3rd T20I: Evin Lewis Stars As West Indies Win By 7 Wickets

Needing victory to keep interest in the series alive ahead of the final match on Sunday, West Indies made one change with batsman and occasional off-spinner Jason Mohammed making his T20 worldwide debut at the expense of all-rounder Rovman Powell. Pakistan slumped. Only one more ball was sent past the boundary.

The first-match hero Shadab Khan once again prevailed and took 4 wickets off just 14 runs in his 4 overs. Lewis was adjudged the player of the match.

Khan, man of the match with his potent leg-spinners and googlies in the first two outings, struggled to recapture the same control under the pressure imposed by Lewis, and to a lesser extent, the other top-order batsmen.

"We will come out tomorrow and look for a series draw".

However, Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam got together and batted brilliantly to rescue their team from disaster.

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However the introduction of Samuels for his first bowl in global cricket for 18 months following the remodelling of his action earned the home side a vital breakthrough and turned the tide of play.

Babar missed his half-century too, by seven runs, as Pakistan lost six wickets for 40 in their last eight overs - and despite the early loss of Chadwick Walton in the run chase, Lewis made light of the task by dominating half-century stands with Samuels and then debutant Jason Mohammed.

The next two T20s between Pakistan and West Indies will also be played in the same venue followed by three One Day Internationals (ODIs) in Guyana and three Test Matches.

Samuels' first delivery was an inviting waist-high full toss which Akmal attempted to heave out of the ground but could only find Lendl Simmons on the midwicket boundary. Ahmed Shehzad (4) started the innings positively with a boundary but was castled by Samuel Badree (2-22) in the second delivery of the innings and two deliveries later, the leg spinner also had Imad Wasim (0) stumped to leave the visitors reeling at four for two.

  • Tabitha Byrd