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Sohail Tanvir bowls Pakistan to series win

Sohail Tanvir picked three wickets and conceded just 13 runs
Sohail Tanvir picked three wickets and conceded just 13 runs
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Pakistan 160-4 (Ahmed 46no) beat
West Indies 144-9 (Narine 30) by 16 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Dubai

A three-wicket haul from Sohail Tanvir spearheaded Pakistan’s bowling efforts as they restricted West Indies to 144 for nine after setting a target of 161 runs to secure a 16-run victory in the second Twenty20 International in Dubai and also an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Winning the toss, West Indies opted to field first. Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan (2) early in the innings but Khalid Latif (40) and Babar Azam (19) put on a patient 54-run stand for the second wicket.

After the fall of Azam’s wicket, Latif went on to share another brief partnership with Shoaib Malik (37).

Malik played a handy knock while Sarfraz Ahmed (46) kept the score ticking from the other end to give Pakistan a total of 160 for four in 20 overs. In total, the pair had added 69 runs for the fourth wicket.

In the chase, West Indies found it tough to keep up with the asking rate as Pakistan stifled the scoring rate.

Quick strikes at the top of the innings reduced West Indies to 45 for four at the half-way mark. Andre Fletcher (29), who played a fighting knock, fell in the 15th over which also saw the fall of Kieron Pollard (18).

West Indies were never able to recover from the poor start as Tanvir (3-13) gave very little away with his excellent spell.

Despite the best efforts of Sunil Narine (30) and Jerome Taylor (10 not out), West Indies were restricted to 144 for nine in 20 overs and succumbed to a 16-run loss.

This win gave Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the three-match series while Ahmed took home the man of the match award.

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