3rd one-day international
At the third and final one-day international match, which took place on Sunday in Multan, Pakistan completed their 3-0 sweep of the One-Day International series against the visiting West Indies by winning by 53 runs (using the DLS system).
Because of his outstanding performance with both the bat and the ball, Shadab Khan was awarded the title of man of the match. After an unexpected West Indian hero, Nicholas Pooran, took four wickets in the third and final one-day international, which Pakistan played in, Shadab Khan scored a career-best 86 to help Pakistan go to 269-9. Later, Shadab took four wickets for West Indies, contributing to Pakistan winning the home series for the first time in a long time. Hassan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz both took two heads in their respective victories.
West Indies attempted to reach a goal of 270 runs but only managed to score 216. This was made possible by Akeal Hosein’s spirited performance, in which he scored 60 runs off just 37 balls. He hit two fours and six sixes of a towering distance during his innings. In addition to Keacy Carty’s impressive performance, Shai Hope and Keemo Paul contributed 21 runs each to the team total.
At one point in the game, when Akeel Hosein was at the plate, it seemed Pakistan had little chance of winning. However, it was all-rounder Shadab Khan who was the one to send Akeal packing finally. After some time had passed, there was no hope for the Windies.
After Pakistan fell from 85 without loss to 117-5 after winning the toss and opting to bat, Pooran turned his arm over for the second time in his 43-match ODI career to capture 4-48. This came after Pakistan had elected to bat after winning the toss.
The innings seemed like it was about to fall when Babar Azam had a rare failure for one, but Shadab made the most of his bat in the face of the challenge.
Shadab smashed three sixes and four boundaries from 78 balls before he was bowled in the last over of the contest, which was cut short due to a dust storm that lasted for an hour and a half and reduced the game to 48 overs each side.
When he faced them, he beat his score of 54 against New Zealand in Wellington in 2018.
After Pakistan got off to a good start, thanks to Fakhar Zaman (35) and Imam-ul-Haq (62), Pooran sensed that the surface at the Multan stadium would aid spin. He took himself up to bat.
Pooran contributed by taking the wickets of Zaman, Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (11), and Mohammad Haris (naught) off only 25 balls. In his whole first-class career, Pooran had never taken more than one wicket at a time.
Haq reached his 14th one-day international half-century after hitting seven fours and a six off of 68 balls. He is the second hitter in the history of one-day internationals to score seven or more fifties in a row.
Former Pakistani great Javed Miandad, who turned 65 on Sunday, held the record for the most fifties in consecutive one-day internationals with nine, all of which were hit in the same year (1987).
After scoring a century and 77 runs in the first two matches, Azam was out for only one when he was dismissed by the spinner Hayden Walsh in the middle of Pooran’s rampage.
Together with Khushdil Shah (34), Shadab contributed 84 runs to the total for the sixth wicket, while he and Mohammad Wasim (who scored six) added 40 runs for the eighth wicket.
With a 2-0 lead in the series, Pakistan decided to give fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani his first ODI appearance and recall Hasan Ali after giving Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf the day off.
Keacy Carty, Jayden Seales, and Keemo Paul were brought in for the West Indies in place of Alzarri Joseph, Anderson Phillip, and Brandon King.