Dis­grace­ful Windies sur­ren­der again

... Suf­fer yet an­other white­wash on Pak­istan tour af­ter ODI ham­mer­ing

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): WEST INDIES were in full­blown cri­sis yes­ter­day af­ter Babar Azam slammed a record third suc­ces­sive One-Day In­ter­na­tional 100 to con­demn them to a 136run de­feat as Pak­istan pulled off an em­phatic 3-0 se­ries white­wash and sent the Caribbean side tum­bling to num­ber nine in the in­ter­na­tional rank­ings.

The 21-year-old right-han­der carved out 117 off 106 balls, while cap­tain and opener Azhar Ali stroked 101 from 109 de­liv­er­ies, two in­nings that pow­ered Pak­istan to 308 for six in the third and fi­nal ODI at the Sheikh Stayed Sta­dium – the first time in three years Pak­istan sur­passed 300 twice in a se­ries.

In the process, Babar be­came only the sec­ond bats­man af­ter South African Quin­ton de Kock to hit cen­turies in each game of a three-match ODI se­ries and the third Pak­istan player to score three suc­ces­sive ODI hun­dreds af­ter Za­heer Ab­bas and Saeed An­war.

Not for the first time in the se­ries, a lack­lus­tre West Indies never rose to the chal­lenge and crum­bled for an em­bar­rass­ing 172 all out off 44 overs.

Wick­et­keeper De­nesh Ramdin

top-scored with a painstak­ing 37 off 70 de­liv­er­ies, while opener Kraigg Brath­waite got 32 from 44 balls, and cap­tain Ja­son Holder, 26 from 25 balls.

They were 75 for one in the 18th over, but with the re­quired run rate al­ready build­ing to­wards seven per over, no one stepped up to pro­duce the in­nings needed, and the last nine wick­ets crashed for 97 runs.

West Indies have now lost ev­ery game of the tour fol­low­ing on from their 3-0 white­wash in the pre­ced­ing Twenty20

se­ries, leav­ing their tour in tur­moil ahead of the three-match Test se­ries start­ing later this month.

The de­feat also saw them slip out of the top eight in the ODI rank­ings, with Pak­istan re­plac­ing them.

Opt­ing to bat first, Pak­istan ben­e­fit­ted from an 85-run open­ing stand be­tween Shar­jeel Khan and Azhar, who fi­nally found the form he craved to lash his third ODI hun­dred.

Azhar struck eight fours and a six in a lively knock, while the en­ter­pris­ing left-handed Shar­jeel gath­ered 38 from 41 de­liv­er­ies with five bound­aries.

Once Shar­jeel holed out in the deep in the 15th over off lef­t­arm spin­ner Sulie­man Benn, Azhar and Babar took the game by the scruff of its neck in a de­mor­al­is­ing 147-run sec­ond­wicket stand.

Azhar reached his half-cen­tury off 61 de­liv­er­ies in the 20th over with a sin­gle to mid-wicket off off-spin­ner Su­nil Narine and then re­quired an­other 46 balls to raise three fig­ures in the 38th over.

Babar, mean­while, with knocks of 120 and 123 in the first two games in Shar­jah, ex­tended his su­perb nick, rac­ing to his first 50 off 48 de­liv­er­ies be­fore reach­ing his cen­tury off 95 balls in the 44th over.

Azhar was even­tu­ally bowled by Holder in the 39th over, miss­ing a swing at a slower ball, and Babar fol­lowed in the 46th over, bowled by a full-length de­liv­ery from slow medium Kieron Pol­lard as he failed to con­nect with an im­pro­vised stroke.

In re­ply, West Indies at no stage looked the part. Brath­waite and debu­tant Evin Lewis put on 45 off 56 balls for the first wicket but nei­ther re­ally threat­ened.

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West Indies’ ODI cap­tain Ja­son Holder

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