Middle-order batsman Shai Hope played a desperate and possibly a match-saving innings of 71, as West Indies finished their innings on an average total of 233 for 9 wickets against Pakistan in the third and final One-Day International (ODI), at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday. Apart from Hope, it was also Jason Mohammed, who was the star in the first ODI, scored a strong 59 to allow West Indies even get past the 200-run mark. As for Pakistan, bowlers in the form of Mohammad Aamer, Junaid Khan and Shadab Khan claimed a couple of wickets each. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd ODI at Guyana
Earlier, West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat first on a slow Guyana track, unlike the last two games, where he elected to bowl first and faced both the results. He made a change in the form of Veerasammy Permaul, who makes his way in for Alzarri Joseph. As for Pakistan, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed fielded an unchanged squad from the 2nd ODI. West Indies were off to a slow start, with opener Evin Lewis and Chadwick Walton contributing to the opening 31 runs. Lewis was the first to fall in the eighth over to Junaid Khan for mere 16.
Just nine runs later, he was followed by his fellow opener Walton, who fell for just 19 to Hasan Ali the very next over. The new pair of Kieran Powell and Hope contributed 28 more runs. A total of 44 runs were scored in the opening 10 overs, while they brought up their 50 within 13 overs. Nevertheless, the slow and shaky start continued as Kieran fell for 23 to Imad Wasim after being stumped in the 19th over. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd ODI at Guyana
Nonetheless, it was followed by a much needed 101-run stand between the Hope and start of the first ODI Mohammed. The pair brought up West Indies’s 100 within 30 overs. Meanwhile, during the stand, Hope survived a close leg-before call, which was turned down by the umpire. Pakistan opted for the review, but he was safe by miles. The pair also helped to get West Indies to 150 within 38 overs, before Mohammed fell for 59 to Junaid in the 41st over, as the score read 169 for 4. Mohammed’s innings included five boundaries and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 92.
With Mohammed’s dismissal, the steady partnership also came to an end, as Hope had contributed 41, while Mohammed had contributed his 59 in the stand. Before the stand was broken, Hope too had completed his maiden ODI half-century. Nevertheless, it was 23 runs later, when incoming batsman Jonathan Carter fell for mere 11 to Shadab, after being bowled up by him in the 44th over, as his poor form continued.
As West Indies went past the 200-run mark within the 45th over, it was Hope, who fell for a healthy 71 to Shadab in the 46th over at the score of 211. The wickets began to tumble fast from hereon, as just eight runs later, it was Holder, who fell for mere 12 to Aamer in the 48th over. At the score of 231, it was Verasammy Permaul, who fell for just eight to the same man in the final over, while just three runs later, he was followed by Devendra Bishoo off an unfortunate run out for an unfortunate duck, as Pakistan finished on an average total of 233 for the loss of nine wickets.
West Indies: 233 for 9 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 71, Jason Mohammed 59; Mohamamd Aamer 2 for 41, Shadab Khan 2 for 57) vs Pakistan.