ABU DHABI: Coach Mickey Arthur urged Pakistan to be ruthless and achieve a rare clean sweep against world champions West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.Pakistan hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series after the nine wicket and 16-run victories in the two back-to-back matches in Dubai.
Arthur said the series win is the first step in building a new team under the captaincy of wicket-keeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, five months after they crashed out of the World Twenty20 in India.“Without a doubt the series win is the first step in the right direction,” said Arthur on Monday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. “We want to win it 3-0 and want to be ruthless with our attitude.”
Pakistan have never won two T20 matches in a three-match series.Their spin assault saw West Indies crumble for 115 on Friday, with left-arm spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim grabbing a career best five for 14 — the first Pakistani spinner to take five wickets in a T20 International.
They then scored 160 for four before restricting the West Indies for 144 for nine on Saturday.Arthur believes his players are achieving targets after losing a one-day series 4-1, but winning the only T20 on their recent tour of England.
“We set ourselves some realistic goals. First of all we want to play the brand of cricket that’s up with the task, we want players who can do the job and I think we went some way to finding out some players in this series who can do that,” said Arthur who replaced Waqar Younis after the World T20.
Arthur was satisfied with Pakistan’s batting approach, especially in the Powerplay overs.
“Some of the things we identified in the England series was power play thing and that is pleasing that we have improved on that.
“The dot ball percentage [we play] was always far too high, so we had to rotate the strike more and we particularly worked hard to score off good balls and have done good power hitting.”
Arthur hoped dashing batsman Umar Akmal will redeem his career, recalled to the T20 squad after five months and in the one-day team after a year and a half.
“I had a very serious chat with Umar,” said Arthur of Akmal being dropped for disciplinary reasons.
“He knows where he stands, but he has been outstanding and has stuck to his work and he is working very hard and I am enjoying working with him.”
Arthur believed West Indies were finding life difficult against his spinners.
“Look, it’s always an area where we try to expose opponents in these conditions and we have done that with spin bowling. These are our conditions so we try to expose them in our conditions and we have been smart in these conditions.”
Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Akmal, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees Khan, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Rizwan.
West Indies: Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Chadwick Walton.