TRINIDAD – Courtesy to Kamran Akmal’s firepower, Pakistan reached to 137/8 in their first innings of the third T20 against West Indies at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first on a slow pitch. He might be wanted to test his team’s batting once again, after failing it in the previous game.
Just to his disappointment, two of the Pakistan wickets, fell down in the first over of the innings, when Badree removed both Shehzad (4), and Imad (0).
Pakistan felt the heat there. Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam played a few overs in quiet, keeping it nice and low. Akmal began to stretch his hands in the fifth over, and at the end of the powerplay, Pakistan were 42/2. He kept batting with a free spirit, took chances and it seemed it was his day.
With an 88-run stand, he left the crease on 48, leaving Pakistan on 92. In-form Malik could not last long either. He went for just 2. The wickets kept tumbling after them, as Babar (43), Sarfraz (3) and then Wahab (1) didn’t add much to the team’s total.
Fakhar Zaman (21) showed some resistance, but he too was run out in the 20th over. Pakistan were restricted to 137/8.