Pakistan produced another imperious performance to beat the West Indies by eight wickets in the third and final Twenty20 international in Karachi on Tuesday, completing a 3-0 clean sweep of the series.
The West Indies fared better with the bat compared with the first two matches, reaching 153-6 in their 20 overs after winning the toss. Opener Andre Fletcher scored a 43-ball 52 his team’s only half-century on this tour.
It was not enough, however, as Pakistan got to the total comfortably, with opener Babar Azam scoring a rapid 40-ball 51.
The hosts raced to 61 in the sixth over with left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman smashing two sixes and six boundaries in his 17-ball 40.
He miscued a drive off Rayad Emrit and was caught behind, but Azam and Hussain Talat continued Pakistan’s domination with a 52-run stand.
Earlier, Fletcher added an invaluable 72 runs for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels who scored a 25-ball 31 with two sixes and as many boundaries.
Denesh Ramdin cracked a fiery 18-ball 42 not out with four boundaries and three sixes – two in the last over from Usman Shinwari as the West Indies scored 57 in the last five overs.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan finished with 2-27 while Mohammad Nawaz, Shinwari and Faheem Ashraf took a wicket each.
Two players made their T20 debuts on Tuesday — teenage paceman Shaheen Afridi for Pakistan and Andre McCarthy for the West Indies.
Pakistan won the first match by 143 runs and the second by 82 runs. Karachi hosted all three T20s, the first international matches in the city in nine years.
The series is the latest in a number of steps taken recently to help revive international cricket in Pakistan, which was suspended for years after a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.
The victory on Tuesday also strengthened Pakistan’s position at the top of the world T20 rankings, with a four-point lead over second-placed Australia.
Since Sarfraz Ahmed took over as skipper in September 2016, Pakistan have notched up series wins over England, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and a World XI side.
The 19-year-old was fined 20 per cent of his match fee and handed one demerit point following a “send off” signal after dismissing West Indian opener Chadwick Walton in the second Twenty20 international in Karachi on Monday.
“The Pakistan wrist spinner was found to have violated article 2.1.7 of the code, which relates to ‘using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his dismissal during an international match’,” the ICC said in a statement.
The incident happened in the ninth over of the Windies’ innings “when Shadab, after dismissing Walton, pointed his finger at the departing batsman and also made an inappropriate comment.
Pakistan's Shadab Khan has been given one demerit point and fined 20% of his match fee for a send off given to Chadwick Walton in yesterday's 2nd #PAKvWI T20I in Karachi.https://t.co/vbrVsl2Y6o pic.twitter.com/qkdIylAcWd— ICC (@ICC) April 3, 2018
“After the match, Shadab admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by David Boon, the ICC match referee, and as such there was no need for a formal hearing.”
Shadab took 2-23 in the match which Pakistan won by 82 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The last fixture is also in Karachi on Tuesday.
Shadab has played one Test, 17 one-dayers and 15 Twenty20 internationals since making his debut last year.
Opener Babar Azam missed a maiden hundred by three runs as Pakistan trounced the West Indies by 82 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Karachi on Monday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Babar cracked 13 fours and a six in his 58-ball innings, reaching 97 not out to guide Pakistan to their highest-ever T20 total of 205-3 in 20 overs after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first at the National Stadium.
Paceman Mohammad Amir took 3-22 as the West Indies were dismissed for 123 in 19.2 overs, faring much better than their 60 all out in the first match which they lost by 143 runs – the second-biggest margin of defeat in T20 internationals.
The third match is on Tuesday, also in Karachi.
The West Indies showed more resistance on Monday as Chadwick Walton hit two sixes and four boundaries during his 29-ball 40 and added 39 for the second wicket with the experienced Marlon Samuels who made 12.
But leg spinner Shadab Khan (2-23) dismissed both in the space of seven runs to check the West Indian chase before Hussain Talat mopped up the tail with 2-12 in just 1.2 overs.
Earlier, Babar set Pakistan on course for a fourth successive 180-plus total – the first team to achieve the feat in T20s.
The opener put on 119 for the second wicket with Talat, who notched a 41-ball 63 with eight boundaries and a six.
Pakistan lost opener Fakhar Zaman for six but Babar and Talat batted solidly as the West Indies bowlers struggled again.
Asif Ali fell for 14 but Pakistan plundered 61 runs in the last five overs, with Shoaib Malik smashing two boundaries and a six in his seven-ball 17 not out.
Babar failed to reach his century, ending the innings three short of becoming only the second Pakistani batsman after Ahmed Shehzad to score a T20 hundred.
Shehzad achieved the feat against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2014.