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Bowlers, Shehzad wrap up series 3-1 for Pakistan

Pakistan players celebrating the T20I series win over West Indies
Pakistan players celebrating the T20I series win over West Indies

West Indies 127-3 (Shehzad 53) beat
Pakistan 124-8 (Walton 40) by seven wickets
Fourth Twenty20 International in Trinidad

After Pakistan bowlers restricted West Indies to 124 for eight, Ahmed Shehzad led the chase with a brisk fifty to complete the chase in 19 overs with seven wickets in hand in the fourth Twenty20 International in Trinidad, thereby sealing the series 3-1.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Chadwick Walton (40) and Evein Lewis (7) started the innings positively scoring 27 runs in the first 16 deliveries but Imad Wasim (1-25) had the latter caught at square leg.

Shoaib Malik dropped Walton in the fourth over and the wicket-keeper batsman responded with two more sixes to help West Indies reach 42 for one in the powerplay.

Just as Walton was upping the ante, Shadab Khan (2-16) provided the breakthrough when he had him caught at long on and at the halfway mark, the home side were placed 59 for two.

Despite, back-to-back sixes from Marlon Samuels (22), Hasan Ali (2-12) kept things under control for Pakistan with the wickets of Jason Mohammed (1) and Lendl Simmons (1) with the second dismissal being a run out. And soon, Ali also castled Samuels to leave West Indies reeling at 73 for five. In the process, he also bowled two maiden overs to dent the run rate for West Indies.

A late surge from skipper Carlos Brathwaite (37 not out) took West Indies to 124 for eight in their 20 overs.

Shehzad (53) and Kamran Akmal (20) scored six boundaries and a six between them in the powerplay to take the score to 39 for naught.

Samuels (1-11) provided the breakthrough after Akmal chipped one to midwicket but Shehzad and Babar Azam (38) stitched a 70 run stand between them to put Pakistan to course of victory.

Shehzad fell immediately on reaching his fifty when he was castled by Kesrick Williams (2-16), who also had Azam caught in his next delivery which came off a different over. Malik (9 not out) and Sarfraz Ahmed (3 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups as they completed the chase in 19 overs.

Shadab was named the player of the series while Ali bagged the player of the match award.

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