Pakistan win toss, decided to bat against West Indies

ABU DHABI: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in the third and final ODI against the West Indies here on Wednesday.


After winning the toss, skipper Azhar Ali said Sohail Khan had replaced Muhammad Amir who had returned home.

West Indies have made two changes. Shanon Gabriel comes in for Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis for Jhonson Charles.

Despite having sealed the series 2-0 with comprehensive victories in Sharjah, Pakistan will go all out for another win to ensure a 3-0 whitewash, a result which will give their hopes of earning direct qualification to World Cup 2019 a big boost.

At the moment, Pakistan are trailing at a dismal number nine in the ODI rankings and need to finish among the top-eight by September 30 next year to avoid the ignominy of playing in the qualification round for the next World Cup to be held in England.

A clean sweep in the series will take Pakistan ahead of the eighth-placed West Indies.


Pakistan: Azhar Ali*, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali

West Indies: KC Brathwaite, E Lewis, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, D Ramdin†, KA Pollard, JO Holder*, SP Narine, SJ Benn, AS Joseph, ST Gabriel