As we knew the home team Pakistan has already won these three ODI series by winning the first two matches. Babar and Imam stood strong once again, Fakhar still struggling for his form. Nawaz was the bowler who gave nothing to the Windies team but took four wickets. Pakistan took the last game and with that, they took an unassailable lead in the series. And they did so convincingly, beating the tourists by 120 runs after making just about a par total in the first innings. Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq were among the runs again, making their sixth consecutive scores of fifty or more, but Mohammad Nawaz was the star of the show. He took career-best figures of 4 for 19, becoming the first Pakistan bowler since Mohammad Hafeez in 2011 to concede fewer than 20 in his full quota of overs in an ODI.
Celebrations all-around at the Multan Cricket Stadium as Pakistan register a 3-0 clean sweep. Hugs and smiles all around for the men in green and why not! They have been as clinical as they can be at home. It’s a real missed opportunity for West Indies tonight, not having enough wickets in the bank despite the target always being gettable. Surely there must be the thoughts as the players shake hands, warmly greeting the opposition. The PSL has ensured that very few of these players are ‘strangers’.
Shadab Khan, player of the match:
“It’s difficult after the injuries because the confidence is down. But it feels good to do well. The talk between Khushdil and me was to take it deep with the power–hitters in the ranks. I bowled better in the first two games but got wickets tonight, thanks to the Almighty. But I will try and do better.”
Imam-ul-Haq, player of the series:
“Feels nice. It’s about the process and I was working hard. Feels special and happy to play with this bunch of players. I haven’t changed much. After 2019 we haven’t played many ODIs and so that takes time. It’s just the confidence of doing well in back-to-back games. (With Babar) It’s been 11 years that we know each other and we know each other’s game. So when there is pressure, we talk a lot and it helps.”
Nicholas Pooran, West Indies captain:
“The last two games were disappointing for us. We played poorly with the bat. We did well as a team and going forward that will be the template. (Akeal Hosein) He is someone who has been working hard with the ball and with the bat. He tells everyone he is a batsman and well done to him. Really proud of the players to take on the challenge. Looking forward to being smart with the body in the series against Bangladesh.”
Babar Azam, Pakistan captain:
“We could execute the plans and are giving 100% in all departments and the results are there to see. Nawaz’s bowling in the second match was vital and that decided the series for us. So it was the best for us in the series. We had to check the bench strength as well as utilize the seniors. We are trying different combinations with bat and bowl. We will try to keep continuity and keep testing. We have different areas of improvement as each of the three games showed. We hope to learn from our mistakes and get better. (On his form) I try to play positive cricket and try to play the situation. The conditions were different in each of the games.”
Pakistan vs West Indies Highlights today, Sunday 12-6-2022. 3rd ODI (D/N), West Indies tour of Pakistan from Multan Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bat.
Pakistan team: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam ul Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Shadab Khan, 6 Mohammad Haris, 7 Khushdil Shah, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shahnawaz Dahani, 11 Mohammad Wasim.
West Indies team: 1 Shai Hope (wk), 2 Kyle Mayers, 3 Shamarh Brooks, 4 Nicholas Pooran (capt), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Romario Shepherd, 7 Keacy Carty, 8 Akeal Hosein, 9 Jayden Seales, 10 Hayden Walsh, 11 Keemo Paul.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 136
Pakistan Won: 62
West Indies Won: 71
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
Match Timings: 11:00 GMT | 16:00 Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Asif Yaqoob
TV Umpires – Aleem Dar
Match Referee – Muhammad Javed
Reserve Umpire – Faisal Afridi
Match number – ODI no. 4407