KINGSTOWN - Pakistan successfully defended a modest total of 135 on a tired and slow pitch in St Vincent, in the second and final Twenty20 international at the Arnos Vale Stadium on Sunday to clinch the two match series 2-0.

Pakistan defeated the hosts the other night in the first Twenty20 while making a successful chase, by two wickets. Earlier, Pakistan won the five-match ODI series 3-1. The 2-0 victory in the Twenty20 series also gives Pakistan a ranking boost as the scaled to second place in the ICC rankings.

Chasing a modest target of 136 runs, West Indies were reduced to 124-9 in 20 overs despite a late onslaught of Tino Best who scored 17 runs on nine balls. West Indies struggled from start of the innings, as they were reduced to 17-4 in eight overs. Chris Gayle failed once again as he was caught by Afridi off the bowling of Hafeez just one run short from his 1000 international runs. One-day captain Dwayne Bravo top scored with 35 runs off 44 balls with one six and two boundaries. Sunil Narine who was promoted in the batting order after the early collapse was the other main run getter for the hosts as he scored 28 runs off just 16 runs.

West indies batsmen failed to negotiate the spin again and lost their wickets on regular intervals. For Pakistan, Sohail Tanveer was the most successful bowler with figures of 2-20 in his four overs spell. Saeed Ajmal, (2-21), Zulfiqar Babar (2-37), Hafeez (1-9) and Shahid Afridi (1-29) were other wicket takers.

Earlier, An unbeaten 46 from Umar Akmal boosted a flagging Pakistan as they eventually reached 135 for seven. Seeking a 2-0 sweep of the series following a last-ball, two-wicket win in the first match the day before, the wicketkeeper-batsman’s late assault in lifting the tourists from 109 for seven in the 18th over could prove crucial on a pitch where his captain, Mohammad Hafeez, felt any score in excess of 130 could be a winning one.

Despite 44 from opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, it appeared as if Hafeez would have been made to regret the decision to bat first on winning the toss.

He fell cheaply to Samuel Badree and with wickets continuing to tumble at regular intervals, West Indies appeared to have their opponents in a real stranglehold as they struggled to get the ball on a blistering afternoon. Badree’s effort of two for 20 was a vast improvement from the previous day but it was his Trinidad and Tobago compatriot and fellow spinner Sunil Narine who finished with the best figures of three for 26.