West Indies prove too good for Pakistan, seal T20I series 2-0
West Indies players celebrate the fall of Javeria Khan's wicket. © Cricket West Indies
A strong outing from West Indies with the bat combined with a harakiri by Pakistan's batters helped the hosts beat Pakistan by seven runs via the DLS method in the second T20I at the Coolidge Cricket Ground on Friday (July 2). West Indies have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead with a game to spare.
After West Indies opted to bat, Deandra Dottin made her intentions clear quite early. She smashed Diana Baig for a four over wide mid-off off the very first ball she faced. In Baig’s next over, Dottin pulled one over square leg for half a dozen before thumping one over mid-wicket for a four. With Hayley Matthews hitting a four off Anam Amin, the hosts were coasting at 34 for no loss after four overs.
Fatima Sana was then handed the ball and there began a phase were Pakistan started crawling back. The youngster struck first ball, when Dottin chopped one on to her stumps. Nida Dar, who became the first Pakistan player to a hundred wickets in the first T20I, then got Matthews to play a false stroke and see her back. Sana then trapped Stafanie Taylor in front of the stumps in her next over.
The hosts lost three for 11 in about four overs.
Kyshona Knight and Chedean Nation then brought the hosts on track before the former fell for 15. What changed the momentum for West Indies was Nation and Kycia Knight’s partnership. They added 32 runs together with both of them hitting two fours and a six each. After Nation’s departure for 28 off 33 balls, Kycia ran well between the wickets and a strong finish saw the hosts finish on 125 for six in their 20 overs.
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Anam Amin and Fatima Sana picked up two wickets each for the tourists.
In reply, Pakistan were pegged back early as Kyshona Knight nailed a direct hit at the non-striker’s end to catch Javeria Khan short in the very first over. Iram Javed got off the blocks pretty quickly before there was a halt in play.
First, Chinelle Henry collapsed on the field and had to be stretchered off the field. In the meanwhile, a drizzle meant that the strip had to be covered and the players went off the field. Soon Nation also collapsed and along with Henry were taken to the hospital. After another spell of rain, the players were on the field.
What followed was a forgettable part with the bat for the tourists. While Matthews cleaned up Javeria Rauf (five) on the third ball after resumption, Javed (15), Sidra Nawaz (17), Ayesha Naseem (zero) and Dar all were run out. Dar did provide the tourists with some hope with 29 off 36 balls before her fall.
Another spell of heavy rain brought early curtains to the game, with Pakistan adjudged to be seven runs short of the par score as per DLS method.
Brief Scores: West Indies 125/6 in 20 overs (Kycia Knight 30*, Chedean Nation 28; Fatima Sana 2/18, Anam Amin 2/31) beat Pakistan 103/6 in 18 overs (Nida Dar 29; Hayley Matthews 1/13) by seven runs (DLS method)