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RESULT
3rd T20I (N), Karachi, December 16, 2021, West Indies tour of Pakistan
(18.5/20 ov) 208/3

Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
87 (45)
mohammad-rizwan
Player Of The Series
203 runs
mohammad-rizwan
Match centre 
Scores: Binoy George
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Scorecard summary
West Indies 207/3(20 overs)
Pakistan 208/3(18.5 overs)

On that note, time to wish both Pakistan fans and West Indies fans the season's greetings. Hope you all enjoyed the series. We'll join you for more cricket in 2022, but before that, we wish you all a lovely end to 2021. Stay safe from the virus, get vaccinated and keep smiling! On behalf of Binoy and Hemant, this is Sreshth saying ta-da!

With Rizwan also named the Player of the Series, it is now time for the trophy celebration. Dahani is given the trophy since he is the most inexperienced member of the squad. Wasim sits next to him with the trophy and the squad smiles for a photo. Smiles all around - a wonderful way for Pakistan to end their year, even though it ended abruptly. Remember, the ODI series has been postponed to June 2022 because of the Covid outbreak in the West Indies squad.

9.54pm Time for the presentation.

Babar Azam, Pakistan captain: "Our plan was that we had to play according to the situation. Rizwan and I thought of going till the end and keep managing the run rate. The way the bowlers put an effort - Wasim, Shaheen, Haris, Dahani, Hasnain - overall it was a team effort. Our bench strength got a good workout too. A great sign for me as a captain. We all know runs keep going more in T20I cricket, and the way we are scoring is the best thing for us. The way Rizwan has played through 2021, the way he has improved his batting, the way he has made us win games.... I think there's a lot for youngsters to learn from there."

Mohammad Rizwan is the Player of the Match for his 87. He says, "Chasing 200+ is a big target, but we thought that the way they batted with aggression, we had to do the same too. Our coach told us that we need to clear the circle. Thanking Allah for the 2000+ runs this year. I go match by match when I play. I have worked on my pull because you need to pick the length. I am now trying to improve on the off side.

Nicholas Pooran, West Indies captain: "I felt that the last two overs, we definitely lost momentum. Pakistan bowled well in the back end. We were 20 runs short on this wicket. Very tough to prepare with the virus. Most of the guys did not sleep last night, so I am very proud of the way they have played. We went from strength to strength every game. Its a special team, a special bunch of guys. We competed throughout the series."

Ameer Hamza: "A perfect game of T20 batting from both sides. isn't it? " -- West Indies were probably 20 runs short, I guess. Wasim and Dahani bowled two top overs in the 19th and the 20th.

Rashid: "I'm signing off with a bow to cric info for providing fans a fabulous commentary. Thanks cricinfo. A huge thanks to WI too for touring Pakistan. God bless always and good night from Japan "

9.45pm Stick around for the presentation. And reactions.

Noor: "Regardless of the result, WI is the real winner. "

Sumail Hussain: "Pakistan shows what can it do at home. It has been missing home advantage for long time. Other teams should come here"

Fiaz: "Huge winners of the HEART WI - Well done young WI lions!!"

9.40pm If you were at the ground today, you would've had a blast. West Indies entertained with their batting courtesy King, Brooks and Pooran. Dahani impressed in his second T20I. Babar oozed class. Rizwan gave us a reminder that he is the king of 2021. And finally Asif Ali's entertaining cameo. It's a 3-0 win for Pakistan, but its been a valiant effort today with a depleted squad from West Indies.

The teams congratulate each other on the effort - Pakistan will be delighted that West Indies graced their shores in a year that has been difficult for them in terms of home tours. The crowd and all Pakistan fans will also acknowledge West Indies for coming over. A reminder: this was Pakistan's 20th T20I win of the year.

Karim: "Define a "High impact" innings with specified runs to balls ratios. Track those innings im T20s for batsmen, just like we track 50s and 100s. We need to find a better way to mainstream stats that quantify the impact made by batsmen playing lower down the order"

Muhammad Shahba: "Dhani POM, Rizwan POS- Sorted "

Alber Soomro: "So, M. Rizwan signs off 2021 T20's as only batter to score 2000 runs in T20's, only batter to score 1000 in T20I "

Farra: "Being a pedant but I think it wasn't a drop on the last ball as it was a free hit" -- You're not wrong. But neither are we! Haha.

18.5
1
Shepherd to Asif Ali, 1 run

Pakistan complete their highest ever T20I chase! Full on middle, and Asif goes for the glory shot. Looks to cream a six over long on but its sliced in the air. Powell runs in to catch but its dropped. Pakistan win by seven wickets

18.5
5nb
Shepherd to Asif Ali, (no ball) FOUR runs

waist-high full toss around leg stump. Asif swivels, and swipes it off his chest region for four behind square on the leg side. Salt on wound.... no ball for height

18.4
Shepherd to Asif Ali, no run

back of a length, on leg stump. Ducks under it

18.3
6
Shepherd to Asif Ali, SIX runs

strike-rate of 400 now from Asif. Full on middle, and he clears the front leg before clobbering a six over deep midwicket. It made such a beautiful sound off the bat, like an ustad playing the tabla

Aaza : "@Qasim it's POM now, not MOM "

18.2
1
Shepherd to Iftikhar, 1 run

comes around the stumps. Yorker length on leg stump, and clipped to deep backward square leg

Iftikhar.

18.1
W
Shepherd to Zaman, OUT

taken at long on! Full toss outside off, and Fakhar tries to hammer it for six. But its off the bat's bottom half, and easy catch on the boundary line

Fakhar Zaman c Brooks b Shepherd 12 (23m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150

Qasim: "So who should be the MOM? Dahani or Rizwan?" -- On this surface, probably Dahani? But I feel Rizwan will get it

end of over 1813 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 195/2CRR: 10.83 RRR: 6.50 • Need 13 from 12b
Asif Ali10 (3)
Fakhar Zaman12 (7)
Dominic Drakes 4-0-37-1
Romario Shepherd 3-0-40-0

SM: "What a shot that was from Asif. Hitting a six on off side with such ease."

17.6
6
Drakes to Asif Ali, SIX runs

oh my! Such strong wrists. Length ball on off, and angling across. Asif just nonchalantly meets it in front of his body, and clatters it over cover for half a dozen!

17.5
4
Drakes to Asif Ali, FOUR runs

much to the crowd's relief! Back of a length, on leg stump, and punished to backward square leg! A flick, a very gentle flick, off his waist. Drakes apologises to the captain for that line and length. There was no protection behind square on the leg side, and Drakes clearly did not bowl according to the field

17.4
Drakes to Asif Ali, no run

dot ball. Drakes mixing it up. Back of a length on middle, and angling across. Asif tries to pull but the ball goes through to the keeper

Arsalan: "Thankyou Riswan for such entertaining year, Thankyou Windies for Touring Pakistan in Tough times. Thankyou cricinfo for posting my comment. CHeers!"

Raja Aadi: "So the difference between the two sides is Shahnawaz Dhani. "

17.3
1
Drakes to Zaman, 1 run

full on off, and he shovels a lofted shot down the ground. Long on is there though

Asif at No. 4.

17.2
W
Drakes to Rizwan, OUT

full toss, outside off. Tries to slog it to the leg side but its sliced in the air! Pooran runs to short fine leg and with the gloves on, he grabs that easily. Rizwan is disappointed as he walks off, but the crowd murmurs into a congratulatory roar to celebrate his effort. But hey, can West Indies now hurt Pakistan? 24 needed in 16

Mohammad Rizwan c †Pooran b Drakes 87 (93m 45b 10x4 3x6) SR: 193.33
17.2
1w
Drakes to Rizwan, 1 wide

back of a length, loopy ball through to the keeper. The slower ball is not in control, and that's one extra run to the total

Umair Waqas: "Fakhar should do an Uthapa here for Rizwan,as he supported Rohit to score 264 by taking just singles consistently.."

17.1
1
Drakes to Zaman, 1 run

and as our reader Alishan said before the ball, Fakhar takes the single. Although he did try to go for a big shot. Good length outside off. Drags a pull to deep backward square leg

Required run rate now less than 9.

alishan: "someone pass the message to fakhar just take singles. no need of big shots from him at least today. let rizwan enjoy the party"

end of over 1713 runs
PAK: 182/1CRR: 10.70 RRR: 8.66 • Need 26 from 18b
Mohammad Rizwan87 (44)
Fakhar Zaman10 (5)
Romario Shepherd 3-0-40-0
Odean Smith 3-0-34-1
16.6
Shepherd to Rizwan, no run

full outside off. Rizwan had premeditated a scoop over short fine leg but the line didn't allow him to pull it off. Through to the keeper

16.5
4
Shepherd to Rizwan, FOUR runs

87! Imperious batting. Full outside off, and he just leans into a lofted drive to long off! Ball lands just inside the line. Rizwan thought it was six, and is surprised when the umpire declares it four

16.4
4
Shepherd to Rizwan, FOUR runs

moves into the eighties! Pakistan need 30, Rizwan needs 17. Good length ball on middle, and he just works a checked pull behind square to fine leg for four more

NOUMAN: "From 16 overs onwards, WI only scored 3 boundaries and that will hurt them." -- Without a doubt it can hurt. No boundaries for the last 16 balls in the first innings.

16.3
1
Shepherd to Zaman, 1 run

full toss, outside off. Caresses a drive to deep extra cover for a single

Zain: "@Shahin this is not the old Pakistan team. It actually has the ability to snatch victory from jaws of defeat."

16.2
1
Shepherd to Rizwan, 1 run

full outside off. Gets low and flicks it to short fine leg for a single

Arsalan: "If Riswan makes a century, It will be perfect ending of this year for Riswan"

Jawad Rasool: "Rizwan should be called RIZ-WON now.. this boy has lifted the whole nation"s morale in a few months. "

16.1
2
Shepherd to Rizwan, 2 runs

full outside off, almost on the tramlines. Rizwan gets low and drags a sweep to deep square leg. Two more to the total. Rizwan is down again. Cramps?

16.1
1w
Shepherd to Rizwan, 1 wide

looks to go full and wide. Rizwan walks across, gets close to the ball, but lets it go. Wide given despite Rizwan walking across before the ball was bowled. Bowler will feel unlucky there

Sachin Gaire: "Marnus and Warner made the day ...Babar and Rizwan close the day ..What a talented pair "

Here's Shepherd. Economy of 13.5 tonight.

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan PAK
87 runs (45)
10 fours3 sixes
Control
78%
Productive shot
pull
25 runs
2 fours2 sixes
2141411015130
Babar Azam
Babar Azam PAK
79 runs (53)
9 fours2 sixes
Control
81%
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
1 four0 six
781041810715
Best performances - bowlers
Mohammad Wasim
Mohammad Wasim PAK
O
4
M
0
R
44
W
2
ECO
11
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Shahnawaz Dahani
Shahnawaz Dahani PAK
O
4
M
0
R
23
W
1
ECO
5.75
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Pakistan
Mohammad Rizwan
Player Of The Series
Pakistan
Mohammad Rizwan
Series resultPakistan won the 3-match series 3-0
Match numberT20I no. 1450
Match days16 December 2021 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Gudakesh Motie
Gudakesh Motie
Umpires
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
Pakistan
Rashid Riaz
TV Umpire
Pakistan
Asif Yaqoob
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan
Faisal Afridi
Match Referee
Pakistan
Muhammad Javed