Current Match Report – West Indies vs Pakistan 1st T20I 2021
Hasan Ali and debutant Mohammad Wasim impress for Pakistan with the ball
Incessant rain first diminished the primary West Indies-Pakistan T20I to a nine-over shootout earlier than ultimately washing away the match. Pakistan had chosen to bowl first below cloudy skies with rain additionally predicted, however the groups raced off to the dressing room simply after finishing their nationwide anthems. It took nearly three hours for the rain to cease and the bottom to dry, with the umpires then deciding to curtail the competition.
Debutant Wasim has on the spot influence
Wasim was taken off after that, however returned to bowl the seventh over. After hurting Simmons, he then had Chris Gayle caught at long-on because the bowler now introduced out the slower ball. Gayle, who had are available in after Simmons, performed away from his physique to try to heave that, however solely discovered the fielder in the hunt for fast runs.
Amidst a flurry of dot balls – which have been 30 in complete – and a bunch of extras, which contributed 14, there have been 5 wickets claimed with as many sixes slammed from the third over till the eighth. Hasan Ali acquired two, whereas Mohammad Hafeez, Usman Qadir and Wasim all grabbed a wicket every. Nicholas Pooran cracked twin sixes off Hafeez, earlier than Gayle deposited Shadab Khan over his head and Andre Russell dispatched Qadir over additional cowl – all this, earlier than Pollard acquired into Ali with a whip.
Pollard gives late leisure, however Hasan delivers too
Pollard arrived on the crease with one ball of the sixth over left, however watched from the opposite finish as Gayle fell within the following over with West Indies’ run charge nonetheless below 9. With Pollard on strike, Ali was introduced again for the eighth after foxing Evin Lewis off his first ball earlier within the innings. This time, Ali was whacked first ball over deep sq. leg as Pollard swung his bat to size ball on center and leg, and regardless of not fairly discovering the center of the bat, despatched the ball crusing over deep sq. leg.
However that was the one boundary Ali conceded off his two overs, digging the slower balls completely on a rain-affected pitch to maintain the West Indies batters quiet. Ali then acquired Shimron Hetmyer three balls later – Mohammad Rizwan accomplished diving catch – with the hosts struggling for momentum amidst the quite a few cutters from the visiting bowlers.
Pollard was on 10 off 5 deliveries when solely 4 balls remained within the innings, and the West Indies captain ensured they have been effectively taken care of. A dot ball later, Shaheen Afridi pitched one brief on center and leg as Pollard pulled fiercely to bisect deep sq. leg and deep midwicket for 4. After nabbing two extra runs, he ended with a most by sending the ball crashing over deep sq. leg when he made room to a size ball on center and off, and pulled with disdain. Though he acquired 12 runs off the final three balls, rain would have the ultimate say with Pakistan not having to chase the full.
Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo