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Shadab stings Windies again

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Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan tormented West Indies again to earn Pakistan a three-run win in the second T20 international, at Port of Spain. 

Shadab followed up debut figures of 3-7 in the tourists' six-wicket victory in Bridgetown on Sunday with 4-14 as Pakistan successfully defended a total of 132, restricting Windies to 129-8 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

The 18-year-old struck the telling blow with the final delivery of his spell, a googly that top-scorer Marlon Samuels (44 off 35 balls), could only edge behind to reduce Windies - at one stage 60-1 - to 81-6.

Jason Holder (26no) kept the hosts in touch only for seamer Hasan Ali to hold his nerve and deny Windies the 14 runs needed off the final over despite seeing his first two balls disappear to the rope.

But Pakistan's victory came at a cost - Ahmed Shehzad leaving the field of play in an ambulance after four overs of the chase having sustained a neck injury in a collision with Chadwick Walton (21).

Unchanged West Indies had earlier won the toss and reduced Pakistan to 95-8 off 16.3 overs as Sunil Narine (3-22), Carlos Brathwaite (3-37) and Samuel Badree (2-14) all playing strong hands.

Wahab Riaz gave the innings some vital impetus with a cameo of 24 off 10 balls - a tally only topped by Babar Azam (27) and Shoaib Malik (28 off 20 balls).

Windies lost Evin Lewis in unfortunate fashion at the top of their reply - the opener run out by Imad Wasim's under-arm throw as he collided with the on-rushing Shadav Khan, the coming together forcing the batsman's feet off the ground as the wicket was broken.

Samuels struck two sixes and five fours in an imperious knock but had precious little support, Kieron Pollard stumped as he charged Shadab who then bowled Rovman Powell first ball.

When Samuels fell five runs later the odds of Windies squaring the series lengthened considerably and there was to be no way back despite Holder's 17-ball knock.

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