In the most competitive and entertaining match of the series, West Indies closed in on a daunting
target courtesy of Gayle's 11th one-day hundred, only to falter again and suffer a second successive
whitewash, following South Africa's 5-0 clean sweep completed just a week earlier. It was West
Indies' ninth consecutive one-day defeat. Shahid Afridi set the tone for the run-feast, belting 56
off 30 balls, and the rest of Pakistan's batsmen followed his example. The innings lost momentum
in the final ten overs, but, critically, Kamran Akmal smashed the last three deliveries of the innings,
bowled by Bradshaw, for sixes. Gayle and Hinds set West Indies on course before Abdul Razzaq
struck with the first of his four wickets. But it was Gayle's inability to carry on to the very end
that was again crucial. When he was caught at cover in the 46th over, it exposed that vulnerable
tail, and Pakistan swept up.
Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi. Man of the Series: Shahid Afridi.
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