About the Match
A win for West Indies in the third T20I puts the series nicely in balance. The 4th match is now of utmost importance for both the sides as Pakistan will look to win and wrap-up the series 3-1. On the other hand, West Indies will look to repeat things and and the series levelled at 2-2. The match will be played at the same venue, that is, Port of Spain on 2nd April. West Indies made a brilliant comeback in the 3rd T20I, winning it with around five overs to spare. Pakistan was brilliant in the first two matches and with West Indies back into form, the 4th T20I promises to be a cracker of game.
West Indies clearly missed someone like Chris Gayle in the first two matches as they failed to get a strong start with the bat. However, in the third T20, Evin Lewis rode right on Gayle's tracks. He scored a stunning 91-runs knock from just 51 deliveries. In the earlier two matches, West Indies had a problem of no one staying at the wicket which appeared to be sorted out in third T20I.
In the bowling department, Samuel Badree bowled a miserly spell as he conceded 22 runs for two wickets in his quota of four overs. Unlike the batting unit, the caribbean bowling unit has been consistent throughout the tournament. Badree has bowled with an econonmy rate of 5.00 and has picked up five wickets in 12 Overs in the series so far. Brathwaite and Narine have bowled well as well.
Batting has been the achilles heel of West Indies in this T20 series which appeared to be sorted out as Lewis, Samuels and Mohammad spent some time in the middle in the third match. With the kind of batsmen West Indies have, they only need one batsmen to fire to get things going and if they can do that, it won't be surprising if we see a repeat of 3rd T20I.
Until the first half of the series, it appeared that Pakistan could do nothing wrong. Their bowlers were bowling well, batsmen scored well on a pitch that suited spinners. However, it changed quickly as Evin Lewis thrashed the Pakistani bowlers to all parts in the 3rd game. At one stage Pakistan were cruising with Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam well set and big score looked well in sight. However, Pakistan batting lineup once again displayed the trait which they are notoriously infamous for, that is, unpredictability. They scored just 45 runs in last eight overs losing six wickets in exchange.
Bowlers started off well as Sohail Tanvir stuck got Walton caught out in his first over. However, it was all downhill after that. Evin Lewis took charge of the situation and smashed Imad Wasim for two consective sixes in sixth over. Wahab Riaz was impressive as he conceded just six in his two overs.
All in all, the visitors have done well in all departments, but they've struggled at the death be it with ball or bat. Considering the way the hosts bounced back, Pakistan would have to improve their big hitting in slog overs and if they can do that, they'll once again be a force to reckon with.
Pakistan has been better off the two sides, but things appeared to be transforming for West Indies in the third T20I. Pakistan hasn't managed to get runs in death twice in two matches which could be a big problem in last match. With West Indies getting the momentum with a win and batsmen getting back in form, it could be a steep task for Pakistan to defeat the hosts. West Indies are back into contention with that win and are favorites to win the final T20I.