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    Match factsSeptember 27, 2016 Start time 2000 local (1600 GMT)Big PictureBereft of confidence and 0-4 down, not much was happening for Pakistans limited-overs squad in their ODI series against England last month. But, as is the case in sport, one moment of clear thinking can help a team turn around. Pakistan achieved that through a partnership between their best limited-overs batsmen, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed, in a demanding chase of 303 in Cardiff. Three convincing T20 wins followed, and now, Pakistan have an atypical sense of belief in their own game, and camaraderie under newly-appointed captain Sarfraz has hit a new level. Although this series is done, Pakistan are still striving to find the glue that can hold it all together: consistency.Pakistans series win against West Indies has been built around the same modus operandi theyve used for decades - bat to par and bowl well above that. Reducing the world champions to 48 for 8 and 89 for 7 in the first two T20s showed their discipline with the ball. A youthful side has also shown the ability to save runs on the field. But, how will Pakistans new-look outfit hold their own under the duress that this format often brings?As teams master the T20 format, they also sometimes deem a bad day acceptable. West Indies batsmen suffered two in succession, which has cost the team the series; their six-hitters have hit the wall when unable to find the boundary. West Indies are known to be a boundary-hitting side. But its up to us to find a way around that, batting coach Toby Radford said after the second T20. If they dont, a whitewash may be inevitable.Form guidePakistan WWWLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)West Indies LLWWWIn the spotlightShoaib Malik has been one of Pakistans most consistent T20 performers. In his last 16 T20I innings, Malik has failed to register a double-digit score just once. Maliks experience and fielding prowess have also helped Pakistan in their dramatic limited-overs revival.West Indies middle order, which includes Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Carlos Brathwaite, is arguably the best in the world. Bravo resurrected West Indies innings in the first T20 with a 54-ball 55. But for them to be at their destructive best, West Indies top order has to set a base from where the middle order can attack effectively.Team newsPakistan have no reason to change their winning combination with a whitewash in sight, although coach Mickey Arthur said on the eve of the game that there might be changes on the fast-bowling front. We would like to bring in [Mohammad] Amir, and start him bowling before the ODIs, he said. I want to know how Rumman Raees goes too, but we will take a final decision tomorrow.*Pakistan (probable): 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Khalid Latif, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Sohail Tanvir, 11 Hasan Ali/Mohammad AmirWith the series gone, captain Carlos Brathwaite said they are likely to hand a debut to one or two players. Rovman Powell may make it into the XI for Nicholas Pooran, who has scores of 5 and 4 in his first two T20Is. West Indies may also rejig their misfiring top order.West Indies (probable): 1 Johnson Charles, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Andre Fletcher (wk), 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Rovman Powell/Nicholas Pooran, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Jerome TaylorPitch and conditionsAbu Dhabi, with its larger dimensions, will provide a different challenge to the batsmen. Pakistans batsmen scampered through for plenty of twos in the smaller Dubai outfield, which could continue. West Indies six-hitting ability and adaptability will be tested. The nature of the pitch is unlikely to be too dissimilar from the first two T20Is, and temperatures are expected to be in the late 30s again.Stats and triviaBefore this series, Pakistan had never won more than one match in a three-match T20I seriesPakistans left-arm bowlers have taken 14 wickets this series, the joint most for any team in a bilateral T20I seriesPakistan have won only one of the four T20Is they have played in Abu DhabiQuotesThe dot-ball percentage was always far too high [previously in limited-overs cricket], so we had to rotate the strike more and we particulary worked hard to score off good balls. It was pleasing to see us score so many [87] off the last ten the other night.Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is happy that his teams efforts to improve aspects of their limited-overs batting are workingI havent lost confidence in anyone as a team.Captain Carlos Brathwaite is clear about believing in his team despite losing the two matches.*18.00GMT, September 26: The preview was updated after Mickey Arthurs media interaction cheap jerseys from china . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. cheap nba jerseys authentic . -- When the Florida Panthers fell behind by two goals in the first period to the top team in the NHL, it appeared they were on their way to yet another loss. . -- In one brief spurt, Brazil turned a close game into a rout and proved again it will be a strong World Cup favourite. nba jerseys from china . It was just business as usual for the Thunder at home. Durant scored 32 points and the Thunder beat the Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win. nba jerseys sale cheap . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. LAS VEGAS -- Demetrious Johnson has drawn comparisons to former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Now he shares a distinct number with him.Johnson (25-2) defended the UFC flyweight championship for the ninth consecutive time at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Saturday, defeating Tim Elliott via unanimous decision. All three judges scored it for Johnson: 49-46, 49-46, 49-45.The win moves Johnson into a tie with St-Pierre for the second-longest title reign in UFC history. He is just one away from tying the all-time record of 10, held by former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.The victory was mostly a foregone conclusion for Johnson, with the major exception the opening round. In the first, Elliott locked in a guillotine and then transitioned to a DArce choke. The submission looked tight, but Johnson gave a thumbs up to the referee.I wasnt going out, Johnson said. I said, Hey, hey, hey, [referee Herb Dean], dont you stop this fight. And he said, I got you dog.He blitzes on you. I stayed composed like a champion. I knew my grappling would be the best way to beat him.In addition to the choke, Elliott dropped Johnson with a left hand later in the round. Despite that strong start, it was Johnsons fight from that point on. Elliott showed heart and drew a positive response from the crowd with his unorthodox striking but was badly outwrestled.According to Fightmetric, Johnson was credited with five of six takedowns and a whopping 16:52 of control time. He spent the majority of the fight in top positionn, landing short punches and elbows and hunting submissions.ddddddddddddHe threatened Elliott with rear-naked chokes in several rounds and appeared to have it locked up in the fourth. Johnson had his hooks in and the right arm under the neck, with Elliott grimacing. Somehow, the challenger wriggled out.Elliott also stayed very active from the bottom, landing enough elbows himself to keep things competitive. He created several scrambles but ultimately forfeited dominant position to Johnson too often to turn the tide.The matchup was unique in that Elliott, 29, was not publicly revealed as Johnsons opponent until Wednesday. Elliott earned the shot by winning the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter. The UFC actually cut Elliott in 2015 after he lost three in a row.Man, I know I can get in there with anybody and compete, Elliott said. Even this fight, even though I was down when the time ran out, if its a fight to the death, I beat ranked Johnson the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world coming into the event. A Washington-based fighter, he has not lost since 2011. His only loss in the UFC came at 135 pounds to current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.Johnsons next challenge will likely come in the form of Joseph Benavidez, whom he has defeated twice, in 2012 and 2013. Benavidez won his sixth straight fight Saturday by defeating Henry Cejudo by split decision. ' ' '