WI white­washed in T20 se­ries

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC): AKISTAN EX­POSED West Indies’ weak­ness to spin bowl­ing and large out­fields by can­ter­ing to a com­fort­able eight-wicket win in their fi­nal match, to com­plete a 3-0 white­wash yes­ter­day.

West Indies lost three front line bats­men to the or­di­nary left-arm spin of Imad Wasim, be­fore stum­bling to 103 for five in their 20 overs at Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium.

Shoaib Ma­lik struck an un­beaten 43 to guide his side to vic­tory with 29 balls re­main­ing.

Debu­tant fast bowler Kes­rick Wil­liams launched his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer by snatch­ing, in one over, the only two Pak­istan wick­ets to fall.

Asked to bat after Pak­istan won the toss, West Indies’ in­nings ca­reened into dis­ar­ray in the third over when Wasim picked up two wick­ets in two balls.

John­son Charles gifted his wicket when he at­tempted a heave over mid­wicket, but missed and lost his mid­dle and leg stumps.

Wasim’s next de­liv­ery kept low enough to hit the toe end of Chad­wick Wal­ton’s bat be­fore crash­ing into the stumps.

PTwo overs later, the World cham­pi­ons plunged to 17 for three when An­dre Fletcher was run out for nine. Fletcher worked a ball to­wards square leg and took off with­out ap­proval from Mar­lon Sa­muels, but Rum­man Raees’ throw was pounced on by Sar­fraz Ahmed, who whipped off the bails.

LOOSE SHOTS

A cou­ple of part­ner­ships in the mid­dle of the in­nings at­tempted to re­pair the dam­aged caused pri­mar­ily by West Indies’ fail­ure to adapt, loose shots and bad run­ning.

Sa­muels and Ni­cholas Pooran stitched to­gether 37 runs for the sixth wicket un­til Pooran at­tempted a shot that would have cleared most grounds, only to be caught by Ma­lik on the deep mid-wicket bound­ary for 16.

Sa­muels and Kieron Pol­lard, ne­go­ti­at­ing spin­ners that were con­stantly at­tack­ing the stumps – in­clud­ing Wasim who fin­ished with three for 21 – then com­piled 37 runs for the sixth wicket.

Sa­muels fin­ished un­beaten on 42 off 59 balls, while Pol­lard, in con­di­tions not favour­ing big hit­ting, ended up not out on 16 off 17 balls with­out hit­ting a bound­ary or clear­ing the ropes.

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