies last won against Pakistan in 2017.
6:08 PM IST: Playing XIs
Pakistan are unchanged. One change for West Indies. Hayden Walsh in for Devon Thomas.
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi.
West Indies: Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas.
6:01 PM IST: Toss
Pakistan win the toss and opt to bat first against West Indies.
After New Zealand's sensational pull-out and the subsequent abandonment by England, Pakistan finally get their share of international cricket with a depleted West Indies squad arriving for a limited-overs series. The series opener on Monday, as expected, witnessed Pakistan dominating the visitors. A 63-run win killed any sense of competition between two teams with contrasting fortunes.
Pakistan, with the win, became the first team to win 18 matches in a calendar year, breaking their own record of 17 wins in 2018. They started the year with a three-run win against South Africa. And tonight, Babar Azam & Co will play their 28th T20I match of 2021. With one more match coming up before the end of the year, they can make it 20.
West Indies, on the other hand, have played 23 matches in 2021, winning nine and losing 11. Three ended as no results, all against Pakistan. And they will start underdogs against Pakistan tonight.