Misbah guides Pakistan to series-clinching victory over Windies in 3rd ODI

April 29th, 2011 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Bridgetown, April 29(ANI): Pakistan have clinched the one-day international (ODI) series against the West Indies as Misbah-ul-Haq dragged the visiting team to a three-wicket victory in the third one-dayer of the five-match series on Thursday.

Misbah led the way with four fours and one six in an unbeaten 62 off 109 balls as Pakistan reached the target of 172 runs for victory with 29 balls remaining at Kensington Oval.

Earlier, Pakistan were left reeling on 12 for three, following an opening burst from Ravi Rampaul- who also had Akmal caught behind to leave the visitors on 49 for four in the 12th over- finishing with four wickets for 32 runs from nine overs.

Hammad Azam joined Misbah to put on 78 for the fifth wicket to bring Pakistan back on track, before Devendra Bishoo took three for 42 from nine overs to trigger a slide that left the visitors wobbling on 148 for seven in the 36th over.

But Wahab Riaz joined Misbah to edge the Pakistanis over the finish line five overs later, when he swung a short ball from Dwayne Bravo over deep backward square leg for a six, the Dawn reports.

Earlier, Saeed Ajmal captured three for 29 from 8.4 overs and Wahab took three for 38 from eight overs to step up Pakistan’s chance of victory as they dismissed their opponents for 171 in 43.4 overs after choosing to field.

The victory meant that Pakistan have now won their last eight ODIs against the West Indies spread over the last four years, including their ten-wicket victory in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final in Bangladesh.

The fourth ODI will be played on May 2 at the same venue- Kensington Oval in Barbados, with the final match of the series on May 5 at the Guyana National Stadium. (ANI)

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