In the critical decider of the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan at the National Stadium, Providence, West Indies have set the visitors a below-par target of 234 after they reached when 233 for 9 when their 50 overs expired.
Wicket keeper batsman Shai Hope (71) and Jason Mohammed (59), were the pillars of the total with their steely 101-run fourth wicket partnership after the home side slipped to 68 for 3 in the 19th over.
Hope faced 112 balls, striking one four and two sixes while first match hero Mohammed reached the boundary fives, clearing it twice.
After a 25-minute delay due to a light drizzle, Evin Lewis (16) and Chadwick Walton (19) added 31 for the first wicket before both were back in the hut before the 10th over.
Keiran Powell (23) was just beginning to look assured at the crease when he was outfoxed by a well-flighted Imad Wasim delivery, leaving the West Indies in a spot of bother.
As the overcast conditions cleared, the stands began filling up at snail’s pace but Mohammed and Hope resuscitated the innings progress, but a lack of strike rotation hampered the progress of the team.
At the end of 40 overs, West Indies were 160 for 3, however, precise “death bowling” and the constant fall of wickets limited the late innings impetus as Mohammed Amir (2-40), Shadab Khan (2-58) and Junaid Khan (2-60) kept the home side in-check on a surface good for batting.
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