Pakistan 275 for 8 (Babar 77, Imam 72, Hosein 3-52) beat West Indies 155 (Brooks 42, Nawaz 4-19, Wasim 3-34) by 120 runs
Pakistan showed no mercy on the men from the Caribbean as it thrashed them in the second of the three ODI series to maintain an unassailable 2-0 lead
After batting first, scoring a challenging total of 276, and putting West Indies to bat, the host won by 120 runs.
Pakistan Captain and star batsman Babar Azam again made life difficult for the Windies by scoring his sixth consecutive 50 or more in ODIs with a 93-ball 77, including five fours and one six.
Imam-ul-Haq provided good support with a run-a-ball 72, including six fours.
Alzarri Joseph lit up the Windies’ camp as he continued to show his renewed prowess going for just 33 in his ten overs while picking up two wickets.
Akeal Hosein also continued to show his class by picking up 3-52 off his 10 overs.
The Windies’ start was stalled with the early dismissal of Shai Hope, who got 127 not out in the previous game — he was dismissed in the first over for a mere four runs.
Kyle Mayers and Shamarh Brooks then provided the innings with some stability reaching 71-1 before Mayers was dismissed for 33 at the end of the 10th over.
Brandon King fell shortly after for a duck to leave the Windies 72-3 after 10.4 overs.
After Brooks fell for 42 in the 19th over, with the score on 102, the West Indies lost their final six wickets for just 52 runs to be bundled out for 155.
Mohammad Nawaz produced a game-changing spell for the hosts with 4-19 from his 10 overs, while Mohammad Wasim Jr supported well with 3-34 from 4.2 overs.
In the post-match interview, Pakistan’s winning captain Babar Azam said, “The wicket was double paced, our plan was to build partnerships. The ball was spinning as well. We were 10-15 short because we lost back-to-back wickets. We wanted to save Khushdil for the end that’s why we sent him later. We were confident at the break that we could defend this. Nawaz took wickets at crucial junctures. We were under pressure after the first 10 but really happy with the way we fought back.”
On the other hand, Windies captain Nicholas Pooran noted that it was a challenging day for his team. He said, “Tough day for us. I thought we bowled well in the first 45 overs but conceded 20 too many. Death bowling has been a problem for us. The guys are young and inexperienced. Hopefully we’ll get better with every game. Credit must be given to Nawaz who bowled really well. It was definitely a challenging wicket. There were some soft dismissals, it wasn’t our day.”
Meanwhile, Mohammad Nawaz who was named the player of the match said, “I was focusing on the basics, the pitch assisted me. The ball was turning, we had an idea in the first innings, particularly after I got out. I have confidence in my batting, I want to do well as an allrounder and improve day by day.”
The third and final ODI will take place on Sunday.
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Yvad Billings Readers Bureau, Contributor
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