Despite restricting West Indies for 233, Pakistan’s situation looked murky especially after the top 3 fell cheaply. It was left for the old-horses Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to do the hard work to guide their side home. Malik and Hafeez struck 113-run partnership to stabalise the ship, while Sarfaraz ensured that Pakistan reached home without any alarms.
Cricingif takes a look at the top two performers from the last match of the ODI series.
Shoaib Malik collected the award for Man of the match & series after his 9th ODI century helped Pakistan not only win the series, but also secured Pakistan’s chances for a direct qualification to the next world cup. Malik walked in with Pakistan reeling at 3/36 and negotiated the charge from the Windies – striking a 113-run partnership with Hafeez to take Pakistan to the safety. After Haeez’ departure, Sarfaraz not only played an able hand to ensure Pakistan’s victory, but also gave Malik a chance to have a shot at three figures. At 95* and 4 runs required to win, Malik launched Holder into the stands to achieve his ton, as well as taking Pakistan over the line.
Malik smashes his 9th ODI century to take Pakistan home
Coming into the game, Mohammad Amir had been criticized for his ordinary performance in the first two game. Even in the third ODI, Pakistan’s bowling was packed with brilliant moments in patches with lengthy spells of ordinary stuff. Amir ended with the figures of 2/41, including the important scalp of skipper Jason Holder. He also ran out Devendra Bishoo off the last ball of the innings. Amir will need to show significant improvement from the current showing to strengthen his case for an automatic selection in the side.
Holder miscues one to long on
Amir accounts for Permaul
Amir runs out Devendra Bishoo