Friday, April 19, 2024

Struggling Windies suffer whitewash

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MULTAN – Captain Nicholas Pooran and Akeal Hosein excelled in unfamiliar roles but neither could save West Indies from a 53-run defeat in the final One-Day International and yet another whitewash to Pakistan, yesterday.

Hoping to avoid the ignominy of a second straight clean sweep on Pakistani soil following a similar fate last December in Karachi, West Indies managed to restrict Pakistan to 269 off nine in a contest reduced to 48 overs due to a dust storm which halted the hosts’ innings after 33 overs.

Pooran, more known for his attacking stroke-play, twirled his previously unrenowned off-breaks to pick up four for 48 and spearhead his side’s attack while fast bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul claimed two for 57 in his first appearance of the series.

As a consequence of Pooran’s 10-over magic spell – he had previously bowled only three balls in international cricket – Pakistan found themselves floundering at 117 for five in the 25th over but Man-of-the-Match Shadab Khan bailed the innings out with a counter-attacking 86 off 78 deliveries. (CMC)

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