Pakistan sweeps West Indies behind Dustbuster Shadab is news of the day. Pakistan defeated the West Indies by 53 runs in the third and final day-night international played in Multan. All-rounder Shadab Khan contributed with a fighting fifty and four wickets. An unexpected dust storm put a stop to the game. After Nicholas Pooran had taken four wickets and left the home team in a precarious position at 117-5, Shadab stepped up with 86 runs to help Pakistan go to 269-9.
Imam-ul-Haq made 62 runs off 68 balls as the opener, while the finest ODI batsman in the world, Babar Azam, was out for a single off three deliveries—an very rare occurrence. The visitors were bowled out for 216 in 37.2 overs thanks to Shadab’s leg spin, which yielded 4-62. This secured 30 crucial points for Pakistan in the ODI Super League, a tournament that serves as a qualifying round for the 2019 World Cup in India. Read out the complete details down below with us!
Pakistan sweeps West Indies behind Dustbuster Shadab
With 90 points after the 3-0 victory, Pakistan moved up to fourth spot in the ODI League. Fifth in the standings with 80 points is the West Indies. Due to a dust storm during Pakistan’s innings, the game was shortened to 48 overs, but that didn’t stop Pakistan from clinching their ninth consecutive One-Day International series victory over the West Indies. The two contests took place in Multan. Both games were won by Pakistan, with the first one being won by five wickets and the second by 120 runs. Keacy Carty (33), Rovman Powell (10), and Akeal Hosein (highest scorer, 60 off 37 balls with 6 sixes and 2 fours) were all dismissed by Shadab. As a result of the 49 runs scored by Hosein and Romario Shepherd for the eighth wicket, the visitors began to hope for a comeback.
They both lost, albeit by the same score of 12 runs, putting an end to a miserable series. Despite promising starts, Shai Hope (21), Shamarh Brooks (18), Pooran (11), and Powell (10) all went down in defeat. Mohammad Nawaz, a left-arm spinner, finished with a score of 2-56 after dismissing Brooks and Keemo Paul (21). Pooran, a part-time bowler, had previously dealt heavy blows to Pakistan. When Pakistan, who had won the toss and elected to bat, went from 85 without losing a wicket to 117-5, Pooran bowled with his opposite arm for the only time in his 43 ODIs and ended up with four wickets.
It seemed like the innings was about to come apart when Babar Azam was dismissed for one, but Shadab made the most of his opportunity. Shadab was out in the final over after hitting three sixes and four fours from 78 balls. After scoring 54 against New Zealand in Wellington in 2018, he went on to have a much more successful year. Pooran got himself going after Fakhar Zaman (35) and Haq got Pakistan off to a solid start at Multan Stadium by using the surface to their advantage with spin. In only 25 balls, Pooran bowled out Zaman, Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (11), and Mohammad Haris (0). Previous to it, he had never bowled out more than one batsman in a first-class match. Haq struck 50 off 68 balls, including seven fours and a six, for his 14th ODI fifty.
When it comes to one-day internationals, he was only the second batter to ever record seven consecutive fifties (ODIs). Javed Miandad, a former cricket superstar for Pakistan, turned 65 on Sunday. In 1987, he set a record by making fifty in nine consecutive one-day internationals. Hayden Walsh’s leg-before delivery between Pooran’s dismissals got Azam out. Azam had scored a hundred and 77 runs in the first two games. At the sixth wicket, Shadab contributed 84 runs with Khushdil Shah (34 runs). Together with Mohammad Wasim (six runs), he contributed 40 runs at eighth wicket.