Pakistan rode on brilliant batting by Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman to annihilate West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international in Karachi on Tuesday, to take the three-match series 3-0.
Babar knocked 40-ball 51 with six boundaries while Fakhar cracked 17-ball 40 with three sixes and six boundaries to make short work of West Indies’s 153-6 total they made after winning the toss and batting at National stadium.
Walton scored the first and only fifty of the series for the tourists as he compiled 43-ball 52 with three sixes and four boundaries.
Hussain Talat finished with 31 and Asif Ali 25 not out as Pakistan chased down the target for the loss of two wickets in 16.5 overs.
The 3-0 series win is Pakistan’s third in the shortest format, thus becoming the first team achieve three clean sweeps. They had blanked the West Indies 3-0 in 2016 in UAE and Sri Lanka in UAE and Pakistan.
The series win also consolidate Pakistan’s first position on the ICC rankings chart, four points ahead of Australia who are number two.
West Indies fared better when they batted after winning the toss. They lost opener Chadwick Walton for a duck but then Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels (25-ball 31 with two fours and as many sixes) steadied the innings during their 72 runs stand which came off 56 balls.
Fletcher smashed three sixes and four boundaries before Mohammad Nawaz’s direct throw from mid-on caught him short of the crease. Samuels followed him as he missed a sharp googly from Shadab Khan who also had debutant Andre McCarthy.
West Indies owed the final flurry to Ramdin who cracked 18-ball 42 not out, hitting three sixes and four boundaries. He took 17 in the 19th over bowled by Faheem Ashraf. Ramdin’s flurry of strokes helped West Indies compile 57 in the last five overs.
Pakistan won the first match by 143 runs and the second by 82 runs.
The series is regarded as the biggest step towards reviving international cricket in Pakistan which was suspended in the wake of attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. Pakistan have now hosted 12 limited overs internationals since May 2015.