Pakistan chase down 208 to claim seven-wicket win over West Indies for T20 series clean sweep | Cricket News

One of the West Indies hit by Covid scored 207-3 from their 20 overs, before Pakistan chased their goal with seven reserve balls to complete a 3-0 T20 series win; ODI series, which begins this weekend, postponed

Last updated: 16/12/21 20:13


Babar Azam (right) and Mohammad Rizwan (left) helped Pakistan win the 3-0 series in Karachi

Pakistan completed a clean sweep of the three-game Twenty20 series against a West Indies virus with a resounding seven-wicket win on Thursday.

Runner Mohammad Rizwan finished the year with his 12th half century in international Twenty20s scoring 87, while captain Babar Azam made 79 in Pakistan’s furious 208-3 run in 18.5 overs.

The West Indies team was further exhausted on the morning of the game when three other players tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to nine: six players and three support staff in the tourist camp.

The best hitters in the West Indies, led by captain Nicholas Pooran’s brilliant 64 out of 37 balls, still did well to place 207-3 after the tourists had won the draw and chose to bat.

Nicholas Pooran (right) and Brandon King (left) both impressed for the West Indies

Nicholas Pooran (right) and Brandon King (left) both impressed for the West Indies

The West Indies felt the absence of left arm spinner Akeal Hosein, who was one of three players to test positive alongside Shai Hope and handyman Justin Greaves. Hosein had done well in the previous two games, which Pakistan won by 63 and nine points respectively.

Rizwan and Babar played the inexperienced West Indies bowling bout once the former overturned a lbw decision through a televised referral on the first ball from rookie left arm spinner Gudakesh Motie.

They became the first pair to register a sixth-century stand for the opening wicket and broke the Indian pair’s first wicket record of five of Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul.

Babar, who scored nine fours and two sixes, joined in a 158-point stand before the Pakistan captain pocketed mid-game against Odean Smith’s ball in the 16th over.

Rizwan hit 10 fours and three sixes before cutting a hold in Pooran with Pakistan who needed just 24 to win. Asif Ali (21 not out) hit two sixes and two fours to lift the win with seven balls to spare.

Previously, West Indian hitters took advantage of the absence of Pakistan’s rested fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf to post a challenging total.

Shamarh Brooks (49) and Brandon King (43) beat 66 in the first six overs, with fast pitcher Mohammad Hasnain (0-49) proving too expensive.

Pooran also scored to his liking before Pakistan retreated through fast pitcher Shahnawaz Dahani, who only conceded a limit in his four overs, and led Brooks’ wicket to finish with 1-23.

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