The hero of yesterday's victory, Zulfiqar Babar, comes on to bowl his left-arm spin now.
After several dot-balls and being beaten by a slower one, Bravo manages to get one away down the leg-side off his pad for a welcome boundary - the first one in the Windies' innings so far. It helps them take seven off the over to be 13/3 after 6 overs.
The aforementioned Hafeez continues with his off-breaks, and he continues to tie up the two new batsmen at the crease. Just a single accrues, and he himself has now gone for 4 runs in his three overs. Not much time to rebuild in Twenty20 cricket - once you are under the cosh it can often be quite difficult to come back.
Samuels goes! Tanvir gets another nick through to 'keeper Akmal, and the West Indies are stalling before they've even managed to get out of first gear. Dear oh dear, Marlon Samuels just couldn't cope with the pace and bounce there, and Dwayne Bravo comes in to take his place with the side floundering at 4/3. Just one run and a wicket from this over, and Sohail Tanvir has exceeded his captain Hafeez's expectations so far. The horns are still blaring and they're still dancing in the stands, but their team is in a whole mess of trouble here at Arnos Vale.
Hafeez comes over the wicket, and Gayle can only spoon a leading edge up for a jubilant fielder to take at cover! Well, that is a soft dismissal to send the big man on his way. He played that ball far in front of his pad, and it was an oh-so-simple catch for Shahid Afridi. Pakistan have struck twice quickly, and Lendl Simmons will have to consolidate here with Marlon Samuels at the other end.
Sohail Tanvir bustles in with his unusual, spurty action. He bowls left-arm over, but bowls off the wrong foot at good pace which can be quite unsettling for the batsman. He makes an immediate impact too - swish, edge, and Charles has to go! Good catch behind the stumps from Umar Akmal, that had some good bounce angling across the right-hander and the wicketkeeper-batsman is out for a duck. Not the best start for the local side, as we see the St. Lucia Prime Minister dancing in the crowd with the rest of the spectators here - amazing scene!
Hafeez, the Professor, starts by spearing two down the leg-side to Charles in an effort to be too straight and prevent him from freeing his arms. There's a solitary slip in place, and Charles is unable to get a run off the bat from this opening over. Hafeez is pushing them through quite quickly. Expect to see mostly spin in this Pakistani attack; saying that, here comes Sohail Tanvir, a paceman.
Here come Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles to being the West Indies' chase. Gayle is due some runs in internationals, having run dry after his century in the opening triangular series ODI in Jamaica a month or so ago.
So the West Indies will need to score at just a tad under seven runs an over to beat Pakistan and square this two-match T20 series here in Kingstown, St. Lucia. They will do well to chase this down with the tourists having four spinners at their disposal on a pitch that is far from a belter. The outfield is quick, the pitch is slow and spongy. The men in green managed to chase down 152 yesterday. but the pitch is definitely playing slower today. Join us in a few minutes' time for the big-hitting Windies chase!
Babar tries a fancy reverse-sweep that doesn't come off, and has no idea where the ball went after he swatted at it. Luckily for him, he manages to get back in his ground before disaster strikes. He and Akmal trade a few singles, unable to get Narine's doosras away for anything more than that. Akmal gets down and cracks one from Narine well, but can only find the man at the mid-wicket boundary. Lovely sound off the bat, really middled it but only had a single to show as his reward! Two runs off the last ball from a Babar back-foot pull takes the touring Pakistanis to 135/7 after their allotted twenty overs.
One run as one chipped in the air just lands ahead of Bravo who is trying to field off his own bowling - somehow he kicks the ball on and they steal not one, but TWO more runs from the mis-field. Really, unacceptable at this level from a player who really should know better - it's got the dangerous Akmal back on strike as well. Akmal indeed makes the bowler pay, carving the ball to the sweeper boundary for a much-need four! Terrible line from the bowler, angling it across the right-hander with no sweeper defending the boundary at all. Poor, poor stuff from Bravo. Insult is added to injury now, as Akmal smacks a huge six over mid-wicket after clearing his front leg well. An extremely costly over comes to an end, with Pakistan 16 runs richer for it.
Johnson Charles redeems himself a little, whipping the bails off to stump Hammad Azam as he walks down the pitch to be beaten by a flatter one from Sunil Narine. Good bowling from the mohawked finger-spinner as Pakistan lose their sixth wicket...and their seventh as well! Sohail Tanvir is in and out in a matter of minutes as he tries to scoop-sweep one off the toe of his bat, OUT for a duck. Narine has three wickets to his name now, courtesy of that Dwayne Bravo catch. He spits out a doosra to the new man, Babar, who calmly rocks back and cuts the short ball cleanly through the off-side for four! What a start for the man who made his debut at the age of 34 yesterday.
Full and wide outside off from the angling bowler, but it beats Charles behind the stumps to concede another bye in this innings for the West Indies. Azam flicks his first ball confidently into the leg-side for a single, before Umar Akmal takes charge with two runs and a boundary from a full-toss smacked behind square-leg.There was also a misfield in there from the home side, allowing Pakistan the extra run - sloppy cricket again in the field, and eleven runs are taken from that Bravo over.
Bravo now, around the wicket to the right-hander. Hammad Azam is the new batsman out in the middle.
You could see it coming - Afridi looked frustrated at not being able to get Narine away for a big hit, and he perishes by trying to force the pace. A top-edged heave goes high in the air, against the wind, and the man on the boundary takes an easy catch. OUT, and Shahid Afridi's stay is a short one. He goes for a mere five, and his side are 97/5 now with four overs left to go in this innings.
Sunil Narine is back into the fray, bringing his bag of tricks with him. He loves bowling at the death in this format of the game, and has been excellent at it so far in his career.
At international level, you can't bowl short and wide to any batsman, let alone a good one like Umar Akmal. Four runs off the first ball of the over, and well-cut off the back foot. Pollard tries to overcompensate and ends up pushing the next delivery down leg for a wide. The first half of the over ends with Charles fumbling a ball to let Akmal scamper through for a bye. With five overs to go, Pakistan will be confident that, with Afridi and the set Akmal at the crease for them, they can post a defendable total to win them this T20 series by 2-0.
Afridi tries to whip a pull away, but is foxed by a slower variation from the bowler - clever bowling from Dwayne. He is using his cutters and slower balls to good effect, preventing these two from launching a big hit with any degree of confidence. A single off each ball will have to do for Pakistan, who believe that a score of around 140-odd would be a good one to defend on this sluggish pudding of a pitch here in Kingstown.
Akmal defends the new bowler, Kieron Pollard, before tapping him into the leg-side towards mid-wicket with the angle. The throw is fired in and bounces off Johnson Charles' wicket-keeping pads, and the batsmen are able to run a second. That's a bit sloppy, guys. Shehzad celebrates by clearing his front-leg and striking sweet and straight for SIX! Bang, that was an authoritative shot hit straight through the line. It doesn't last though, as the batsman tries his hand again and skied a pull to mid-wicket, where Lendl Simmons runs around to take his second catch! OUT! Shehzad throws it away, and he has to go for 44 from only 46 balls. Pakistan really wanted him to stay there until the end, but his exit brings the ever-unpredictable Shahid Afridi to the crease. What can Boom Boom do here?
Bravo is attacking from over the wicket, and he starts on a good length with one angling into the right-handed Akmal, who bangs it into the covers for one. A smart cutter from the bowler confuses Akmal who is way too early through the shot, and the looping leading edge only JUST evades a leaping Bravo who crashes into the non-striker Ahmed Shehzad as he comes back to earth with a thump! Ouch. The batsman falls over and loses his bat as he stumbles in trying to complete the single. Both players don't seem to be hurt, and shake hands after the run is completed. Almost another caught-and-bowled, it would have been the third in this innings so far for the Pakistanis. Frugal over from Bravo, who has struggled a bit with his bowling in the home season of limited-overs games for his side this season.
Change of bowling here in Kingstown, as the side's ODI captain, Dwayne Bravo, has the ball in hand.
Leg-side bouncer from Best, and Shehzad tries to swat it away. The bowler thinks there was an edge there, but Johnson Charles doesn't appeal as he goes down to stop the ball from squirting away to the boundary. I'm not sure why Best was appealing, as that was nowhere near an edge or even a glove! Oh wow, and now Shehzad flexes his muscles - BANG! That's six! He was on the front foot too, but adjusted his weight to pull it high over mid-wicket in some style. Tino's radar is not working properly, and he sends another one down leg for a wide. Hmm, Darren Sammy won't be happy to see his fast bowler leaking runs so easily. Four more as well from Shehzad to give the West Indies captain a bit of a headace, moving across his stumps and clipping a ball in the air behind square for another sweetly-timed boundary.
Samuel Badree will finish his quote with this over' Akmal clips him off his pads for one before he and Shehzad trade singles through the leg-side. Tidy enough spell from Badree, who bowled much better than he did yesterday. He finishes his four overs with two wickets for only 16 runs.
Best steams in, and he's already managed to hit 145 km per hour in his first over! He is very quick, but expensive as Akmal is able to work him around for singles several times before Shehzah deflects four leg-byes off his pad from a wayward bullet. If he can get his line right, he can be deadly. If not, Pakistan will quite enjoy facing more of Tino Best in his remaining three overs.
Another Umar, Umar Akmal this time, makes his way to the crease as Tino Best marks out his run.
Samuel Badree has come back into the attack, and Shehzad is frustrated with himself as he repeatedly tries to force the bowler through the off-side with no success. After failing to pierce that side of the field, he sweeps to get a single that looked far easier in its execution...and now the new batsman, Haris, dances down the track. He didn't quite get to the pitch of it and it went up extremely high in the air - caught! OUT! The bowler himself takes a difficult catch and Haris Sohail's first taste of international cricket at the crease is short-lived. Pakistan are three-down now- only one run and a wicket in that over from Badree, and Sammy will definitely be the happier captain as we near the half-way mark of the Pakistani innings.
Umar Amin slaps one straight back to a returning Darren Sammy, and the medium-fast man clutches on to the return catch nonchalantly. OUT! There won't be any more fireworks from him today. That was a good catch of his own bowling from the captain. Haris Sohail, making his T20I debut, is off the mark nicely first-ball. Sammy goes around the wicket to the new man, who is yet another left-hander that Pakistan seem to have in their ranks.
The sweep comes out against Badree, and Shehzad steals a quick single down to Tino Best at short-fine-leg. We have Sunil Narine on now, and he's bowling with a single slip in place for Umar Amin; the batsman couldn't be bothered as he clouts one high, high, HIGH in the air..it doesn't reach the boundary though as the fielder manages to cut off the four. He used his feet a lot yesterday, and now Umar Amin is doing the same again. A square-cut should have been stopped by a diving fielder, but spills through his hands to leak a couple of runs. Shehzad is looking very comfortable so far, and he cuts Narine achingly late past 'keeper Charles to notch up another four - beautifully timed.
Umar Amin is the man at number three today - he played extremely well in the first game, really taking the attack to Badree and Shannon Gabriel. He gets off the mark immediately, working one if the back foot to beat the in-field and go for four! That's a great start for the young left-hander. He can't, however, get Darren Sammy away and the over closes out quietly.
Badree's length is not quite right yet, and Hafeez comes down the track to meet a full-toss and clobber it in front of square on the leg-side for a merciless four. He gets too excited though, and tries to force a cut off the back-foot - it lobs straight to the man at backward point! He's OUT, simple catch for Lendl Simmons. Badree has the Pakistani captain! Didn't keep it down, and that's how he fell to Sunil Narine yesterday too. Oh dear.
Sammy continues with Johnson Charles still keeping up to the stumps - Shehzad and Hafeez sprint through for a sharp single, the throw not coming in to the 'keeper in time to effect the run-out. There is a puff of dust off the pitch as Sammy sends one down to Hafeez - the ball is already going through the pitch a tad, which could mean some variable bounce coming our way today. Shehzad gets back and pulls aerially to get his second four so far - good shot that from the opener! That was too short from Sammy, and it was slammed to the mid-wicket boundary to give it it's due.
A full-toss is easily dealt by Hafeez, as he swings it into the leg-side to pick up three runs at square-leg. Christopher Barnwell does the fielding. Badree quickly adjusts to bowl much straighter, making it more difficult for the batsman to work him away. After a few balls of defence, Shehzad drives to mid-off to pick up a single off the last ball of the over.
Samuel Badree will open the attack with his leg-spin, as we saw him do yesterday afternoon as well.
It's Darren Sammy who opens the bowling with Mohammad Hafeez partnering Ahmed Shahzad - with Jamshed out of the side today, Hafeez has pushed himself up a spot from number three in the order. Shahzad, facing up to the lanky fast-medium bowler first, wastes no time in smacking a shorter one square for the game's first boundary! He's looking to play positively, dragging down an energetic pull for a single. Taking the pace off the ball today will be key for both these attacks, as that particular skill combined with the sluggishness of the pitch will make strokeplay difficult. Johnson Charles comes up behind the stumps with Hafeez on strike, and drops a sharp chance as the batsmen nicks whilst fending towards third-man - chance lost.
Pakistan have four spinners in their make-up, and that's going to work in their favour with the West Indies having to chase on this day-old stodgy pitch. We're just about set to go here at Arnos Vale - welcome to the second T20I between West Indies and the men in green, Pakistan!
As thought, Shannon Gabriel has made way for today's match, with Christoper Barnwell from Guyana getting the nod.
News from out in the middle at this picturesque St. Vincent ground is that Mohammad Hafeez has won the toss for Pakistan - they're going to have a bat on this slow surface. Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshed are not playing today, giving opportunities to the trio of Asad Ali, Haris Sohail and Sohail Tanvir.
Kingstown is hosting its second ever T20 international in as many days, and the same pitch that was used yesterday here at Arnos Vale will be in action for today's game as well.
Samuel Badree and Shannon Gabriel both took a pasting on their return to international cricket, with Gabriel in particular looking lost for ideas as Pakistan took the chase by the scruff of the neck. Despite persistently bowling short on a pitch not conducive to it and being taken for repeated boundaries, he still managed to pick up three scalps. Whether he gets another chance today, however, remains to be seen.
Last night's game saw debutant Zulfiqar Babar smoke a six off the last ball to give Pakistan their first ever T20 win over their hosts.
Hello and welcome to the final Twenty20 International in the two-match series, which the tourists lead one-nil, between the West Indies and Pakistan at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent.