GUYANA – Pakistan comes back stronger to beat West Indies by 74 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday at Providence Stadium, Guyana.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the second consecutive toss and opted to field first on a tricky pitch.
Just to his delight, the pitch this time behaved accordingly, creating trouble for Pakistani batsmen. Both openers Kamran Akmal (21) and Ahmed Shehzad (5) were gotten earlier in the innings. Pakistan were 44/2 inside 10 overs.
Mohammad Hafeez (32) and Shoaib Malik (9) were a little too slow to keep the pace of the innings. Sarfraz (26) played a little blistering cameo but was gotten in the middle overs. Azam continued the fighting against quality West Indies bowling.
He scored 125 off 132 balls along with Imad Waseem (43) to take the score to 282/5 in the fifty overs.
Shanin Gabriel took two wickets for 50 runs from his 10over quota. Both spinners, Bishoo (40-1) and Nurse (42-1) were economical in the middle overs.
West Indies started their innings in aggressive fashion, playing big shot right from the first ball. but, Pakistani pacers held their nerves and eventually got rid of both openers inside five overs.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed didn’t let Windies breathe. He kept exerting pressure and West Indies kept losing wickets at regular interval. Besides Nurse (44) and captain Holder (40*), nor Caribbean batsman could hold the ground against Green Shirts.
Hasan Ali was very sharp with the ball, he bowled 8 overs for 29 runs, taking FIVE key wickets. Mohammad Hafeez also had a successful run. He bowled 6 overs for 23 runs and took two important wickets.
Young batsman Babar Azam was chosen Man of The Match for his classical innings of 125*. This was his fifth hundred in the short ODI career.
With this win going in favor of Pakistan, the last ODI on Tuesday, April 11 has become the FINAL for both sides.