Nawaz picks four as Pakistan beat West Indies to seal series
Agencies/ Multan, Pakistan
Versatile player Mohamed Nawaz bagged four wickets as Pakistan beat West Indies by 120 runs in the second one-day international yesterday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing 276, the visitors were tied for 155 from 33 overs in Multan as Nawaz excelled with his spin bowling and finished with career-best ODI figures of 4-19. Mohamed Wasim also contributed, taking 3-34 on his comeback.
Pakistan, who won the opener by five wickets, will be looking to complete a complete series sweep when the third ODI takes place tomorrow. They have now won 10 consecutive ODI series against West Indies.
Previous skipper Babar Azam and fly-half Imam-ul-Haq beat half a century to take Pakistan to 275-8 against disciplined West Indian bowlers in the second day-night international in Multan yesterday.
Azam scored 93 balls 77 and Haq run-a-ball 72 – both hitting sixth consecutive half-centuries in successive one-day internationals – before the home side lost track in the middle.
Pakistan, who won the toss and struck in the sweltering conditions of Multan, were sailing well at 187-2 with Azam set for the fourth hundred in as many ODIs when spinner Akeal Hosein fired the Pakistani skipper in the 36th.
Azam, who became the first batter in ODI cricket to score three hundred in as many games twice on Wednesday, gave Hosein a comeback.
Azam, who hit five limits and a six, failed to match Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four hundred in as many ODIs scored at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
He had set the tone with a second wicket stand of 120 with Haq – their fourth consecutive stand of over 100 – before Haq ran out, not looking at his static partner while opting for a single.
Haq has reached six limits.
F. Zaman v Shepherd v Phillip 17
Imam ul-Haq exhausted 72
B. Azam c&b Hosein 7
Mr Rizwan b Hosein 15
Mr. Haris v Hope b Joseph 6
Mr. Nawaz v Pooran b Hosein 3
S. Khan v Hope v Joseph 22
K. Shah b Phillip 22
Mr. Wasim not out 17
S. Afridi not out 15
Extras: (3lbs, 6w)9
Overall: (over 50.0) 275-8
Wickets drop: 1-25 (Zaman), 2-145 (Imam), 3-187 (Azam), 4-194 (Haris), 5-194 (Rizwan), 6-207 (Nawaz), 7-230 ( Khan), 8-259 (Shah)
Pins: Alzarri Joseph 10-1-33-2; Kyle Mayer 3-0-24-0; Anderson Phillip 8-0-50-2; Romario Shepherd 5-1-27-0; Rovman Powell 4-0-24-0; Hayden Walsh 10-0-62-0; Akeal Hosein 10-0-52-3
S. Hope v Zaman v Afridi 4
K. Mayers b Wasim 33
S. Brooks lb Nawaz 42
B. King b Nawaz 0
N. Pooran b Nawaz 25
R. Powell v Rizwan v Nawaz 10
A. Hosein not out 14
R. Shepherd pb Shadab 1
Alzarri Joseph pb Wasim 6
H. Walsh pb Shadab 1
A. Phillip b Wasim 1
Extras: 4b 6lb 0nb 5pen 3w 18
Total: (32.2 overs) 155 all out
Wickets drop: 1-4 (Hope), 2-71 (Mayers), 3-72 (King), 4-102 (Brooks), 5-116 (Powell), 6-117 (Pooran), 7-120 ( Shepherd), 8-145 (Joseph), 9-148 (Walsh), 10-155 (Phillip)
Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 4-1-17-1; Haris Rauf 5-1-30-0; Muhammad Wasim 4.2-0-34-3; Mohamed Nawaz 10-0-19-4; Shadab Khan 9-1-40-2