TRINIDAD – Courtesy to brilliant bowling by West Indies, Pakistan have been restricted to 132/10 in the first innings of the second T20 of the four-match series Thursday, March 30, at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Windies skipper Carlos Braithwaite won the toss and opted bowl first straightaway.
West Indies are going without any change in the team, while Pakistan have given Fakhar Zaman a debut. He will replace Muhammad Hafeez.
Pakistan’s start was quite sluggish, losing opener Kamran Akmal in the first over for no run on the board. Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam built a small partnership from there to take the score to 41, when Babar fell for 27 runs. Shehzad was next to go, on 43, he scored 14 runs. The debutant Fakhar Zaman could not impress much as he could only manage 5 runs in his first game, leaving Pakistan under pressure.
Seasoned batsman Shoaib Malik along with his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed established a 36-run partnership. He was caught by Pollard on the boundary while trying to hit a big shot. Sarfraz also departed in the next over, with Sohail Tanveer in the same over. Pakistan were 91/7. Imad Waseem, hit a four on the first ball he faced and got out on the next ball. Pakistan were now 95/8.
Pakistan was way behind the average total on the pitch, when a little cameo from Wahab (24 off 10) helped Pakistan to reach 132/10 inside 20 overs.