Pakistan rescued by Shoaib's rapid century

Pakistan 232

West Indies 181

Pakistan win by 51 runs
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Two of Pakistan's 20-year-olds shone as they clinched a swinging match here to beat the West Indies 2-0 in the one-day series.

The all-rounder Shoaib Malik made his first century as Pakistan recovered from a dismal 54 for 4 to post a competitive total. Then Mohammad Sami stole his thunder with the 15th hat-trick in one-day history to finish with figures of 4 for 44.

Shoaib made 111 not out, his second fifty coming off only 35 balls. It was a marvellous effort by a player whose highest score in 20 previous one-day appearances was only 44.

The Pakistan captain, Waqar Younis, had chosen to bat, but Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi were out early. It left them on 7 for 2 and the slump continued when Cameron Cuffy trapped Younis Khan lbw for 18 and Yousuf Youhana fell to Corey Collymore for one.

Shoaib and Naveed Latif began the recovery with a fifth-wicket partnership of 73 before Naveed fell to the West Indies captain, Carl Hooper, for 45.

The recovery continued as Abdur Razzaq contributed 30 to a stand of 62 off 52 balls, but Shoaib did the bulk of the scoring thereafter before finally running out of partners.

When the West Indies replied, Daren Ganga fell to the first ball of the innings, caught behind off Waqar. Chris Gayle, however, sped to his second 50 in consecutive days.

After wickets began falling regularly and the West Indies slumped to 133 for 5, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ryan Hinds put on 45 for the sixth wicket. But once that partnership was broken the tail caved in and Sami took his hat-trick with the last three balls.