Pakistan in West Indies, 4 T20I Series, 2021

West Indies vs Pakistan - 2nd T20I

Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana

Date & Time: 31 July 2021

West Indies 150/4

RR: 7.5 | Pakistan beat West Indies by 7 runs

commentary

So, Pakistan have drawn the first blood here and they would be a confident unit going into the next match which would be played tomorrow at the same venue. West Indies will look to bounce back and make it 1-1. Do join us for that game. Till then, Good bye and take care!

Kieron Pollard says that the bowlers pulled things back nicely in the last ten overs and the pitch didn't change much in the second innings. The major issue was with all those dot balls in the middle overs, which they will try to improve in the next match and they do take away some positive from this game as well.

MOM Mohammed Hafeez says that they put up a good score on the board and the bowlers executed their plans brilliantly. The left-handed batsmen all struggled against him and concludes by praising the two quicks, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi for holding their nerve at the death. 

Babar Azam says that they were 10-15 runs short but the bowlers did a fantastic job. Credits Hafeez for using his experience and the way that he bowled in the Powerplay.

Pakistan bowled really well and they had clear plans. Mohammad Hafeez was the star performer as he gave away just 6 runs from 4 overs and that made the difference. All the other bowlers chipped in and helped in maintaining the pressure. Babar Azam and Rizwan had sent the tone early on but Pakistan could not finish strongly, handing the advantage to West Indies at the break, but it didn't matter in the end as it was a magnificent bowling performance from them.

Nicholas Pooran would be very disappointed as he played his heart out but West Indies just fell short by 7 runs in the end. He played an outstanding knock and gave them a chance but it proved to be too many runs there. West Indies did not get the kind of start that they were hoping for and they had to play a catch up game in the end. Opener Fletcher got out in the first over. And after that, they never really got going and were behind the asking rate. Pollard too, was not at his best as he failed too time the ball. In the end, those 47 dot balls cost them the match!

19.6
6
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! It's all over, Pakistan have won! Length ball outside off, Pooran carves it over the point boundary for a maximum but it's all in vain, he must be gutted as he played a truly special knock. PAKISTAN WIN BY 7 RUNS!
19.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Fired in full on leg stump, this time Pooran does manage to find the gap wide of long on but it's a little too late.
19.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, Action replay of the previous delivery and now West Indies can't win without extras.
19.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, Full around off at 143 kph, hit down to long off and they don't run. 3 sixes needed off the last 3 deliveries.

Who will come in next? Jason Holder is the new man in.

19.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kieron Pollard, OUT! CAUGHT! Very full on off, Pollard looks to loft it over mid-wicket but gets a high top-edge to deep cover who takes a simple catch. Was it the right decision to take the single off the last ball of the previous over? They did cross which means Pooran will bhe on strike.
19.1
2
Shaheen Afridi to Kieron Pollard, Full and straight at 145 kph, Pollard whips it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.

Who will bowl the final over? Shaheen Afridi it is!

18.6
1
Hasan Ali to Kieron Pollard, Length ball and Pollard swings hard at it, only manages to bottom edge it onto the deck towards mid on for a single. 20 required off the final 6 deliveries!
18.5
0
Hasan Ali to Kieron Pollard, Very nicely done by Ali, change of pace and change of length. Pollard goes through his pull way too early and gets hit on the shoulder. A golden dot at this stage.
18.4
1
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, This time Ali does get the yorker in, played to long on for a run.
18.3
6
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! THUMPED! FIFTY for Nicholas Pooran! Ali misses the yorker and pays the price, Pooran just goes hard at it and muscles it straight over the bowler's head for back-to-back maximums.
18.2
6
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! How is he doing it! Pitched up again and Pooran just stays in his crease and lofts it over cover for a maximum.
18.1
1
Hasan Ali to Kieron Pollard, Pitched up around off, Pollard whacks it straight to long off for a single.
17.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, Well bowled, full and wide, Pooran unable to reach it. A dot to end. 35 needed off 12 balls!
17.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Nicholas Pooran is on a mission, Afridi tries to follow him and bowls this one full on leg stump but Pooran still manages to hit it in the gap in front of square on the leg side for another boundary.
17.4
4
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Nicholas Pooran fighting fire with fire, takes the leather off this one as he absolutely creams down the ground for a boundary, almost taking out his partner on the way.
17.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kieron Pollard, Right on the money from Shaheen Afridi! 145 clicks on middle stump, Pollard inside edges it to mid-wicket for one.
17.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Trying to bowl fast and angle it in, but drifts down the leg side. Wide called.
17.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, Full, outside off at 143 kph, driven to covers for just a single.
17.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Nicholas Pooran, In the slot but pooran fails to connect as he inside edges it onto his pads.

Shaheen Afridi is back in to bowl the death overs...

16.6
1
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, Another fuller one at 142 kph, Pooran presents a straight face of the bat and plays it to long on for a single. 46 required now off 18 balls.
16.5
1
Hasan Ali to Kieron Pollard, Quicker one, 142 kph in the block hole, Pollard digs it out to deep square leg for one.
16.4
1
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, Smart batting from Pooran, just works this one towards point and rotates the strike.
16.3
6
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! HAMMERED! Back of a length and into the hitting arc of Nicholas Pooran who has just hit this one out of the ground over the mid-wicket fence. That sound was so, so sweet when the bat connected with the ball!
16.2
1
Hasan Ali to Kieron Pollard, Full and straight, pummeled down the ground but just for a single.
16.1
0
Hasan Ali to Kieron Pollard, Back of a length, hits the deck hard, Pollard leans forward then fends it away awkwardly.

Bowling change. Hasan Ali is back into the attack...

15.6
0
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, Full and fast on leg stump, flicked to short fine leg. 16 off that over, just what West Indies needed at this stage.
15.5
0
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, Full again and just pushed wider, Pooran was standing leg side of it and hence fails to reach and connect with that one.
15.4
4
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Nicholas Pooran is doing what the Pakistani batsmen were doing to Romario Shepherd. putting immense pressure on Mohammad Wasim, who bowls a high full toss outside off. Pooran slaps it into the point boundary.
15.4
0
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, WIDE! Quicker and fuller, just down the leg side, Pooran looks to flick but gets beaten by raw pace. Wide signalled.
15.3
6
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! Back-to-back! Low full toss on off, Nicholas Pooran frees his arms and flat-bats it just over the long off fielder for another maximum.
15.2
6
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! WOW! That was very much needed by West Indies and Nicholas Pooran has absolutely dispatched the length delivery way deep into the stands over the mid-wicket fence.
15.1
1
Mohammad Wasim to Kieron Pollard, Back of a length, tucked onto the leg side by Pollard for a single.

Bowling change. Mohammad Wasim is back into the attack.

14.6
1
Shadab Khan to Kieron Pollard, Quicker ball, came back in sharply. Kieron Pollard looks to flick it but gets cramped for room and digs it out towards mid on for a single. 74 needed now off 30 balls!
14.5
1
Shadab Khan to Nicholas Pooran, Flatter ball, darted on the pads. Nicholas Pooran tucks it towards mid-wicket for one.
14.4
1
Shadab Khan to Kieron Pollard, Full toss, on off. Kieron Pollard flicks it hard towards long on for a run.
14.3
2
Shadab Khan to Kieron Pollard, Flatter ball, around off. Kieron Pollard pushes it off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Good, positive running.
14.2
1
Shadab Khan to Nicholas Pooran, Quicker ball, around leg. Nicholas Pooran works it on the leg side for a single.
14.1
1
Shadab Khan to Kieron Pollard, Flatter ball, on off. Turned towards mid-wicket for one.
14.1
0
Shadab Khan to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side. Kieron Pollard looks to flick but misses. Called wide.

Evin Lewis is not looking in good shape out there. The physio is having a look. He is having some cramps, maybe in the chest. Hope he's fine. Mohammad Hafeez is done with his spell. Who will come in to replace him? Shadab Khan to finish his quota of overs... Unfortunately Evin Lewis is having to leave the field and it's going to be Kieron Pollard to replace him out in the middle.

13.6
1
Hasan Ali to Evin Lewis, Full ball, around off. Evin Lewis smacks it straight back past the bowler but the ball hits the stumps hard. The ball deflects and they take one.
13.5
1
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, Length ball, around off. Nicholas Pooran defends uppishly towards cover for one.
13.4
0
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, Short of a length ball, around leg. Nicholas Pooran looks to pull hard but misses.
13.3
0
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, Slower ball, into the pitch. Nicholas Pooran shimmies down and looks to slog but misses.
13.2
1
Hasan Ali to Evin Lewis, Length ball, around leg. Evin Lewis flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
13.1
1
Hasan Ali to Nicholas Pooran, Good length ball, around off. Nicholas Pooran pushes it off the back foot through covers and they take one.

Hasan Ali is back into the attack...

12.6
1
Mohammad Hafeez to Nicholas Pooran, Quicker ball, around middle and leg. Nicholas Pooran pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single.
12.5
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Nicholas Pooran, Flatter ball, around off. Nicholas Pooran comes down the track and defends awkwardly.
12.4
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Nicholas Pooran, Tossed up, around middle, spun late. Nicholas Pooran defends it off the back foot.
12.3
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Nicholas Pooran, Flatter ball, around middle. Nicholas Pooran pushes it to cover.
12.2
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Nicholas Pooran, Tossed up, around off. Nicholas Pooran blocks it off the front foot.
12.1
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Nicholas Pooran, Flatter ball, around off. Nicholas Pooran looks to block but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Bowling change. Mohammad Hafeez is brought back in to finish off his qouta of 4 overs.

11.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Nicholas Pooran, Full length ball, around off. Nicholas Pooran looks to drive but outside edges it to third man for one. He is off the mark.

Who will come in next? Nicholas Pooran walks in....

11.5
0
Mohammad Wasim to Shimron Hetmyer, OUT! You miss, I hit says Mohammad Wasim. Length ball, around middle and leg. Shimron Hetmyer looks to heave it on the leg side against the line of the ball and misses it. The ball crashes onto the stumps and Mohammad Wasim is delighted.
11.4
1
Mohammad Wasim to Evin Lewis, length ball on the pads. Evin Lewis whips it without timing towards deep mid-wicket for one.
11.3
1
Mohammad Wasim to Shimron Hetmyer, Length ball, around off. Shimron Hetmyer pushes it towards cover for a quick single.
11.2
0
Mohammad Wasim to Shimron Hetmyer, Good length ball, around off. Pushed towards cover.
11.1
2
Mohammad Wasim to Shimron Hetmyer, Full ball, outside off. Driven towards sweeper cover for a couple of runs.
10.6
1
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Quicker ball, around leg. Flicked towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
10.5
0
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Flatter ball, on off. Worked towards the leg side.
10.4
4
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR! Full toss, down the leg side. Shimron Hetmyer sweeps it fine towards fine leg for a boundary.
10.3
0
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up, around leg. Shimron Hetmyer looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
10.2
1
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Flighted ball, around middle. Driven towards long off for a run.
10.1
1
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up, on leg. Worked towards short fine leg for one.
9.6
1
Mohammad Wasim to Shimron Hetmyer, Back of a length on middle, nudged off the back foot by Hetmeyer towards deep square leg for a run. West Indies need 99 to win off 60 balls!
9.5
1
Mohammad Wasim to Evin Lewis, Full and wide, Lewis slashes this one over backward point for a single.
9.4
0
Mohammad Wasim to Evin Lewis, Quicker one on a length, around off, Lewis swings across but the ball keeps low and goes underneath the willow of Lewis.
9.3
6
Mohammad Wasim to Evin Lewis, SIX! THUMPED! Overpitched and punished by Evin Lewis! On off and lofted back over the bowler's head for a maximum.
9.2
0
Mohammad Wasim to Evin Lewis, Back of a length outside off, cut straight to point by Lewis.
9.1
1
Mohammad Wasim to Shimron Hetmyer, Starts with an overpitched delivery on middle, mistimed to mid on for a single by Hetmeyer.
8.6
1
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Shorter one on middle, punched off the back foot down the ground for one.
8.5
1
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, A tad short on the hips, Lewis rocks back and flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
8.4
0
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Darted in on middle, blocked back by Lewis.
8.3
1
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up, very full, driven down to long off for a single.
8.2
0
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Flatter and quicker, pushed back to the bowler.
8.1
1
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Quicker one on middle, swept to square leg for one.
7.6
1
Usman Qadir to Evin Lewis, A touch shorter, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
7.6
0
Usman Qadir to Evin Lewis, WIDE! Strayed down the leg side, Lewis looks to pull but misses. Wide called.
7.5
0
Usman Qadir to Evin Lewis, Goes for another maximum but misses. This time it's bowled a bit slower and turning it, Lewis misses the heave and gets hit on the pads.
7.4
6
Usman Qadir to Evin Lewis, SIX! SMASHED! Evin Lewis just decides that he going to hit this one out of the ground and does just that. Dances down the pitch and hits the googly well over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
7.3
1
Usman Qadir to Shimron Hetmyer, Dragged down just a bit, on off, Hetmeyer punches it off the back foot to long off for a single.
7.2
1
Usman Qadir to Evin Lewis, Flatter one, outside off, Lewis looks to drive but gets it off the inside edge towards mid on for a single.
7.1
1
Usman Qadir to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up, very full, Hetmeyer plays it to long off for one.

Bowling change. Usman Qadir comes into the attack now.

6.6
1
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Flighted nicely on leg, Hetmeyer pushes it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
6.5
1
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Fuller one, on the pads, swept to deep backward point by Lewis for a run.
6.4
1
Shadab Khan to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up on middle, worked to wide long on for one.
6.3
0
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Leg Bye! Shadab sees Lewis shuffling across and slows up the pace, Lewis looks to paddle it fine but gets it off the pads to short fine leg for a leg bye.
6.2
0
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Strayed onto the pads, Lewis flicks it to short fine leg.
6.1
0
Shadab Khan to Evin Lewis, Flatter one on midle and leg, hit straight to mid on.

Who will come in next? It's going to be Shimron Hetmyer. Shadab Khan is into the attack now.

5.6
0
Hasan Ali to Chris Gayle, OUT! TIMBER! What a ripper from Hasan Ali! Inswinging yorker, right on the money. Final delivery of the Powerplay and there's nothing Chris Gayle can do about it. You miss, I hit sayss Hasan Ali and brings out a familiar celebration. Chris Gayle has to go back to the pavillion. West Indies are 31/2 at the end of the Powerplay.
5.5
1
Hasan Ali to Evin Lewis, Length ball on middle, angling in, Lewis tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
5.4
1
Hasan Ali to Chris Gayle, Back of a length on middle, hit to mid on for a run.
5.3
0
Hasan Ali to Chris Gayle, Bangs the slower ball into the pitch, Gayle pulls it gently to short fine leg.
5.2
0
Hasan Ali to Evin Lewis, Angling into the pads, slower in pace, Lewis flicks it to short fine leg for a single.
5.1
1
Hasan Ali to Chris Gayle, Length ball on middle, angling in sharply, Gayle awkwardly plays it to cover for a run.

Who will bowl the final over of the Powerplay? It's going to be Hasan Ali.

4.6
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, MAIDEN OVER! Top stuff this from the veteran Mohammad Hafeez. Keeping things tight from one end. Flatter ball, around off. Evin Lewis cuts hard but goes straight to the backward point fielder.
4.5
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Quicker ball, around off. Evin Lewis punches it towards cover. Can this be a Maiden over then? 5 dots in a row.
4.4
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Tossed up, around off. Evin Lewis works it on the leg side.
4.3
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Quicker ball, around off. Evin Lewis blocks it off the back foot.
4.2
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Flatter ball, around off. Evin Lewis pushes it off the back foot towards cover.
4.1
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Tossed up, on off. Evin Lewis defends it.
3.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, In the Blockhole. Chris Gayle digs it out towards mid off.
3.5
6
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, SIX! And the Big Man gets into the act! Back of a length ball, around off. Chris Gayle smacks it over the mid-wicket region for a maxium.
3.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, Length ball, around off. Chris Gayle looks to loft it over mid on but fails to get any elevation and it falls just short of the mid-on fielder.
3.3
2
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, Back of a length ball, around leg. Chris Gayle pushes it awkwardly towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
3.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Evin Lewis, Good length ball, around middle. Worked on the leg side for one.
3.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Evin Lewis, FOUR! Back of a length ball, around leg. Evin Lewis pulls it fine towards fine leg for a boundary.
2.6
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle, Quicker ball, on off. Chris Gayle blocks it solidly.
2.5
1
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Flatter ball, around middle. Evin Lewis pushes it off the back foot towards long off for one.
2.4
1
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle, Quicker ball, around off. Chris Gayle works it towards long on for one.
2.3
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle, Tossed up, around middle. Chris Gayle paddles it towards short fine leg.
2.2
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle, Tossed up, on off. Chris Gayle comes forward and defends it.
2.1
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle, Flatter ball, on off. Chris Gayle blocks it.
1.6
4
Shaheen Afridi to Evin Lewis, FOUR! Low full toss, on the pads. Evin Lewis hits it wide of the mid on fielder for a boundary. The fielder chases the ball, but the latter wins.
1.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, LEG BYE! Good length ball, angling in sharply. Chris Gayle looks to block but gets hit on the pads and the ball rolls away to the off side. They take one.
1.4
2
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, Length ball, strayed on the pads. Worked towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
1.3
0
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, Good length ball, angling in. Chris Gayle looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
1.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, A yorker on off. Chris Gayle digs it out to the off side.
1.1
2
Shaheen Afridi to Chris Gayle, Full ball, on the pads. Flicked towards square leg for a couple of runs.

Who will bowl from the other end? It's going to be Shaheen Afridi.

0.6
2
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Short ball, outside off. Evin Lewis punches it off the back foot through covers for a couple of runs and gets off the mark.
0.5
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Evin Lewis, Quicker ball, on off. Evin Lewis blocks it solidly.
0.4
1
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle, Flatter ball, on off. Chris Gayle defends it towards cover and takes a quick single to get off the mark.
0.3
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Chris Gayle,Tossed up, on off. Chris Gayle blocks it.

Who will come in at number 3? It's going to be Chris Gayle.

0.2
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Andre Fletcher, OUT! Cleaned him up! Flatter ball, just outside off. Andre Fletcher comes forward to defend and plays for the spin. The ball just skids through and beats his outside edge and goes onto the stumps.
0.1
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Andre Fletcher, Tossd up, on off. Andre Fletcher defends it.