Babar Azam’s 123 anchors Pakistan’s series win

03 Oct, 2016 8:11 am

SHARJAH (92 News) – Fast-rising Babar Azam cracked a second successive hundred to guide Pakistan to a dominant 59-run win over the West Indies in the second one-day international in Sharjah, gaining an unbeatable 2-0 lead in three-match series.

Bating first, Pakistan set a victory target of 338 in the stipulated fifty overs for the loss of five wickets. Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who scored 123 runs, was declared player of the match.

In reply, West Indies could score 278 for the loss of seven wickets.

“It was a wonderful team effort,” said Pakistan captain Azhar Ali. “We needed a good partnership after losing two early wickets and Azam and Malik gave that to us with pace and wisdom.”

West Indian captain Jason Holder rued his team’s bad bowling. “I think we didn’t bowl as well as we would have wanted and in the end 330-plus was too much for us,” said Holder.

West Indies needed to improve on their best chase of 285 against Pakistan which came in 1993 at this same venue, but Pakistan’s varied attack kept them at bay. Bravo added 89 for the second wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite (39) after Johnson Charles was removed for two in the second over by Mohammad Amir.


Earlier Azam anchored Pakistan’s highest one-day total against the West Indies, beating the 307-8 they made at Perth nine years ago. Azam added 169 for the third wicket with Malik who missed his ninth one-day hundred by 10 runs, scoring an attractive 84-ball 90 with six hits over the fence and three boundaries.

It was another dominating batting display by Pakistan, with Azam and Malik shredding the West Indian bowling at will, and Sarfraz Ahmed finishing it with 47-ball 60 not out.

 

SCOREBOARD

Pakistan Innings            
Az. Ali                          lbw b Holder              9   
Sh. Khan                         c Holder b Joseph         24  
B. Azam                          c C. Brathwaite b Joseph  123 
S. Malik                         c Da. Bravo b Narine      90  
S. Ahmed                         not out                   60  
I. Wasim                         b Holder                  11  
M. Rizwan                        not out                   6   
Extras                           (lb-2 w-12)               14  
Total                            (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 337 
Fall of wickets: 1-40 Az. Ali,2-40 Sh. Khan,3-209 S. Malik,4-282 B. Azam,5-320 I. Wasim
Did not bat: M. Nawaz, W. Riaz, M. Amir, H. Ali

Bowling                     
J. Holder                        8 - 1 - 51 - 2(w-1)           
A. Joseph                        10 - 0 - 62 - 2(w-6)          
C. Brathwaite                    8 - 0 - 60 - 0                
S. Narine                        8 - 0 - 39 - 1(w-1)           
S. Benn                          8 - 0 - 61 - 0                
K. Brathwaite                    3 - 0 - 18 - 0                
K. Pollard                       5 - 0 - 44 - 0                

West Indies Innings         
J. Charles                       c Wasim b Amir            2   
K. Brathwaite                    run out (Nawaz, S. Ahmed) 39  
Da. Bravo                        run out (H. Ali)          61  
M. Samuels                       b Riaz                    57  
D. Ramdin                        b Riaz                    34  
K. Pollard                       c Malik b Wasim           22  
C. Brathwaite                    run out (Riaz)            14  
J. Holder                        not out                   31  
S. Narine                        not out                   1   
Extras                           (lb-8 w-9)                17  
Total                            (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 278 
Fall of wickets: 1-3 J. Charles,2-92 K. Brathwaite,3-127 Da. Bravo,4-194 M. Samuels,5-209 D. Ramdin,6-231 C. Brathwaite,7-273 K. Pollard
Did not bat: S. Benn, A. Joseph

Bowling                     
I. Wasim                         10 - 0 - 62 - 1               
M. Amir                          9 - 0 - 49 - 1(w-2)           
H. Ali                           9 - 0 - 56 - 0(w-1)           
W. Riaz                          10 - 0 - 48 - 2(w-3)          
S. Malik                         5 - 2 - 16 - 0                
M. Nawaz                         7 - 0 - 39 - 0(w-2)           

Referees                    
Umpire: Sundaram Ravi                                          
Umpire: Shozab Raza                                            
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge                               
Match referee: Andy Pycroft                                    
Result: Pakistan won by 59 runs



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