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Struggling Windies suffer whitewash

Struggling Windies suffer whitewash
West Indies captain and very occasional bowler Nicholas Pooran roars after taking one of his four wickets against Pakistan in the third One-day International yesterday in Multan. (GP)

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MULTAN – Captain Nicholas Pooran and Akeal Hosein excelled in unfamiliar roles but neither could save West Indies from a 53-run defeat in the final One-Day International and yet another whitewash to Pakistan, yesterday.

Hoping to avoid the ignominy of a second straight clean sweep on Pakistani soil following a similar fate last December in Karachi, West Indies managed to restrict Pakistan to 269 off nine in a contest reduced to 48 overs due to a dust storm which halted the hosts’ innings after 33 overs.

Pooran, more known for his attacking stroke-play, twirled his previously unrenowned off-breaks to pick up four for 48 and spearhead his side’s attack while fast bowling all-rounder Keemo Paul claimed two for 57 in his first appearance of the series.

As a consequence of Pooran’s 10-over magic spell – he had previously bowled only three balls in international cricket – Pakistan found themselves floundering at 117 for five in the 25th over but Man-of-the-Match Shadab Khan bailed the innings out with a counter-attacking 86 off 78 deliveries. (CMC)

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