3rd ODI, Providence, Apr 11 2017, Pakistan tour of West Indies
(43.1/50 ov, target 234)236/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 41 balls remaining)
player of the match
Shoaib Malik

5.50pm: So, Sarfraz has the series trophy in hand, he's just been pouring his heart out in a language I don't speak - but congrats to him and Pakistan. It's been enjoyable, as ever, but from myself and Gnasher, it's time to say g'night (or shab bakhair). We'll see you again soon... Bye!

5.40pm: Time for the presentations in Providence, starting with West Indies captain Jason Holder: "Yeah, not enough runs. We felt it was going to spin, they played the spinners well in the middle. We started well with the ball, got early wickets, put them under pressure. Credit to Malik and Hafeez, the way they played. Can't fault the pitch, one of the better ones I've seen here in a long time. We've got a few positives, Shai Hope played a good innings, but we've not been able to get over the line."

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik is named Man of the Match and Man of the Series: "I'm very happy, as a senior cricketer you have extra responsibility on you. Mohammad Hafeez set the tone and took the pressure off me, but we needed someone to finish it off. The total we had in our mind, if we keep rotating the strike it will give us something to start. I never felt any pressure, Hafeez was hitting boundaries. I would like to congratulate Sarfraz, the way he's conducting the guys and the way youngsters are responding. Winning the series is important and we had pressure on us. Congrats to West Indies, they fought well, but good to end on a winning note."

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: [Okay, my Urdu really isn't up to this. I think he was pleased. Apologies]

5.30pm: There was a wobble at the start but Pakistan did a decent job of knocking this one off. Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez put on 113 to paper over the deficiencies of the top three, then Sarfraz Ahmed came out and made sure they finished it off without alarm. West Indies just didn't have enough on the board, despite the efforts of Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed. It's been a competitive series but Stuart Law still has work to do to make West Indies a force again; they remain adrift of eighth place in the ICC rankings and time is running out for them to scrape automatic World Cup qualification.

Holder to Malik, SIX runs

smashed down the ground, goes all the way! That is Malik's ton and a six-wicket win for Pakistan! Does it in style, Malik secures his ninth ODI hundred as Pakistan complete a comfortable chase to seal the series 2-1

So Malik keeps the strike, four runs needed. Win it and go to his hundred with a six?

end of over 4312 runs
PAK: 230/4CRR: 5.34 RRR: 0.57 • Need 4 runs from 42b
Shoaib Malik95 (110)
Sarfaraz Ahmed24 (26)
Shannon Gabriel10-0-60-2
Jason Holder8-1-31-1
Gabriel to Malik, 1 run

full toss from Gabriel, again Malik nearly swings himself off his feet, clubbed down the ground for one

Gabriel to Malik, no run

digs the ball in short, Malik whirls on an attempted pull but only manages a bottom edge

Malik is now six shy of his century - with five needed!

Gabriel to Malik, FOUR runs

pitched up and Malik lofts it back over the bowler's head again, picked the slower ball, another straight four

Gabriel to Malik, FOUR runs

fullish outside off, Malik opens up his stance and belabours this down the ground, not quite a straight six but it isn't far off

Gabriel to Malik, 2 runs

dropped! Length on the pads, flicked in the air... but the diving Walton again can't hold on at midwicket! Another one put down, quite a tough chance but again he got his hands to it. Gabriel the unlucky bowler again

Gabriel to Sarfaraz, 1 run

pitched up and punched into the off side, they steal one to mid-off

end of over 427 runs
PAK: 218/4CRR: 5.19 RRR: 2.00 • Need 16 runs from 48b
Sarfaraz Ahmed23 (25)
Shoaib Malik84 (105)
Jason Holder8-1-31-1
Shannon Gabriel9-0-48-2

"I have been following ESPN since I have started using internet, I love to do comments. But you guys have never published my comment. Is there any criteria to get published your comment?" Wisdom, insight, humour... They all work, Muhammad Mohsan. Begging should be very much your last resort

Holder to Sarfaraz, 1 run

short ball, Sarfraz swivels and cracks a pull for one more

Holder to Malik, 1 run

pitched up and clipped off the legs through square to the sweeper

Holder to Malik, no run

shuffles across and bunts to mid-off

Holder to Malik, FOUR runs

wild hack from Malik, he heaves a length ball into the leg side - and immediately looks at the toe of his bat - but it lands just in front of the diving Kieran Powell and bounces through him for four. Bit streaky, that

Holder to Malik, no run

touch shorter, dabbed sensibly down into the off side

Holder to Sarfaraz, 1 run

good length outside off, punched into the covers for one

Jason Holder brings himself back on

end of over 414 runs
PAK: 211/4CRR: 5.14 RRR: 2.56 • Need 23 runs from 54b
Sarfaraz Ahmed21 (23)
Shoaib Malik79 (101)
Shannon Gabriel9-0-48-2
Ashley Nurse10-0-49-1

"2:10 am in Pak and I am watching live match along with one eye at cricinfo to watch Pakistan qualify for WC directly." Well, you're getting slightly ahead of yourself there, Naseer - September is the cut-off and Pakistan have to remain in the top eight until then. But winning this series would go a long way to safeguarding that

Gabriel to Sarfaraz, 1 run

length ball, again on the legs and glanced for a single this time

Gabriel to Sarfaraz, 2 runs

too straight, sliding on to the pads, Sarfraz flicks it away expertly and comes hurrying back for the second

Gabriel to Sarfaraz, no run

takes the pace off, played late from under his nose but steered to backward point

"नमस्ते। From India :)" I'm hoping Abhay Arora hasn't duped me with a swear word

Gabriel to Sarfaraz, no run

pitched up towards the feet, Sarfraz is doing his cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof jive, manages to gets his bat down and drill the ball to mid-on

Gabriel to Malik, 1 run

goes fuller and straighter, 132kph/81mph and clipped square of the midwicket fielder for a single

Gabriel to Malik, no run

slightly back of a length and tapped away into the off side