Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd T20: West Indies win by 7 wickets

An aggressive batting display by Ewin Lewis helped West Indies halt Pakistan's streak of wins here at the Queen's Park Oval on Saturday.

Needing victory to keep interest in the series alive ahead of the final match on Sunday, West Indies made one change.

Lewis smashed 91 off 51 balls with nine towering sixes and five fours.

Kamran Akmal's decent 48: As said above, it was Pakistan's exquisite opener Kamran Akmal, who held the nerve in an otherwise tiresome Pakistan innings, as he smashed a steady knock of 48 off 37 deliveries, including four boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 130.

A savage slog/sweep off Shadab over cow corner gave Lewis the highest score by a West Indies batsman against Pakistan in a T20I before he was caught at long-off trying to hit the winning runs off the same bowler.

Although Samuels was mostly silent and supported Lewis from the other end, it was their this 56-run stand that certainly allowed West Indies their build-up to a fine innings as well as the chase.

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While Narine and Carlos Brathwaite bagged three wickets each, Badree added two wickets in his account.

Khan, the teen legspinner who'd mesmerised the West Indies in the first two matches, was run over by Lewis like the rest of the bowlers.

West Indies did well to recover from a half-century, third-wicket stand between Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam to restrict the Pakistanis to 137 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs after they chose to bat.

Samuels' first delivery was a waist-high full toss which was ruled just low enough to be legitimate and was thrashed into the hands of deep midwicket as Akmal fell two short of his 50.

The first-match hero Shadab Khan once again prevailed and took 4 wickets off just 14 runs in his 4 overs. 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.

  • Regina Holmes