Latest Cricket News: With a stunning seven-wicket win on Thursday, Pakistan completed a clean sweep of the three-match Twenty20 series against a virus-plagued West Indies.
Run-machine Mohammad Rizwan scored 87 to end the year with his 12th half-century in Twenty20 internationals, while skipper Babar Azam scored 79 in Pakistan’s 208-3 in 18.5 overs chase.
On the morning of the match, three more West Indies players tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the tourists’ camp to nine – six players and three support staff.
Despite the tourists winning the toss and electing to bat, the West Indies’ top-order hitters, led by captain Nicholas Pooran’s blistering 64 off 37 balls, performed well to post 207-3.
Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein was one of three players who test positive, along with Shai Hope and all-rounder Justin Greaves, for the West Indies. Hosein had performed admirably in Pakistan’s last two matches, which they won by 63 and nine runs, respectively.
After the former reversed an lbw verdict by a television referral off debutant left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie’s first ball, Rizwan and Babar played with the inexperienced West Indies bowling attack.
They became the first partnership to achieve a sixth century stand for the opening wicket, breaking the previous record of five held by Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul of India.
Babar and Babar, who smashed nine fours and two sixes between them, put on a 158-run stand before the Pakistan captain holed out at mid-off in the 16th over to Odean Smith’s knuckleball.
Rizwan smashed ten fours and three sixes before slicing a catch to Pooran with Pakistan just needing 24 runs to win. With seven balls to spare, Asif Ali (21 not out) hammered two sixes and two fours to seal the victory.
Earlier, in the absence of Pakistan’s rested fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf, the West Indies hitters posted a tough total.
Shamarh Brooks (49) and Brandon King (43) combined for 66 runs in the opening six overs, with Mohammad Hasnain (0-49) proving too pricey.
Before Pakistan pulled back with the help of quick bowler Shahnawaz Dahani, who only gave up one boundary in his four overs and took Brooks’ wicket to end with 1-23.
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