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Windies ready for series decider - Radford

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:00 AM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):

Batting coach Toby Radford has backed West Indies to hit back strongly in Today's decisive third One-Day International, as the hosts chase their first series victory over Pakistan in nearly three decades.

West Indies won the opener of the three-match series last Friday when they staged a daring run chase to win by four wickets, but Pakistan hit back on Sunday to level the series with a 74-run victory.

Radford said although the Windies would have preferred to enter the contest with a winning 2-0 lead, they were now fully focused on pulling off the all-important win in the high-stakes game.

"Everyone has got to be up for that. We were up for it [on Sunday] and we're disappointed because we wanted to finish the series ... but that was not to be," the Englishman said.

"We will come strongly on Tuesday, that's a huge game for us. We want to win a series against them. We obviously had a great performance two days ago and we want to do that again.

"We believe we can do it, we've got the quality here to do it, but we've really got to dig deep and come back firing on all cylinders."

Coming on the back of their historic victory on Friday, West Indies seemed en route to a series-clinching performance when they restricted Pakistan to below 200 in the first 40 overs of their innings.

However, Babar Azam unfurled an amazing unbeaten 125 - his fifth ODI hundred and fourth in five matches against West Indies - and Imad Wasim lashed a cameo unbeaten 43 down the order, as Pakistan rallied superbly to gather 84 runs from the last 42 balls of the innings.

 

RUN CHASE

 

Radford said it had been this shift in momentum which saw West Indies fall behind, and the inertia had extended into their run chase.

"I think there was a real momentum shift in the last 10 overs of the bowling and fielding effort," Radford explained.

"I thought we bowled particularly well, especially the spinners in the middle. I thought Jason Holder up front was excellent today, [but] Babar Azam is a top-quality player and he struck the ball very cleanly at the back end of the innings.

"So from thinking we were probably chasing 230, 240, we suddenly end up chasing 280, probably 50 more runs than we wanted."