Pakistan level the series to set up the finale on Tuesday
Pakistan won the second One Day International (ODI) against West Indies by 74 runs courtesy Babar Azam’s century and Hassan Ali’s five-for.
Cricingif takes a look at the five talking points from the game.
The rotation of strike continued to be a problem with Pakistani batsman as they played 144 dot balls in the innings. Except for Babar Azam, none of the top 5 batsmen of Pakistan were able to kick on despite digging in. The pressure on Ahmad Shahzad, Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez for their spots was telling in both the matches of the series. Pakistan have just one game left before the ICC Champions Trophy and will need a lot of rectification to iron out the issue, as well as to find the best playing XI.
After being demoted to number 4 in the previous game, Babar Azam was promoted to no. 3 and his love affair with the spot continued as he smashed another century – helping Pakistan out of a murky situation. His 125* meant he became the second fastest batsman to score 5 centuries in ODI’s taking just 25 innings – with only Quinton de Kock besting him with 21 innings. His 1306 runs in ODI’s are also the highest in history after 25 games.
Babar continues to shine at no. 3
Imad Wasim walked in to bat at 183/5, with Pakistan struggling to kick on. Although he took a few overs to get the groove of the pitch – also surviving a caught behind decision on DRS – Wasim kicked the paddle in 44th over. He and Azam accumulated 88 runs off the last 7 overs – providing much-needed surge later in the innings.
Imad Wasim led the late surge from Pakistan
West Indies top and middle-order once again disappointed – despite the momentum from the last game. When Mohammad Hafeez caught Johnathan Carter playing across the line, the Windies were reduced to 6/75. But thanks to the resistance from Ashley Nurse and Captain holder, Pakistan found themselves in tricky situation once again – desperately looking for answers.
Nurse notches quick-fire 44
Holder resists with a flamboyant 68
While the other pacers struggled to control their line and lengths, Hasan Ali mixes his lengths and pace variations beautifully – getting his second five-for of his career meanwhile. Other than the early strikes that dented West Indies in the start, Hasan accounted for both Alzari Joseph and skipper Jason Holder to give Pakistan a breather.
Hasan’s five-for strangles West Indies