Pakistan beats West Indies by 3 runs in second T20

Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad on Thursday returned to the field after suffering a neck injury

Pakistan’s Shadab Khan celebrates with teammates after dismissing West Indies’ Kieron Pollard during the second of four-T20I-match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. — AFP
Pakistan won the second of a four-match T20 International series against West Indies by three runs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Thursday.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat. The team restricted Pakistan at 132 runs.

The West Indies have retained the same eleven that suffered a six-wicket defeat – their fifth consecutive T20 loss to the Pakistanis – in the opening match in Bridgetown.

They were seeking a series-levelling victory ahead of the final two matches at the same venue at the weekend.

Pakistan introduced newcomer Fakhar Zaman following the outstanding debut performance in Barbados of leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who took the Man of the Match award with figures of three for seven.

The 26-year-old left-handed batsman and occasional left-arm spinner is getting his first taste of senior international action at the expense of Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad on Thursday returned to the field after suffering a neck injury while fielding during the second T20 match at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

“Initially, [Shehzad] showed concussion signs and pain within the neck,” Shane Hayes, Pakistan Team Physiotherapist, told ESPNcricinfo.

The injured player was “removed from play and sent to hospital for further investigations” via an ambulance, Hayes added.

Shehzad had collided with Marlon Samuel as the West Indies cricketer tried to score a single at Sohail Tanvir’s last ball during the fourth over in the second innings with West Indies having made 20 runs at the loss of one wicket.

The West Indies had won the toss and allowed Pakistan to bat first, restricting the team at 132 runs in the first innings.