West Indies set 234 target on 3rd ODI at Providence

West Indies set 234 target on 3rd ODI at Providence

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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