As we knew the home team Pakistan has already won these three ODI series by winning the first two matches. Babar and Imam stood strong once again, Fakhar still struggling for his form. Nawaz was the bowler who gave nothing to the Windies team but took four wickets. Pakistan took the last game and with that, they took an unassailable lead in the series. And they did so convincingly, beating the tourists by 120 runs after making just about a par total in the first innings. Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq were among the runs again, making their sixth consecutive scores of fifty or more, but Mohammad Nawaz was the star of the show. He took career-best figures of 4 for 19, becoming the first Pakistan bowler since Mohammad Hafeez in 2011 to concede fewer than 20 in his full quota of overs in an ODI.
Celebrations all-around at the Multan Cricket Stadium as Pakistan register a 3-0 clean sweep. Hugs and smiles all around for the men in green and why not! They have been as clinical as they can be at home. It’s a real missed opportunity for West Indies tonight, not having enough wickets in the bank despite the target always being gettable. Surely there must be the thoughts as the players shake hands, warmly greeting the opposition. The PSL has ensured that very few of these players are ‘strangers’.
Shadab Khan, player of the match:
“It’s difficult after the injuries because the confidence is down. But it feels good to do well. The talk between Khushdil and me was to take it deep with the power–hitters in the ranks. I bowled better in the first two games but got wickets tonight, thanks to the Almighty. But I will try and do better.”
Imam-ul-Haq, player of the series:
“Feels nice. It’s about the process and I was working hard. Feels special and happy to play with this bunch of players. I haven’t changed much. After 2019 we haven’t played many ODIs and so that takes time. It’s just the confidence of doing well in back-to-back games. (With Babar) It’s been 11 years that we know each other and we know each other’s game. So when there is pressure, we talk a lot and it helps.”