Pakistan showed up that its cricket is on an upper curve winning the ODI series toppling West Indies. It is an achievement for the team that successfully claimed their success of a last record 26 years against the host. Pakistan is through a low tide and the victory came as a solace for the team. The next generation Pakistani players are emerging as strong batsmen as well as bowlers standing up to their senior counterparts. However, the senior players are still with adequate fitness. The partnership between Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in the last ODI was exemplary. The players scored 113 runs together with Malik bringing up his ninth ODI ton.
West Indies scored 233 batting in the first half of the match. The team could not bring up better runs in the first overs losing the opener batsmen to Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim and Hasan Ali. The team slid to 68 for 3 wickets before 20 overs. Then came the partnership between Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed steering the inning to a decent figure. The players added 101 to the tally. West Indies was slowed in the middle overs by Imad Wasim who bowled with a consistent line and spin. With Mohammed Hafeez, he bowled 17 overs together giving out only 45 runs in the stretch. Indies’ run rate was down as 3.34 per over. It was the late showdown from Mohammed and Hope launching the sixes off Hasan Ali that brought up the decent figures to challenge Pakistan.
In the chase, Pakistan started with an early mischief. Kamran Akmal was down at the first ball of the inning. By the ninth over, the team fell to 36 for 3. But Babar Azam came out as the last success for West Indies bowlers because after him, it was only runs that they could give to Pakistan. Malik and Hafeez came up to bat to survive on the pitch, but they turned it to a scoring mill. There were slow spins on the pitch, which they abandoned carefully. The victory was still hundred runs away when the players finally started to turn the game. Hafeez batted until the 30th over steering the chase to 149.
Malik paired with Sarfraz Ahmed on the last stretch hauling the inning to the victory. By the end, Mallik grew confident enough to hammer a six for his ton off Jason Holder. West Indies played erroneously throughout the match. There were misfields, improper shots, and weak deliveries. Whenever Pakistan lost it to Indies, it was more of a mistake of the visitors.
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