West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd T20I, Port of Spain April 1, 2017

Half an appeal, massive wicket

Plays of the day from the third T20I between West Indies and Pakistan, featuring the oddest ways for batsmen to get out

Ahmed Shehzad was bowled second ball of the match by Samuel Badree © AFP

The set up

Samuel Badree may be a legspinner, but he does not bowl full tosses. So when he lobbed one up for the easiest slog sweep for four that Ahmed Shehzad would ever play, it seemed odd. It became clear the very next ball, though, that Badree was merely lulling his opponent into a false sense of security. He sensed Shehzad coming down the track, dragged his length back, gave it a good rip so that it spun right past the outside edge and crashed into middle stump.

The welcome back

Marlon Samuels had not bowled in international cricket since November 2015, when he was banned for a suspect action. Cleared in February this year, he was called in to deliver the 13th over. He began with a rank full toss , the kind of hit-me delivery that gully cricketers would be embarrassed about. So naturally it produced a wicket in international cricket as Kamran Akmal, on 48, walloped it straight to deep midwicket. The batsman was hoping it would be called no-ball for height, but considering he was crouching in his stance, it was ruled legal.

The non-appeal that became a wicket

The batsman was several yards short of his ground. It seemed like Sarfraz Ahmed was going to pay for his greed - looking for a quick single - but West Indies did not look even the least bit excited. Jason Holder, the man who had broken the stumps at the bowler's end, was already making his way to the top of his mark because he thought he had not collected the ball cleanly. But he had. Clearly. Comfortably. He had got rid of the Pakistan captain without realising it. Good thing Carlos Brathwaite wasn't as dozy and put in the polite enquiry that brought the third umpire into play.

The unintended archway

Two days ago, West Indies were terribly under par in the field. "At least it wasn't for lack of trying," their supporters might say. Well, that excuse went out the window in the third T20I. A gentle little clip off the pads from Babar Azam was given free passage to the boundary because Holder, running to his right from midwicket, and Evin Lewis, racing to his left from square leg, forgot to do the most important things. Call - and then field the ball.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Prem on April 3, 2017, 5:26 GMT

    Jason Holder does not deserve a spot in the team. And Sarfraz must be the worst wicketkeeper in international cricket at the moment.

  • cricfan16719213 on April 2, 2017, 14:49 GMT

    It was a good contest. Sarfraz is still learning but he has so far proven himself as a good captain. We should invest in him and we will get dividends. I will criticise selection here coz the team has no specialist hitter or the middle order batsman, likes of Malik, Akmal, Hafeez are not proper batsmen.

  • Josiah on April 2, 2017, 6:42 GMT

    why is it that people never have anything good or positive to say about the team's most committed players?

  • WIman on April 2, 2017, 5:17 GMT

    Holder is a lazy player like most of the Wi players.

  • Vic on April 1, 2017, 20:19 GMT

    Sarfraz's personal game has gone down the tube in the last 3 matches---.

    Pakistani team does not have ' men ' who can hit the ball out of the park in death overs---men like Shahid Afridi---Abdul Razzaq.

    No deep mid wicket---for a long time.

  • tlcgou1924081 on April 1, 2017, 19:36 GMT

    Good victory for West Indies, congratulations. Disappointed wit Lewis. After such a great innings and only three runs to go and over 30 balls left he got out? Three singles could have done it and remain unbeaten.

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