Match Over - Pakistan won by 8 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: West Indies, who chose to bat
  • Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
  • Referee: DC Boon
  • When: 03 Apr 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Pakistan
  • Man of the Match: Fakhar Zaman

Umpires

  • Umpire1: Ahsan Raza
  • Umpire2: Aleem Dar
  • Third Umpire: Shozab Raza

154/2

 

Overs: 16.5 / 20.0

Pakistan

153/6

 

Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

West Indies

11.25pm And as Sarfraz Ahmed lifts the trophy, it's time for us to bid goodbye. What an excellent three days of cricket we had, and Pakistan deserve all the credit for the 3-0 win. They did not give West Indies a single chance to have a sniff in this series, and are deserved champions. We hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of this series. We'll see you soon with more international cricket. For now, it's Sreshth Shah, signing off. Adios!

Tahseeb: "By going through all the comments, i realised that Cricinfo is the platform where we can see the True Love and respect of Indian and Pakistani people against each other.. Completely different from what we see on Media... #Pakistan India # CricketRevival "

11.20pm Time for the West Indies players to take their runner-up medals. And then the Pakistan boys take their winners' medals.

Sarfraz has a few words. He says: "About consistency, when I first took over the captaincy, Mickey Arthur told me that we should become consistent. We are giving the boys a consistent run in the team and so we are flourising. Babar, Hasan, Shadab, Fakhar, they've all had a long run so we're getting better. We knew we had won the series, but we still wanted the win today. We are fully trying to always play our best cricket. Yes, this team is ready for the tour abroad. The way the public is backing these boys, so if we get the same support, so we can beat even the best of teams. Our team environment is great - Hasan, Amir, Shahzad didn't play today, but we were confident in our back-up players who started today. Karachi has won the hearts of the whole country today. I thought people wouldn't come today because of the dead rubber, but today they surprised me the most. Credit also goes to the curator for three great tracks and also thank you to the security staff. Finally, I want to say that lot of people are hurt with no cricket in Pakistan, but we will try our best to have more cricket in this country. Thank you everyone. The people here have made our day today."

Jason Mohammed says. "Today wasn't good enough again, but happier to play a decent game. There were lots of youngsters in our squad, including myself. The Karachi crowd was excellent."

11.10pm Finally, time for the presentation. Najam Sethi will first address the crowd. He says, "Karachi walon, we are grateful to you. We love you! The way you have shared these three days with us, you have shown the whole world how much love and discipline you have. I salute you all. I would also like to thank the West Indies team - thank you, thank you, thank you."

Najam continues, "well done, team Pakistan. You are really the world champions. I would also like to thank the Karachi administration and the security staff, without whom this series would not be possible. And finally, inshallah, this stadium will be fully ready for top-level cricket. Karachi and Lahore will be Pakistan's premier cities for cricket once again. You have been truly wonderful."

Fakhar Zaman is the Man of the Match. "I try my best, and the plan with captain and coach is to do whatever I'm best at - so happy that today my innings came off," Fakhar says. "During the first game, I felt good to bat, but I got run out. In the last match I realised how often I get run out. Working hard in the nets so that I can play cricket for long. Now that I've played International cricket at home, I know I haven't played anywhere better before. We youngsters also are a good group together, so we enjoy."

Babar Azam is the Man of the Series for his 166 runs across three games. He poses on a bike before having a chat. He says: "Whatever I had planned for this series, I wanted to be Man of the Series, and Allah has completed that wish. Seniors like Shoaib bhai help me a lot in dealing with situations during the game."

Ahsan Javed: "If i would have been sarfraz, i'll take the trophy but then gifted to w.indies captain. They deserve it. Windies fought in those circumstances in which no other team has such courage, "

Praveen Sharma: "Congrats Pak team and wishing the best for future cricket. Like in any country, you guys are great fans and deserve more cricket. Hope sense prevails and we get to see India Pak rivalry on field rather than somewhere else. "

Attaullah Aziz: "I am reading these comments and my eyes are wet .... think about the emotions back home. I say big big and big thanks to WI team and espn cric info staff as well for making it so much interesting ... Love you all from core of my heRt"

Abid: "ICC must engage the Caribbean Islands with more cricketing activity. The mighty West Indies have provided such grace and joy to the cricket fans over the past decades. There has to be better talent. Otherwise Calypso music is dying from the cricket stands."

11pm We're still waiting for the presentation. A few minutes, I hear.

Adi Gujjar: "Remember the name carlos braithwate in Final vs Eng, Remember the name Sammy in PSL match and now remeber the West Indies Team for come to PAK, Always remember WestIndies <3 "

yaseen: "H. Talat's interview made me emotional... i never myself had the pleasure to see India play any match in Pakistan.. would give anything to witness that!" -- Yep, he did speak from the heart. Loved it myself too.

Ahmad: "RECORD ALERT: "Pakistan are the first team to score 180+ in 4 consecutive innings in T20Is""

Saad khan: "@Sreshth for the president. Is there any award for best commentator for the year? I would vote you a hundred times using 100 different email addresses, coz u deserve it man, " -- Thank you, Saad. Glad you enjoyed the last three days. All you fans make it worth it.

Rahul Vaswani: "I love this Pakistan team, so much so that I don't even think I can cheer for India when they play against them . Hope its sometime soon and in front of Indian or Pakistani crowds"

Hussain Talat: "I want to thank those people who have supported me to play cricket. I've been noticing Pakistan players coming and going, so I wanted to make my time here count. My time at PSL and Islamabad United helped. I want to mention that earlier England and India would come to Pakistan when I was younger. I used to watch those games tucked inside my blanket, so it feels great to play cricket in Pakistan. Sometimes when I'm in the hotel room, I think to myself, 'How did I make it here?!' My bowling has also improved, I've been working on the slower balls. I've batted at No. 7 as well as opened, so whatever the team's benefit, I will play in that position."

10.55pm Cricket returned to Karachi after nine years and the fans at home would've enjoyed their team's performance. Pakistan stay perched safely at the top as the world's best T20I side. The boys are still completing their victory lap, mind you. This crowd wants more! More reactions and post-match presentation coming up soon.

10.53pm The gulf between the two sides were just too much. West Indies would like to forget this tour as quickly as they can, but for the hosts - it's been a memorable three days. They're now doing a victory lap.

Mubashir: "West Indies may have lost the series but they have won the hearts of the millions of Pakistanis. Thank you. We will remember this"

Badri Venkatara: "People should really stop crying about this Windies team being a weak one - this is bigger than just a Pak vs WI game, althogh some competition would have been welcome! WI really needs to look deep into the kind of bench strength they have."

Faisal : "It's been an emotional and entertaining series much to the delight of the whole of Pakistan..but the real victors are still the WESTINDIES!!! Thank you once again for coming to Pakistan.."

Wajid Jawaid: "West Indies.. Thank you"

10.44pm What a terrific picture. The two series debutants, Talat and Asif, hug it out in the middle after the winning runs were hit. Celebrations in the Pakistan camp too as the teams begin to shake hands. It's official, Pakistan have whitewashed West Indies.

16.5KMA Paul to Hussain Talat, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short on leg, and that's been pulled by Talat! Hit past the square-leg umpire and the ball crashes into the boundary. Pakistan win by eight wickets!.
16.4KMA Paul to Hussain Talat, No run, full on off stump, takes a step in front and defends towards point.

Hamz: "It is unbelievable how many times the mention of winning against a weakened WI side has come up. Unsurprisingly though, it has mostly been from across the boarder. Pak can only play what is put in front of them and they've done so in a clinical fashion. Enough with downplaying the performance. These games are bigger than just the 11 vs 11 that are playing. I don't know why people can't understand that"

16.3KMA Paul to Asif Ali, 1 run, slower ball, full on off stump. Tapped with the bat's open face towards point. They scamper across for a quick run.
16.2KMA Paul to Asif Ali, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, short on middle, and pulled once again! Much better this time, and also much squarer. Smacked into the stands.
16.1KMA Paul to Asif Ali, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short on middle, and pulled emphatically behind square! Over square leg, and fine leg has no chance to pull it back. Terrific shot.
End of over 16. 7 runs this over. 139/2 after 96 balls.
Hussain Talat 27 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) RR Emrit 4-0-24-1
Asif Ali 14 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Awais: "@nisarag. Thanks for your much awaited praise.. Be it be Windies A or C team,the point is the passion and love which Pakistani fans have shown is incredible. And we challenge all other nations to come here and sustain against this young bunch of talents"

Sohaib: "Rameez Raja's commentary is a lot more entertaining than any T20. His ability to pulverise the English language is greater than Fakhar's ability to hit sixes. If he wasn't commentating I wouldn't even watch the match."

Russell: "Can we stop comparing apples and oranges. Consider these games an incentives to other countries to send their team to play in Pakistan. "

Arslan Satti: "Someone asked for negative about Pak teams, here you go: I have no idea why Asif Ali got selected, 3 sixes in final you say? yes but nothing else he had done in his domestic, Only below par average with mediocre strike rate. "

End of over 15. 10 runs this over. 130/2 after 89 balls.
Asif Ali 7 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) OF Smith 3-0-36-1
Hussain Talat 26 (24b 2x4 0x6 ) more

"By the way, what about irfan Pathan being compared with great wasim akram..:)" -- Well played, Awais.

Faisal : "Not taking anything away from this Pakistani team..theyve been utterly brilliant..i just think this group of young guns needs some stiffer competition..that will mould them into a much stronger unit and bolden their confidence!"

End of over 14. 6 runs this over. 120/2 after 84 balls.
Asif Ali 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) RR Emrit 3-0-17-1
Hussain Talat 22 (21b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Amjad: "@bilal: Umar Akmal 'was' a talented young batsman, full of attitude whether on the field or off, and he did not capitalise on the numerous opportunities which were offered to him. Even if you leave his off the field 'fame' aside, his on field problems including fitness and careless batting lead to many disasters. I don't think any praise for anyone should be shunned just because of 'oh look at U Akmal'. " -- Strong words there, Amjad

Syed Mohsin: "I liked and supported the idea of opening with Babar before this series. Unfortunately we haven't been lucky with openers but in the current setup we do have some good middle order players in Talat, Harris, Safi, Malik plus Imad, Nawaz, Faheem, Shadab as decent all-rounders"

Talal Khan: "@ bilal - We haven't done anything to Umar Akmal. Whatever is done on his career is his own doing."

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 114/2 after 78 balls.
Asif Ali 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) OF Smith 2-0-26-1
Hussain Talat 21 (20b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Syed: "Looks like comment don't get posted unless you post positive about Pakistan team !!!! biased " -- Oh no, that's not true at all. There isn't much that Pakistan have done wrong today that they can be criticised for. My eyes are always looking out for a balanced conversation, so don't you worry, Syed!

Amjad: "Wow! Babar under estimated his own timing on that flick. "

End of over 12. 9 runs this over. 107/1 after 72 balls.
Babar Azam 46 (36b 5x4 0x6 ) AM McCarthy 2-0-12-0
Hussain Talat 20 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 9 runs this over. 98/1 after 66 balls.
Hussain Talat 19 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) S Badree 4-0-30-0
Babar Azam 38 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 3 runs this over. 89/1 after 60 balls.
Babar Azam 36 (29b 4x4 0x6 ) AM McCarthy 1-0-3-0
Hussain Talat 12 (14b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 7 runs this over. 86/1 after 54 balls.
Babar Azam 34 (26b 4x4 0x6 ) S Badree 3-0-21-0
Hussain Talat 11 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Talha: "Everyone is complaining about the logistics and the cricket WI has played over the last 3 games. But people have to look at the big picture. Before this series, the last international game in Karachi was 9 years ago. NINE YEARS AGO. That's a lot of time. Teams and sports disintegrate in that time frame. It is a sporting story that Pakistan is still able to compete despite not able to play at home. (Before someone comments, no UAE Is not a home series)."

End of over 8. 8 runs this over. 79/1 after 48 balls.
Babar Azam 29 (22b 4x4 0x6 ) JN Mohammed 1-0-8-0
Hussain Talat 9 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Sajid Shah: "Never in my 30 years of life saw a Pakistan team with so much depth in their batting. Shadab, very handy with the bat, is coming in at No. 9 here. I think the same squad can be shifted to the ODI format as well. Thank you PSL! "

End of over 7. 9 runs this over. 71/1 after 42 balls.
Hussain Talat 7 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) S Badree 2-0-14-0
Babar Azam 23 (18b 3x4 0x6 ) more

S: "The contenders for Man of the Series are batting right now. Who do you think deserves it more? My choice is Talat."

End of over 6. 5 runs this over. 62/1 after 36 balls.
Babar Azam 21 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) RR Emrit 2-0-15-1
Hussain Talat 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 57/0 after 30 balls.
Babar Azam 21 (15b 3x4 0x6 ) S Badree 1-0-6-0
Fakhar Zaman 36 (15b 5x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 4. 19 runs this over. 51/0 after 24 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 35 (14b 5x4 2x6 ) OF Smith 1-0-19-0
Babar Azam 16 (10b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Nadeem: "Are they planning to finish in 10 overs? "

Kapil: "Filth. That was a really poor over. Short wide and she really thoughtless bowling. Why not a Yorker? Or a really quick bouncer? Where's the captain? Ohh.. he is here for a formality"

End of over 3. 17 runs this over. 32/0 after 18 balls.
Babar Azam 7 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) KMA Paul 2-0-22-0
Fakhar Zaman 25 (11b 4x4 1x6 ) more

Shubham dhama : "@Syed no man, I just want fakhar to be the MoM. He is my fantasy captain "

End of over 2. 10 runs this over. 15/0 after 12 balls.
Fakhar Zaman 10 (7b 2x4 0x6 ) RR Emrit 1-0-10-0
Babar Azam 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1. 5 runs this over. 5/0 after 6 balls.
Babar Azam 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) KMA Paul 1-0-5-0
Fakhar Zaman 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) more
BattingRMB4S6SSR
Fakhar ZamanC D Ramdin B RR Emrit401762235.29
Babar AzamC CAK Walton B OF Smith514060127.5
Hussain Talatnot out 312830110.71
Asif Alinot out 251621156.25
Shoaib Malik -
Sarfraz Ahmed -
Faheem Ashraf -
Mohammad Nawaz -
Shadab Khan -
Shaheen Shah Afridi -
Usman Khan -
Total 154/2
BowlingOMRWECON
KMA Paul2.5037013.06
RR Emrit4.002416
OF Smith3.0038112.67
S Badree4.003007.5
JN Mohammed1.00808
AM McCarthy2.001206