Pakistan complete T20 series whitewash over West Indies


Pakistani cricketers with the trophy after beating West Indies. (AFP Photo)

KARACHI, April 4: Pakistan produced another imperious performance to beat the West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international in Karachi on Tuesday, completing a 3-0 clean sweep of the series.
The West Indies fared better with the bat compared with the first two matches, reaching 153-6 in their 20 overs after winning the toss. Opener Andre Fletcher scored a 43-ball 52 — his team’s only half-century on this tour.
It was not enough, however, as Pakistan got to the total comfortably, with opener Babar Azam scoring a rapid 40-ball 51.
The hosts raced to 61 in the sixth over with left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman smashing two sixes and six boundaries in his 17-ball 40.
He miscued a drive off Rayad Emrit and was caught behind, but Azam and Hussain Talat continued Pakistan’s domination with a 52-run stand.
Talat finished with 31, and Asif Ali scored 25 not out as Pakistan chased down the target in 16.5 overs.
“When I first took over the captaincy, (coach) Mickey Arthur told me that we should become consistent. We are giving the boys a consistent run in the team and so we are flourishing,” said Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
He also thanked the fans in Karachi, his home city. (AFP)