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Windies Wonder Boyz Failed To Fire

Pakistan 160 for 4 (Sarfraz 46*, Latif 40) beat West Indies 144 for 9 (Narine 30, Fletcher 29, Tanvir 3-13) by 16 runs.

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“Poor execution, good bowling (by Pakistan); today [Friday] it just didn’t come off for us, I don’t think we assessed the conditions quickly enough and I don’t think the majority of shots showed situation awareness,” said Windies leader Brathwaite after their first encounter against Pakistan.

Captain Carlos Brathwaite appealed then to team members to display better decision making in their second T20 International match against the opposition in Dubai on Saturday.

However, at the end of the day’s play on Saturday, the Windies were left in tatters as the Pakistanis tore up their script with a command display of bat and ball to win the series two nil thus leaving one game of academic interest remaining.

“A better performance compared to the one yesterday but we did not come to the party as we would have liked. Disheartened at our performance and that we have lost the series. I thought with 160 they were 10 runs short but we just did not turn up with the bat. It was frustrating the way we batted and as a result, Pakistan are deserving winners,” declared the Windies skipper at the end of the game.

The fact is the West Indies team did not play to their true potential, and their opposition in world cricket apparently have now identified their major weaknesses — spin and movement of the ball in the air.

This is underscored by the number of wickets taken by spinners in the West Indies domestic competition and their poor performance on tour in England for example, where the ball tends to swing at pace.

West Indies poor outing today also had a lot to do with their fielding which left a lot to be desired. There were a few dropped chances, misfields, as well as run out chances.

And when the dust was all settled, Pakistan had already put up a formidable total of 160 for 4.

Now, when it came to West Indies turn to bat, it was all drama from start to finish. It was swiping across-the-line, poor foot movement, play nothing shots, and batting illiteracy.

It was in general an ugly piece of display of batsmanship by the Windies and unlike the first match where Dwayne Bravo was a standout, in the second game, none of the batsmen stepped up to the plate.

Johnson Charles holed out to long-on slogging, Evin Lewis nicked to the slips, Marlon Samuels done in by late movement, Bravo misread the ball, Fletcher clueless against the spin, Pooran out swiping, Pollard, and Brathwaite showed impatience by going for the long hop.

The batting was ragged throughout, and the team was brutally exposed by the trying conditions and Pakistan rampant bowling attack of Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, and Wahab Riaz.

And this was how it ended, according to, “Riaz to Narine, out caught by U Akmal!! It is all over. Pakistan has won the three-match series after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. Umar Akmal takes another catch and once again rubs it in with the ‘dab’ dance. Riaz bends his back and bangs in a 148kph bolt on the pitch and it climbs sharply on Narine, who miscues his swat high in the air to long-on, where Akmal does the rest. Narine c U Akmal b Riaz 30(17) [4s-4 6s-1].”

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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