Shadab Khan’s all-rounder performance helped Pakistan in rare whitewashing against West Indies. They won the series 3-0. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Their captain Babar Azam had a rare failure but before that openers Fakhar Zaman (35) and Imam-ul-Haq constructed a good platform with 85 runs partnership for first wicket.
Azam got out quickly but Imam continued his form and completed third consecutive fifty in the series. But he fell after scoring 62 to Nicholas Pooran’s bowling. Pooran took immediately Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Rizwan wickets. He is the man who sent Fakhar Zaman back as well. Pooran took 4 wickets with ball even though he is known for his wicket keeping and batting prowess. This is the first time he bowled full quota 10 overs in an ODI and got wickets.
After Imam-ul-Haq’s departure and Pooran’s heroics with the ball, Pakistan needed one of their lower order batters to come up with a good innings. Second ODI hero Khushdil Shah and Shadab Khan came together to stitch a partnership and stem the flow of wickets.
Shadab and Khushdil scored a decent clip to take the score from 117/5 to 201 and Khushdil got out. Shadab continued to bat with more vigor and scored 86 off 78 balls. Pak ended up with decent 269/9 after match got shortened to 48 overs a side due to rain delay.
West Indies went for batting aggressively and scoring fast but fell regularly to Pak bowlers trying to dominate them. They lost 7 wickets for just 155 runs in 27.3 overs. Akeal Hosein scored 60 off 37 balls and threatened to win the match all by himself like Khushdil. But Shadab got him stumped out and changed the match complexion again.
Shadab Khan ended up with man of the match award for his 86 runs innings and 4/62 bowling performance. West Indies got all out for 216 runs in 37. 2 overs. Had they tried to stitch partnerships, they might have won the game. Pak won it with 53 runs and completed the whitewash with 3-0 score line.