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Misbah steers Pak home in a thrilling finish

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Pakistan have picked up an unassailable 3-0 lead over hosts West Indies by defeating them in the rain-affected third ODI at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados. The match got delayed initially due to rain and was reduced to 45 overs per side with West Indies asked to bat first by Pakistan on what was a lively pitch. Windies crumbled to 171 all out in 43.4 overs. There were just a couple of good knocks from the hosts – opener Lendl Simmons scoring 51 from 64 balls and Darren Bravo contributing 47 from 77 balls. Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal rocked the West Indian batting taking three wickets each.

Pakistan in their run chase slipped to 12 for 3 in the 4th over and later at 49 for 4. Just when a defeat seemed to be on the cards, the experienced Misbah-ul-Haq dropped anchor to get atleast a couple of handy partnerships going to steer his side to a nervous 3-wicket win. Misbah reamained unbeaten on a patient 62 from 109 balls while adding up a 29-run match winning stand for the unbroken 8th wicket with Wahab Riaz. For the West Indies, Ravi Rampaul with 4 for 32 and Devendra Bishoo with 3 for 42 sustained the pressure on the Pakistani batsmen.

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