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Pakistan vs Windies - 3rd T20I

Series: Windies tour of Pakistan, 2018
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Date & Time: 03 April 2018

Pakistan 154/2 (16.5 Ovs) RR: 9.15 | Pakistan won by 8 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman c Ramdin & b R Emritc Ramdin & b R Emrit401762
Babar Azam c Walton & b Odean Smithc Walton & b Odean Smith514060
Hussain Talat Not OutNot Out312830
Asif Ali Not OutNot Out251621
Shoaib Malik dnbdnb0000
Sarfraz Ahmed dnbdnb0000
Faheem Ashraf dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Nawaz dnbdnb0000
Shadab Khan dnbdnb0000
Shaheen Afridi dnbdnb0000
Usman Khan dnbdnb0000
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 5, w 2, nb 0)
Total 154 (2 Wkts, 16.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
61-1 (Fakhar Zaman,5.2), 113-2 (Babar Azam,12.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Keemo Paul2.5 0 37 0 14.80
Rayad Emrit4 0 24 1 6.00
Odean Smith3 0 38 1 12.67
Samuel Badree4 0 30 0 7.50
Jason Mohammed1 0 8 0 8.00
Andre McCarthy2 0 12 0 6.00
Chadwick Walton0 0 0 0 0
Andre Fletcher0 0 0 0 0
Marlon Samuels0 0 0 0 0
Denesh Ramdin0 0 0 0 0
Rovman Powell0 0 0 0 0


Joy and jubilation for the Pakistan team and the crowd. It's been a fantastic series for them. They've been clinically dominant throughout - and that, my friends is the face of the new Pakistan! The series finished just as the Windies were turning up, but they're going to have to take the flight back now. On that note, it's Rishi Roy, taking your leave at midnight IST, on behalf of Raju Peethala, Akshay Maanay and Vinod. It's been a pleasure bringing you this series. Keep tuning in to Cricbuzz for more cricketing action from around the globe. Sayonara!

And the Jubilee Insurance trophy has been handed over to Sarfaz Ahmed by the PCB chairman, and Sarfraz's kid joins him in the celebrations. The team gathers around the CHAMPIONS board and scream their lungs out at the camera (You know you can't be heard on the photos, right?).

Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: "When I started my captaincy, I discussed with Mickey Arthur about consistency and we are giving the youth a lot of chances because of which we are consistently turning out good performances. Even today, we had already won the series, but winning today strengthened our grip on the No. 1 spot. The guys need to be given confidence, and the performances will keep coming. The way the public is backing the side, we can beat the best sides in the world. We shuffled around our attack today, and we were fearless about testing our bench strength, which has really shown the kind of atmosphere of the team. Karachi has been fantastic. They have won our hearts. They deserve to be appreciated. The groundstaff and curator must be appreciated for turning out three pitches in three days, and the security must be thanked as well. A lot of people must've been hurt because of us too, and I apologise to them. I thank everyone for turning out tonight..."

The Pakistan side receive their winning medals. Reminder: they're the number 1 T20 side in the world.

Jason Mohammad, Windies captain: "Today was our best game by far and we have improved through the series. Lots of young guys in the side, including myself, and it was a fantastic experience playing in Pakistan over the last three days."

The Windies players receiving runners-up medals. This is highly unusual, but a nice gesture nonetheless. Chants of West Indies in the crowd!

Babar Azam, Man of the Series: Receives a motorbike! Fancy stuff! "My hopes of batting well throughout the series and winning MoS were answered by the Almighty. We talk to the seniors, like Shoaib Malik, who guides me a lot during pressure situations. I keep his advice in mind all the time. I can't take the bike to Lahore, since I don't have a license (laughs)."

Fakhar Zaman, Man of the Match: "I keep trying, and follow the plan from the captain and coach. I had a rush of blood in the first match, and I got run-out in the process. Don't have a habit of taking singles (laughs), hence the abominable run-out record. I've never seen such an atmosphere like the Pakistan dressing room. The group of youngsters make us feel like we are at home. We are always ready for the fitness test, so come what may, we are ready..."

Najam Sethi, PCB chairman: "We're extremely thankful to the crowd. We are in love with you! The way you've stood beside us for three days, and shown your support, we thank you. We would also like to thank the Windies for touring Pakistan under these circumstances. And congratulations Pakistan, you truly are World Champions. We would like to thank the security as well, without whom, this could not have happened. This time next year, the stadiums will be ready, and Karachi and Lahore will be the hubs of Pakistan cricket next year. Thank you so much..."

Hussain Talat: "Would like to thank those who have helped me through the ranks. I wanted to play with an open heart. Lots of players have come and gone, and I want to stay here. PSL has helped me a lot. I remember the days when India came here to play, and England came as well, so I'm really thankful that I got to debut in Pakistan. Thanks to the PCB. I never thought I would make it this far, so I would like to thank the almighty, who has been kind. I have never bowled regularly, but I have been practising regularly, especially the variations. I'm happy to bat at any position fit for the team since I have batted in most positions in the past. Anything that helps the team."

Ugh, far too many cameras! Just enjoy the moment you millenials :(. Anyway, whatever gives you joy! Lap of honour 2.0 has begun I think. Oh, Hasan Ali is back to his teens - dancing around ditzily on the stage. And the one man, who actually is in his teens, Shaheen, seems much more composed. Introvert, are ya? Same here :).

A cleansweeep, then, for Pakistan, and they take a lap of honour to thank the Karachi crowd for turning up in such large numbers. Hasan Ali does his trademark wicket celebration for the crowd, and it's an emotional moment for this generation of Pakistani cricketers that has rarely had the privilege of playing cricket in front of their home crowd. Ahmed Shehzad has been given the microphone and he's being rather goofy. It's all hunky-dory out at the center right now. Great scenes out there...

22:45 Local Time, 23:15 IST: So there we go! Windies started off really low. Lower than rock bottom. And they improved during the course of the series, and competed quite well today. Nevertheless, despite a decent batting performance (Thanks to Fletcher's 52 and Ramdin's whirlwind 42*), the bowling floundered and the Pakistan batsmen, as they have done throughout the series, spanked them all around the park, starting with Fakhar Zaman (40 off 17), and finishing off with these two young gentlemen with relieved faces running back to the dressing room.

Keemo Paul to Talat, FOUR, ALL OVER! Talat, potential MoS, with 135 runs in 3 games with an average of 67.50, fittingly pulls away this sluggish bouncer to the deep backward square leg fence for four...
Keemo Paul to Talat, no run, another length delivery angling away towards off, Talat taps it to point with an angled vertical bat
Keemo Paul to Asif Ali, 1 run, slower one, leg-cutter on off, Asif Ali stays in the crease and waits.... steers it to point for a single
Keemo Paul to Asif Ali, SIX, boom! Short, and Asif Ali anticipated it, rocked onto the back foot and spanked that pull to the deep square leg fence for six! Pounced on it and absolutely tonked!
Keemo Paul to Asif Ali, FOUR, short and on the face, Asif Ali swivels into a pull, clouts it away and rotates on his heel to send it blazing away to the deep backward square leg fence for four. Nearly takes a ball-boys head

Keemo Paul [2.0-0-22-0] is back into the attack

Emrit to Talat, no run, full and wide outside off, Talat is fevikwik-ed to the crease as he goes for a cross-batted loft down the ground and through the line, misses
Emrit to Asif Ali, 1 run, short of a length angling in towards off, Asif Ali buckles his knees and wristily steers it down to third man for a single
Emrit to Talat, 1 run, very short, @136km/h from round the wicket, got big on him as he tried to pull with the angle, manages it tap it on the head with a pull towards in front of square leg for a single
Emrit to Asif Ali, 1 run, back of a length skidding in towards off, Asif Ali crouches low and jabs a cut away towards deep third man for a single
Emrit to Asif Ali, 2 runs, length ball on middle, deflected away from the crease towards deep square leg for another couple. Pakistan edge closer to the white-wash...
Emrit to Asif Ali, 2 runs, good length delivery on off, dropped from the crease towards short mid-wicket. They go for the single and push for the second, put pressure on the fielder and he succumbs with a misfield... A brace in the end
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, 1 run, good length on off and middle, Asif Ali gets across and nudges it away to mid-wicket for a quick single
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, wide, far too wide outside off, Asif Ali looks at it pass him in ridicule
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, FOUR, back of a length and not too wide, but that's what happens when you can trust the bounce: a carved maneuver to the third man fence for four where Emrit doesn't even try to stop it
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, wide, short, too short, soars over the head, wided
Odean Smith to Talat, 1 run, just a tad short and skiddy, Talat is hurried into a pull to mid-wicket where the man misfields, allows a single. A throw at the striker's end and the Asif Ali evades the wrath of the ball as it goes away to short third man
Odean Smith to Talat, 2 runs, leg-stump half-volley, whipped away to deep square leg for a brace
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, 1 run, just a fraction short and wide outside off, Asif Ali tries a cut with cemented feet, gets a top-edge away to third man for a single
Odean Smith to Talat, 1 run, wide-ish, good length, Talat somehow squeezes out a cut (thanks to the width) to deep backward point for a single
Emrit to Asif Ali, no run, back of a length delivery on off, headed for middle, skiddy, Asif Ali hurriedly jabs that back down the pitch
Emrit to Asif Ali, no run, another fullish one on the pads, clipped away to square leg
Emrit to Asif Ali, leg byes, FOUR, tried the yorker, managed the full-toss, straying down leg too, everything wrong with that delivery, and Asif Ali misses the flick too. Gets it off the pads and it is diverted away to deep fine leg for four
Emrit to Asif Ali, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Asif Ali drops it off the back foot to the bowler
Emrit to Talat, 1 run, good length delivery wide-ish outside off, Talat reaches out without any feet and steers it away behind point for a single
Emrit to Asif Ali, 1 run, straying onto the pads again with the good length ball, nudged away in front of square leg for a single

Rayad Emrit [2.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

Odean Smith to Asif Ali, 1 run, full and straying on the pads, and a subcontinental whip away to deep mid-wicket for a comfortable single

Asif Ali, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Odean Smith to Babar Azam, out Caught by Walton!! Gone! Fractionally short outside off, Babar Azam shuffles in line with the ball and clouts the pull away to deep mid-wicket, picks out the fielder in the deep. Second wicket down for Pakistan, but Babar's done his job. They just need a steady hand home now... Babar Azam c Walton b Odean Smith 51(40) [4s-6]

Odean Smith to Babar Azam, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Odean Smith to Babar Azam, FOUR, 50 partnership! And 5th 50 for Azam! Half-volley alright, but Babar Azam just bottom-hand drives that through the covers for four. Timing - check, power - check, placement - check...
Odean Smith to Babar Azam, no run, a tad short and marginally wide, Babar Azam carves it away to the left of McCarthy at point who dives and makes the save
Odean Smith to Talat, 1 run, fuller length and wide outside off, Talat leans forward and throws his bat at it, gets a thick edge to third man for a single
Odean Smith to Babar Azam, 1 run, back of a length delivery just outside off, not much width, Babar Azam gets on the back foot and pucnhes it to mid-off for a single. Almost a caught and bowled, but falls short. A throw at the non-striker's end too, but he's made it. It's all happening here...

Odean Smith [1.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, 1 run, loopy one on middle and leg, Babar Azam gets across and flicks it away to mid-wicket with an exaggerated followthrough for a single


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