Athanaze, Sinclair lead Windies to series-sweeping win
West Indies' players celebrate their win at the end of the third one-day international (ODI) match against the United Arab Emirates at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Friday. (Photos: AFP)

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — A record half-century on debut from Alick Athanaze followed up a career-best spell from Kevin Sinclair and enabled West Indies to clinch a four-wicket win against hosts United Arab Emirates in the third One-day International on Friday, thus completing a 3-0 series sweep.

Left-hander Athanaze cracked nine fours and three sixes in the top score of 65 from 45 balls — equalling the record for the fastest half-century on ODI debut — and the Caribbean side successfully chased 185 in the day/night contest at Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.

Sinclair, 23 and playing in his fourth ODI, set things up with a spell of four for 24 from 7.1 overs to earn the Player of the Match award while leg-spinner Yannic Cariah supported with two for 34 from eight overs as the UAE were bowled out for 184 in 36.1 overs after they chose to bat.

Opening the batting, Athanaze reached his half-century from only 26 balls when he drilled a delivery from off-spinner Rohan Mustafa through extra cover for his seventh four, to equal the record Krunal Pandya of hosts India set against England two years ago in Pune.

West Indies' Kevin Sinclair celebrates after the dismissal of UAE's Rohan Mustafa (not pictured) during the third one-day international (ODI) match against the United Arab Emirates at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Friday.

The left-handed Dominican batsman opened his account with a four over midwicket off pacer Junaid Siddique in the first over of the chase, and stepped up a gear with two sixes in three balls over the square leg region in the next over off left-arm spinner Aayan Afzal Khan.

He added three fours — two in the arc behind square on the off side — in the third over off Siddique, who he whipped through mid-on for another four in the seventh over before he pulled left-arm pacer Muhammad Jawadullah over backward square leg for six in the next over to move within reach of 50.

Athanaze dominated an opening stand of 35 with Johnson Charles and was the main driving force behind a second-wicket partnership of 66 with Shamar Brooks that put the visitors firmly on track, before he was lbw to Khan with 84 on the scoreboard from the third One-day International between hosts United Arab Emirates and West Indies on Friday at Sharjah International Cricket Stadium.

Brooks made 33, stand-in Captain Roston Chase was not out on 27, and Keacy Carty made 20, but West Indies endured a crisis of confidence and a relatively straightforward chase became a bit dicey when they lost three wickets for 13 in the span of 18 balls.

They were 138 for three at the halfway stage after Brooks was caught at deep midwicket off Khan in the 23rd over, and they stumbled to 145 for five when leg-spinner Karthik Meiyappan nabbed Carty and Kavem Hodge off successive balls in the 26th over.

Left-hander Raymon Reifer joined Chase, made 15, and put in 36 for the sixth wicket to get them back on track before he was caught at deep backward square leg off Jawadullah, with four needed from 96 balls.

Chase did not have the honour of hitting the winning runs in his first international leading the Caribbean side but he faced the eventual final delivery of the match 1 a wide from Jawadullah that sealed the win with 89 balls remaining.

The visitors rested their appointed Captain Shai Hope and Chase led the side, and they also gave a break to Player of the Series Brandon King, as well as pacers Odean Smith and Dominic Drakes, replacing them with Athanaze, Reifer, Sinclair, and all-rounder Keemo Paul after they won the first ODI by seven wickets last Sunday at the same venue where they had also won the second ODI by 78 runs.

UAE made six changes, with Aryansh Sharma, Asif Khan, Basil Hameed, Sanchit Sharma, Adhitya Shetty, and Zahoor Khan all being left out while Rameez Shahzad, Mustafa, Meiyappan, and Siddique all came in, as well as newcomers Ethan D'Souza and Jawadullah.

Earlier, Sinclair triggered a batting collapse after Vriitya Aravind anchored two successive half-century stands with his Captain Muhammad Waseem and Shahzad in a top score of 70 off 75 balls, and the UAE reached 142 for two in the 23rd over.

Reifer got Waseem for 42 with his left-arm pace in the 12th over when the UAE captain put on 69 with Aravind, and Sinclair transformed the complexion of the match when he held a return catch to dismiss Shahzad for 27 after the batsman added 55 for the third wicket with Aravind.

Sinclair and Cariah carved up the rest of the batting with tidy bowling in the middle passage, there were two needless run outs, and the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 34 in the span of 78 balls.

West Indies will now pack their bags and on Saturday head to Zimbabwe where they will play with nine other teams in the final qualification tournament for the ICC Men's ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 India.

The Caribbean side have been drawn in Group A along with Nepal, Netherlands, United States, and hosts Zimbabwe for the qualifiers which start on Sunday, June 18, and run until July 9 in the cities of Harare and Bulawayo.



*Muhammad Wassem b Reifer 42

Lovepreet Singh c wk Charles b Paul 3

+Vriitya Aravind lbw b Sinclair 70

Rameez Shahzad c and b Sinclair 27

Ethan D'Souza run out 6

Rohan Mustafa run out 5

Ali Naseer c wk Charles b Sinclair 13

Aayan Afzal Khan b Sinclair 2

Karthik Meiyappan st Charles b Cariah 0

Junaid Siddique b Cariah 0

Muhammad Jawadullah not out 0

Extras (b4, lb4, w7, nb1) 16

TOTAL (all out, 36.1 overs) 184

Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-87, 3-142, 4-150, 5-164, 6-166, 7-181, 8-182, 9-184.

Bowling: Paul 5-0-22-1 (w2); Jordan 3-0-20-0 (w2); Hodge 2-0-29-0; Reifer 3-0-16-1 (nb1); Cariah 8-0-34-2; Chase 8-1-31-0 (w1); Sinclair 7.1-0-24-4 (w2)


+J Charles lbw b Muhammad Jawadullah 3

A Athanaze lbw b Aayan Afzal Khan 65

S Brooks c D'Souza b Aayan Afzal Khan 33

K Carty c Lovepreet Singh b Karthik Meiyappan 20

*R Chase not out 27

K Hodge st Vriitya Aravind b Karthik Meiyappan 0

R Reifer c D'Souza b Muhammad Jawadullah 15

K Paul not out 2

Extras (lb2, w12) 14

TOTAL (6 wkts, 35.1 overs) 185

Y Cariah, K Sinclair, A Jordan did not bat.

Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-101, 3-132, 4-145, 5-145, 6-181

Bowling: Junaid Siddque 4-0-28-0 (w2); Aayan Afzal Khan 10-0-40-2 (w1); Muhammad Jawadullah 5.1-0-36-2 (w3); Ali Naseer 2-0-9-0; Rohan Mustafa 6-0-29-0; Karthik Meiyappan 8-0-41-2 (w6)

Result: West Indies won by four wickets (89 balls remaining).

Series: West Indies win three-match series 3-0.

Toss: United Arab Emirates

Player of the Match: A. Athanaze (West Indies)

Player of the Series: B. King (West Indies)

Umpires: Akbar Ali, Ahsan Raza (Pakistan).

TV umpire: Aasif Iqbal

Match referee: J. Srinath (India)

Reserve umpire: Shiju Sam

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