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Pakistan vs Windies - 3rd T20I

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

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

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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.

16.5
4
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...
16.4
0
Keemo Paul to Talat, no run, another length delivery angling away towards off, Talat taps it to point with an angled vertical bat
16.3
1
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
16.2
6
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!
16.1
4
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

15.6
0
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
15.5
1
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
15.4
1
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
15.3
1
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
15.2
2
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...
15.1
2
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
14.6
1
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
14.6
1
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, wide, far too wide outside off, Asif Ali looks at it pass him in ridicule
14.5
4
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
14.5
1
Odean Smith to Asif Ali, wide, short, too short, soars over the head, wided
14.4
1
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
14.3
2
Odean Smith to Talat, 2 runs, leg-stump half-volley, whipped away to deep square leg for a brace
14.2
1
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
14.1
1
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
13.6
0
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
13.5
0
Emrit to Asif Ali, no run, another fullish one on the pads, clipped away to square leg
13.4
4
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
13.3
0
Emrit to Asif Ali, no run, back of a length delivery on off, Asif Ali drops it off the back foot to the bowler
13.2
1
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
13.1
1
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

12.6
1
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

12.5
0
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!!

12.4
4
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...
12.3
0
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
12.2
1
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
12.1
1
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

11.6
1
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
11.5
1
Andre McCarthy to Talat, 1 run, full and flat fired in on leg, wristy whip away to long-on for a single
11.4
1
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, 1 run, full one just outside off, dug out to deep point for a single
11.3
0
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, no run, flat and on a good length on off, Babar Azam crouches low and late-cuts it to short third man
11.2
1
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, 2 runs, full one on the pads, whipped away to long-on for a single where Emrit misfields! Horrifying! Just about recovers it inside the boundary, but concedes an extra run
11.1
4
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, FOUR, after an over full of half-trackers, an overcompensation, a full one outside off, Babar Azam got forward and took it on the full to steer that between short third man and backward point for four
10.6
2
Badree to Talat, 2 runs, fuller one, a little more air, Talat shimmies down and slices that with an open bat-face towards deep point for a brace

Badree taking that handkerchief to dry the ball. Lots of dew today...

10.5
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, good length, but flat, no turn, Babar Azam comes down the track, covers the line, and whip-drives it down to long-on for a single
10.4
1
Badree to Talat, 1 run, another flat leg-break on the pads, Talat turns it away off the front-foot towards deep mid-wicket for a single
10.3
0
Badree to Talat, no run, flat and short flipper on middle, Talat hurriedly punches it back to the bowler off the back foot
10.2
4
Badree to Talat, FOUR, shortish and a little slide, Talat crouches down low and whacks that with a cut between short third man and backward point for four!
10.1
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, another one that is too full to be allowed to turn, Babar Azam makes room and drives that inside out to deep extra cover for a single

Off comes Babar's cap!

9.6
1
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, 1 run, half-tracker outside off, Babar Azam gets back and clobbers a pull down to long-on for a single. Good timing, loads of power, but no placement...
9.5
1
Andre McCarthy to Talat, 1 run, a little slower through the air ang outside off, Talat comes down the track and mows that flat over the infield to deep extra cover for a single
9.4
0
Andre McCarthy to Talat, no run, flat one fired in across off again, Talat tries a poke into the off-side, gets an inside edge towards short fine
9.3
0
Andre McCarthy to Talat, no run, fuller and flatter on the stumps, punched back to the bowler
9.2
1
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, 1 run, flat and a little short on the stumps, punched off the back foot to long-on for a single
9.1
0
Andre McCarthy to Babar Azam, no run, another drag-down, Babar Azam cuts it away towards backward point but Jason Mohammed at point dives to his left to save that

Andre McCarthy, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

8.6
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, flat delivery on middle, turn = 0, Babar Azam moves to the on-side, drives it inside out to long-off for a single. These half-volleys don't allow potential beauties to turn!
8.5
2
Badree to Babar Azam, 2 runs, another short-ish skidder angling in on the stumps, and another nudge away off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a brace
8.4
1
Badree to Talat, 1 run, loopy delivery, very full again, Talat steps down the track, takes it on the full, and mows a drive to long-on for a single
8.3
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, skiddy flipper just outside off, Babar Azam steps away and chops it off the under-edge to cover point for a scrambled single
8.2
1
Badree to Talat, 1 run, loads of flight, too full again, on middle, Talat gets to the pitch of it and drives it down to long-off for a single
8.1
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, very full on middle and off, Babar Azam makes some room, steps away, and drives it down to long-off for a single
7.6
1
Mohammed to Babar Azam, 1 run, flat in trajectory, back of a length, angling in towards off, swat-whipped away from the crease for a single towards cow corner (That term certainly doesn't apply to Azam)...
7.5
1
Mohammed to Talat, 1 run, another drag-down outside off, slapped away to sweeper cover off the back foot for a single

Some sightscreen trouble for Talat...

7.4
1
Mohammed to Babar Azam, 1 run, a tad fuller, but Babar can still get on the back foot and whip it away to mid-wicket for a single
7.3
0
Mohammed to Babar Azam, no run, short and wide, cut away, but finds point. Must be livid with himself. That invited some the wrath of a willow, but to no avail
7.2
4
Mohammed to Babar Azam, FOUR, dropped short, gift-wrapped for the batsman, Babar Azam obliges and pounces on it with a pull away to wide long-on for four
7.1
1
Mohammed to Talat, 1 run, skiddy drag-down on off, Talat makes room and carves it away to sweeper cover for a single

Jason Mohammed, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Talat on the back of a 41 and a 63. What has he got in store for us today?

6.6
1
Badree to Talat, 1 run, tossed up and very full on off, Talat makes room and toe-ends a drive to long-off for a single
6.5
4
Badree to Talat, FOUR, leg-break dropped short across the south-paw, Talat gets back, crouches, and carves it away between short third man and backward point for four. Spins away due to the slice towards the third man fence
6.4
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, attempted leg-break, no turn, just outside off, skiddy one, Babar Azam push-drives it to long-off for a single
6.3
1
Badree to Talat, 1 run, on the pads once again, flat in trajectory, nudged away to mid-wicket for a single
6.2
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, dropped short, Babar Azam gets onto the back foot in a jiffy and slaps that to sweeper cover for a single
6.1
1
Badree to Talat, leg byes, 1 run, on the pads, tossed up, a tuck away off the pads towards square leg for a single. A bit of hesitation and an under-arm throw at the non-striker's end by Ramdin. He was gone, if it had it. Not even in the frame

Breathtaking powerplay. Can WI restore normalcy now?

5.6
0
Emrit to Babar Azam, no run, short of length around off, Azam looks to force it off the back foot but to no avail, beaten on the outside edge
5.5
1
Emrit to Talat, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, dabbed with an angled bat to third man
5.4
0
Emrit to Talat, no run, short and around the hips, Talat gloves the glance to short fine leg
5.3
0
Emrit to Talat, no run, short delivery on the stumps, Talat ducks and sways away from the line of the delivery

Hussain Talat, left handed bat, comes to the crease

5.2
0
Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, out Caught by Ramdin!! Windies have their first wicket. But the damage has been done - the required rate has been brought down to 6. The skates are on from Zaman and Emrit shortened his length, the former went for a cross-batted swipe and the outside edge is held by Ramdin. It was a cross-seamer from Emrit and hence the extra bit of bounce. Fakhar Zaman c Ramdin b Emrit 40(17) [4s-6 6s-2]

Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

5.1
4
Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, crunched! He is toying with the field and bowling. Emrit came round the wicket and darted in, Zaman backed away and smashed the drive uppishly past a diving mid-off fielder

Rayad Emrit [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

4.6
0
Badree to Babar Azam, no run, comes down the track and almost yorks himself, clipped to mid-wicket. Tidy start from Badree
4.5
2
Badree to Babar Azam, 2 runs, flatter and on the stumps, nudged into the vast vacant areas on the leg-side to collect two more
4.4
2
Badree to Babar Azam, 2 runs, too straight, on middle and leg, flicked square on the leg-side and the pair come back for the second

Badree is wiping the ball rigorously as there is plenty of dew

4.3
0
Badree to Babar Azam, no run, drifting down and Azam glances it straight to short fine leg. Missed out there
4.2
1
Badree to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, shimmies down and doesn't quite get hold of the loft, all along the ground to long-on
4.1
1
Badree to Babar Azam, 1 run, low dipping full toss and Azam nurdles it backward of square leg

Samuel Badree, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

3.6
4
Odean Smith to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, these two are on fire. 36 runs off the last 12 balls. Pakistan have brought up their fifty in four overs. Full and angled across off, Zaman stands on off-stump and heaves it over mid-wicket for a boundary

Back over the wicket

3.5
6
Odean Smith to Fakhar Zaman, SIX, this is excellent batting. Zaman knows what Windies are trying to do - cramp him for room. What does he do? Stands outside off-stump, the length delivery is right in his arc and he sends it sailing over the long-on fence
3.4
0
Odean Smith to Fakhar Zaman, no run, fuller and around off, Zaman pushes it gently to mid-on

Round the wicket

3.3
1
Odean Smith to Babar Azam, 1 run, now on the pads, flicked wide of mid-wicket and it is a half-stop. Azam wanted two but Zaman also wants a piece of Smith, denies the second
3.2
4
Odean Smith to Babar Azam, FOUR, Smith is not learning. Once more on the shortened length and just outside off, Azam goes on his toes and punches it elegantly past the cover fielder. Looked like a short-arm jab from the young man
3.1
4
Odean Smith to Babar Azam, FOUR, loosener and Azam pockets an easy boundary. Short and outside off, Azam stands tall and cuts it over the infield, the ball plugs slightly but has the legs to beat the chasing fielder

Odean Smith, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

2.6
1
Keemo Paul to Babar Azam, 1 run, not short enough to play the pull and the ball is dragged off the inner portion to deep backward square
2.5
1
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, full toss and Zaman just bunts it into the off-side, happy to take a single
2.4
4
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, this is very ordinary bowling from Paul. He is being taken to the cleaners. Short and outside off, Zaman stands tall and cuts it over the backward point fielder, didn't bother to keep it down at any point in time
2.3
6
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, SIX, mishit and has traveled the distance. He winds up for the big mow through the line, the bat turns on impact and hence the mistime, but the power of Zaman took it comfortably over the long-on fence
2.2
4
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, he's very strong over there - short and wide outside off, not much feet movement as the hands take over to carve it through the packed off-side field. Raced away!
2.1
1
Keemo Paul to Babar Azam, 1 run, good length ball on off, Azam pushes it on the up to the left of mid-on
1.6
0
Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, no run, back of a length on off, defended back to Emrit, who lobs it back on the stumps
1.5
4
Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, crack! That's the sound of the bat making contact with the ball. Advanced down and Emrit greets him with a shortened length, Zaman had the room to free his arms and he murders the pull in front of square, not a muscle moved in the field
1.4
1
Emrit to Babar Azam, 1 run, back of a length close to off, dabbed wide of Ramdin and off go the duo
1.3
4
Emrit to Babar Azam, FOUR, Azam is off the mark. He looked edgy and this should calm his nerves. Short and ample width outside off, Azam cashes in with an elegant cut shot square on the off-side, split the two fielders expertly
1.2
1
Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, short and around off, Zaman had got out pulling in the last game, but this time is nicely on top of the bounce and hits it along the ground to deep square leg
1.1
0
Emrit to Fakhar Zaman, no run, round the wicket and angled into the left-hander, flicked straight to mid-wicket

Rayad Emrit, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Keemo Paul to Babar Azam, no run, good length ball on off, Azam taps it into the off-side and wants a run, sent back. Zaman was quick to send his partner back as Paul was swooping down on the ball
0.5
0
Keemo Paul to Babar Azam, no run, the line switches to outside off and Azam does not get hold of the drive, mistimed to cover. The bat turned on impact and hence foiling the timing
0.4
0
Keemo Paul to Babar Azam, no run, full and on off, Azam wrists it watchfully to mid-on

Back over the wicket

0.3
1
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, on a length and just outside off, Zaman drops it into the off-side and calls Azam through. Good early call and Azam responded as well, stolen easily
0.2
0
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, no run, shortens the length and there is width on offer, Zaman went a bit too hard on the cut and lost his shape. The bottom hand coming off the bat handle and the ball skidding past the under edge
0.1
4
Keemo Paul to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, Zaman and Pakistan are away. Round the wicket and pitched up around off, a small stride from Zaman before he caresses the drive through the gap between extra cover and mid-off

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Keemo Paul will open the attack