Pakistan on Sunday won the third and final ODI under the Duckworth-Lewis rule by 53 runs as the hosts posted 26/9 in 48 overs and then bundled out West Indies for 216 in 37.2 overs.
Babar Azam said, “We executed our plans and got the desired results. We are trying different combinations with bat and ball. We will try to maintain consistency and also test our bench strength.”
Though Azam failed with the bat and pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was rested, it mattered little as Pakistan were cruising for an easy win.
It is not often that the captain fails with the bat, but that is what happened in the third ODI as the Pakistan captain was dismissed for just one run by Hayden Walsh.
But in what was a promising sign for Pakistan ahead of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in India, many of his team-mates stepped in when needed and gave the No. 1 ranked ODI batsman some help with the willow.
Opener Imam-ul-Haq (62 off 68 balls) contributed another half-century and was named Player of the Series, while middle-order pair Shadab Khan (86 off 78 balls) and Khushdil Shah (43 balls) contributed. 34 in) continued. Affected in the last over of the innings
Till Sunday’s match, West Indies’ new white-ball captain Nicholas Pooran had bowled just three deliveries in ODI cricket, but that quickly changed as the part-time off-spinner took Pakistan’s four leading wickets and career-best figures (4/48). claimed. with a ball.
Pooran found plenty of bounce and turn, sending back Fakhar Zaman (35), Imam-ul-Haq (62), Mohammad Haris (nil) and Mohammad Rizwan (11) to help reduce the hosts to 117/5, But it turned out well for the visitors as Shadab Khan and Khushdil Shah ensured that Pakistan could post a competitive score with some lofty hits.
While Pooran is more known as a stylish middle-order batsman, his latest exploits show that he can easily grow into a world-class all-rounder with both bat and ball.
Shaheen Afridi was rested for the final ODI of the series and his absence was hardly felt as Pakistan’s strong bowling line-up impressed in the sweltering heat of Multan.
Shadab Khan backed his performance with the bat as West Indies picked up four wickets, while Hasan Ali bowled well with the new ball to claim the final wickets of Shai Hope (21) and Romario Shepherd (16). India could not chase down Pakistan’s score.
Debutant Shahnawaz Dahani was alive with the new ball and persisted after scoring some early runs and was rewarded with a five-for with the wicket of Kyle Meyers.
“The last two matches were disappointing for us. We played poorly with the bat. We did well as a team and that will be the blueprint going forward,” ICC quoted West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran after the loss.
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