Pakistan on Sunday clean sweep the ODI series against West Indies 3-0 after a 53 run-victory (DLS method) in the third ODI in Multan.
Whitewashing West Indies in the recently concluded home series in Multan helped Pakistan take the fourth position from India in the latest International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI team rankings.
The recent triumph earned Pakistan 106 points.
Green Shirts won the toss and elected to bat first against the West Indies in the third and last one-day international on Sunday.
Allrounder Shadab Khan hit a fighting half-century before taking four wickets to anchor Pakistan’s 53-run win over the West Indies in the third and final day-night international in Multan which was interrupted by a dust storm.
Shadab’s leg-spin then fetched 4-62 to dismiss the visitors for 216 in 37.2 overs, giving Pakistan 30 invaluable points in the ODI Super League, a qualification round for next year’s World Cup in India.
Sensing the Multan stadium pitch helping spin, Pooran brought himself up after Fakhar Zaman (35) and Haq gave Pakistan a solid start.
Pooran chipped in with the wickets of Zaman, Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (11), and Mohammad Haris off just 25 balls, having never taken more than one wicket in his first-class career.
Haq smashed seven boundaries and six off 68 balls for his 14th ODI half-century. He became only the second batter to score seven or more fifties in successive ODIs.
Pooran was disappointed at losing the last two games. “The last two games were disappointing for us. We played poorly with the bat,” said Pooran.
Azam was delighted at the series win.
“We execute the plans and are giving 100 percent in all departments and the results are there to see,” said Azam who has now won four out of five series as captain.
Hosts are eyeing a whitewash of West Indies in the three-match ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series today.