Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim took his series tally to nine wickets sfter scalping three for 21 runs as West Indies crawled to 103 for 5 in their 20 overs —Pakistan once again catching them napping by putting them in on a slow and low Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch in Abu Dhabi.
The low target — West Indies’ fourth lowest total in the shortest format — was never out of Pakistan’s reach as Babar Zaman (27 not out) and Malik added 68 in quick time to seal the win.
Pakistan had raced to 36 in the sixth over before losing both their openers Sharjeel Khan (11) and Khalid Latif (21) to debutant paceman Kesrick Williams who finished with 2 for 15.
Marlon Samuels scored a 42 not out high for West Indies while Kieron Pollard made an unbeaten 16.
It was another story of sloppy batting by the West Indies who just last month piled up 245 for 6 against India in a Twenty20 at Lauderhill, Florida.
From 12 for 0 in the first two overs, West Indies lost Johnson Charles for five and Chadwick Walton for a first ball duck — both to Wasim in the next over.
Wasim, who took a career best 5 for 14 in the first game, then had Dwayne Bravo (11) bowled in his fourth over to rock the West Indies to 31 for 4.
Samuels and Nicholas Pooran (16) added 35 for the fifth wicket but Pakistan continued to press them hard with accurate bowling.
Samuels and Pollard added 37 for the unbroken sixth wicket but those runs came in 7.2 slog overs, with only six boundaries and a single six in the entire innings.
Pakistan then wiped off the target with Shoaib Malik, who made 43 not out, hitting the winning six off the first ball of the 15th over.
“Credit to the boys to keep their cool in this heat,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. “It was a team effort. We knew we shouldn’t lose focus coming into this game. The bowlers deserve credit for restricting a good team on a good pitch. We didn’t over-attack, what’s happening let it happen and it’s a great win.”
Pakistan won the first two matches by nine wickets and 16 runs, respectively — both in Dubai.
And West Indian skipper Carlos Brathwaite once again blamed poor batting.
“We didn’t bat well in the first six overs in all three games,” said Brathwaite, who replaced World Twenty20 winning captain Darren Sammy last month.
“We never got a competitive total but Pakistan outplayed us in all three games. It’s a matter of skill and temperament. We will go back to the drawing board.”
The two teams play a three-match one-day series starting in Sharjah on Friday. They also play three Tests with the first in Dubai — their first-ever day-night Test — from October 13.