Pakistan levels series against West Indies winning Second ODI

 . Last updated on April 10, 2017, 2:12 PM
Pakistan levels series against West Indies winning Second ODI
Babar Azam scored the match winning 125 as his career best figure in the match.
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The three match ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies is now at level, after the former winning the second fixture at Guyana. The 74-run win had a strong impression from Babar Azam, the Pakistan batsman who plundered 125. It was the career best strike of the player. He remained unbeaten batting for about 44 overs throughout the inning. Babar hauled Pakistan’s score to 283, which emerged an as un-scalable challenge for West Indies in the second inning. The host lost their batsmen early in the next inning at the hands of Pakistan attackers. Hasan Ali claimed an excellent five wicket haul in the chase toppling West Indies.

The chase had no partnership with the batting line up exhausted in 44.5 overs. By middle of the inning, there was a stretch from Jason Holder and Ashley Nurse, but it was not enough to scale up the victory mark. Holder scored 68 runs and Nurse added 44. The stretch brought 58 runs but Hasan Ali ended striking down again for his five-wicket haul.

Earlier, West Indies already lost the top order slipping to 56 for 5 wickets. West Indies kept on losing wickets before Holder and Nurse posed the partnership. Nurse was removed early in 29th over, but Holder kept on playing to 45th over. He hauled the chase to 208 runs being the 10th batsman to fall in the inning. His play was featured with excellent timing and high power shots. In an over from Mohammed Amir, the pace bowler, Holder scored 16 runs with two fours and a six.

For Pakistan bowling was spearheaded by Hasan and batting by Babar. In the previous inning, it was the loose bowling from West Indies that got Pakistan the high score. In the second inning, it was the inconsistency of West Indies batsmen that exhausted the line up with more than four overs to spare. Pakistan’s inning caught momentum only by the last eight overs. In the stretch, Babar and Imad Wasim began to hammer long shots, bringing 84 runs. It was the winning figures that finally made the difference.


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