Lower middle order shows struggle as Pakistan completes ODI clean sweep over West Indies

Shadab's career-best 86 from 78 brought Pakistan back to 269-9 after the hosts decided to bat first

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Multan: Pakistan's lower middle-order batting emerge successful from a rigorous test to help the home side win their third 53-run Duckworth-Lewis-Stern One-Day International and the series to sweep the West Indies 3-0 here on Sunday.

In a day when play was suspended for about an hour due to a sandstorm that reduced play to 48 overs a side, Pakistan slipped from an unbeaten 85 in the 17th to a precarious 117 for five in the face of another full crowd 25th over before recovering to post an impressive 269 for nine.
The bowlers then overcame the West Indies counterattack to sack the visitors for 216 in 37.2 overs. Akeal Hosein fought a lone fight, hitting two fours and six sixes in a 37-ball 60 while Keacy Carty had 33 points and Shai Hope and Keemo Paul each contributed 21 runs.
The West Indies entertained a holiday crowd with 15 fours and 10 sixes after Pakistan hit 20 fours and four sixes.
Shadab khan followed his 86 match win by numbers of four for 62, Hasan Ali took two for 29 while Mohammad Nawaz, who won four for 19 on Friday, bagged two for 56. Like Shadab, Nawaz returned to ODI Cricket after recovering from injury.
Mohammad Haris, who previously earned a second-ball duck, kept wickets and made out three batsmen. Similarly, Shahnawaz Dahani, who became the 235th cricketer to represent Pakistan at ODIs, won a wicket in his second over to finish with numbers of 6-0-36-1.