West Indies vs Pakistan 3rd ODI: Malik’s hundred hands Pakistan 2-1 series win

Pakistan pose with the trophy after winning the series 2-1

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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 101 to not only guide his side to a six-wicket win over the West Indies, but also a 2-1 series win.

Electing to bat first, the West Indies lost opener Evin Lewis for 16 before Chadwick Walton and Kieran Powell fell shortly after.

Wicketkeeper Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed steadied the innings with a 101-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

With the West Indies back in contention, Pakistan responded by taking out Mohammed for 59, which came off 64 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

Mohammed made his fourth fifty in ODI cricket

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Hope ended up making 71 off 112 deliveries, which included one boundary and two sixes. But, with none of the other batsmen able to provide much support, the hosts finished on 233/9 off their 50 overs.

Hope’s valiant knock of 71 went in vain

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Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Shadab Khan picked up two wickets apiece, while Hasan Ali and Imad Wasim chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 234 to win, Pakistan got off to the worst possible start as Shannon Gabriel dismissed opener Kamran Akmal on the first ball of the innings.

Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam were unable to have an impact either, and this left the tourists reeling at 36/3.

However, Pakistan managed to claw their way back into the game courtesy of a 113-run partnership between Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.

Hafeez sailed past his fifty during the stand and looked on course to make his hundred, but his hopes of accomplishing the feat were dashed when he was sent packing by Ashley Nurse for 81, which came off 86 balls and included eight boundaries and two sixes.

Hafeez scored his 31st ODI fifty

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Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed finished things off with an 87-run partnership as Pakistan won the match with 41 balls to spare.

Malik ended up making 101 not out, which came off 111 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and two sixes, while Sarfraz remained undefeated on 24.

Malik scored his ninth ODI century

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Gabriel was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Nurse and captain Jason Holder claimed one wicket each.

Malik was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series.

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