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Little Maestro Stands Again for Pakistan

Shadab comes to bowl, 1st ball pitches short and it goes for four. Samuels tries to put pressure on the young lad.

Very next over Shadab is all pumped up but he is not bowling it to Samuels and as soon as he bowls it to Samuels, he shows immaturity by giving short and getting predictable by bowling a wrong one where Sarfaraz tells "ABHE NAHEE"

Third over starts, Shadab is bowling according to field and Sarfaraz is guiding him around-the-clock. And Shadab gives his first breakthrough in his second match.

Last over, Samuels being extra cautious and Sarfaraz telling him to bowl outside the stumps while the ball being too quick and before last delivery, He says "MAAR" And we know what exactly did happen then.

I think it’s not early to say that the brand new magician is in making. A guy who holds world record just after his two international matches must be having something that Amir and Wasim had. Talking about our very own Shadab Khan – a little master, a frontrunner and an absolute match-winner who has proved his selection in the international cricket spot-on in a just twosome of games.

In the wake of an inspiring teenage international debut at Kensington Oval where he took 3-7 from four overs, Shadab snared 4-14 with his spellbinding mixture of leg-breaks and googlies to deadlock the West Indies batting squad. Shadab now holds an implausible career bowling average of 3 and an economy rate of 2.63. It doesn’t end here as Shadab Khan became the first player in almost 9 years to get two Man of the Match awards in first two T20s in his career. Before him, only two players have got MoMs in the first two T20s in their career, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Ajantha Mendis.

Winning the toss, Pakistan decided to bat first and set the target of 133 on the card. Pakistan batting lineup was bit unpleasant as none of the opening players managed to score big. Only Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed gave a 41-runs-patnership stand. The late efforts by Wahab Riaz and Shadab added 36 quick-fire runs in final four overs to build a decent total for the Windies.

Team wins when rightly leads. Sarfraz is the man behind of such consecutive victories of Pakistan in T20 internationals.  It’s his 6th success in first 6 matches as a captain in T20s, leveling the records of Misbah Ul Haq and Kumar Sangakkara.

"Getting Samuels was important for us to have a chance of winning. This pitch had more bounce and encouragement than in Barbados so I am really looking forward to the final two matches,” said Shadab after collecting his second straight Man of the Match award.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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Little Maestro Stands Again for Pakistan

Shadab comes to bowl, 1st ball pitches short and it goes for four. Samuels tries to put pressure on the young lad. Very next over Shadab is all pumped up but he is not bowling it to Samuels an...