Hayley Matthews Stars as West Indies Dominate Pakistan in Second T20I

Hayley Matthews Stars as West Indies Dominate Pakistan in Second T20I

West Indies' Hayley Matthews continued her impressive all-round form to lead her team to a dominant seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the second T20I in Karachi. Matthews' 3 for 26 restricted Pakistan to a below-par 121 for 7, while her unbeaten 58 off 43 balls guided West Indies to a comfortable chase.

Pakistan opted to bat first but struggled to gain momentum, with Gull Feroza's laborious 14 off 29 balls setting the tone for a slow start. Muneeba Ali's 55 off 47 balls provided some respite, but Pakistan's innings lacked impetus, reaching only 33 runs in the powerplay.

Matthews' bowling proved decisive, as she dismissed Sidra Ameen early and then returned to claim two wickets in the final over, including the crucial scalp of Nida Dar. Pakistan's total of 121 looked inadequate on a pitch that appeared to offer more assistance to the batters.

West Indies began their chase aggressively, with Matthews striking five boundaries in the first five overs. However, Pakistan's spin trio of Nashra Sandhu, Tuba Hassan, and Nida Dar slowed the scoring rate, restricting West Indies to six runs per over for the next six overs.

Despite the slowdown, West Indies never lost control of the chase. Matthews' dismissal brought Shemaine Campbelle to the crease, but her dismissal by Tuba Hassan gave Pakistan a glimmer of hope. However, Chedean Nation's boundary sealed the victory, completing a clinical performance by West Indies.

The third T20I of the five-match series will be played on 30 April in Karachi, with West Indies on the verge of securing a series victory.

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