All-rounder Shadab Khan lit up the Multan Cricket Stadium with his scintillating performance to give Pakistan a dominating 53-run win over West Indies in the final ODI on Sunday (June 12). As a result, Pakistan completed the 3-0 clean sweep that gave them 30 crucial points in the ongoing World Cup Super League.
Batting first, Pakistan got off to a good start, adding 85 for the opening wicket. Imam-ul-Haq continued from where he left in the previous game and smashed a vital half-century. However, West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran, who had never picked a wicket in international cricket prior to this game, turned the tables. Pooran broke the opening stand by cleaning up Fakhar Zaman (35), which also followed a middle-order collapse.
From 85/1, Pakistan were suddenly reduced to 117/5, with skipper Pooran doing the maximum damage. The Trinidadian picked up three more wickets in the form of Imam (62), Mohammad Rizwan (11) and Mohammad Haris (0) to complete his four-fer.
As the things were slipping out of Pakistan’s hands, all-rounder Shadab came to the rescue. The 23-year-old went for the counter attack, smoking 4 fours and 3 sixes in his 78-ball 86 runs knock that propelled the hosts to 269/9 in 48 overs.
Chasing 170, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually got bundled out for just 216, losing the contest by 53 runs. Akeal Hosein stood tall against a quality bowling side but was only a lone warrior. He smashed 60 off 37 deliveries before Shadab dismissed him. The high-quality all-rounder, who shined with the willow, went on to take a four-wicket haul while conceding 62 runs in nine overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 12, 2022
I dedicate this victory to all the fans of Pakistan cricket, especially the Multan crowd. Coming back from injury, gave it all for my team. Thankfully was able to contribute to the win. There is a lot of room for improvement. I will work hard on getting better. #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/bMzPfIZaMP
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) June 12, 2022
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) June 12, 2022
Good series to win, Alhumdulillah.
Not to forget the roaring crowd support of Multan. We loved it! 🥰 pic.twitter.com/y6umkn9QWD
— Shaheen Shah Afridi (@iShaheenAfridi) June 13, 2022
The man of crisis
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) June 12, 2022
We played like one unit throughout the series & everyone contributed to our winning cause. Pakistan Zindabad 🇵🇰✌️ pic.twitter.com/0AL40Fvw2x
— Khushdil Shah (@KhushdilShah_) June 12, 2022
Thank you Multan , you were amazing ❤️
Another series win 🏆 3/0
1 MoM Khusdil/Babar
2 MoM M.Nawaz
3 MoM Shadab Khan
Man of the series Imam
Different match winners on each day .
Well done Babar&co 👏🏻 #PakvWI pic.twitter.com/z3CAAFVm3I
— Muhammad Wasim (@MuhammadWasim77) June 12, 2022
Highest scores at number 7 for Pakistan in ODIs:
109* Abdul Razzaq v S Africa in 2010
89* Sohaib Maqsood v Sri Lanka in 2014
89 Abdul Razzaq v New Zealand in 2004
88 Shahid Afridi v S Africa in 2013
86 Shadab Khan v West Indies today
86 Wasim Akram v Australia in 1990#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) June 12, 2022
— Urooj Mumtaz Khan (@uroojmumtazkhan) June 12, 2022
86 runs and 4 wickets – Shadab Khan is the hero of Pakistan as they won the ODI series 3-0 against West Indies.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 12, 2022