Babar Azam hits second consecutive century as Pakistan post 337
Sharjah: Pakistan have given West Indies a stiff target of 338 runs in the 2nd ODI match courtesy fine batting from the batsmen who made full use of good batting conditions after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first.
Coming at one down Babar Azam scored his second straight century. His ton came off just 111 balls as he played a well placed innings. Babar Azam is going through a purple patch off late and is slowly cementing his place in the side. He is the 10th Pakistani to score consecutive hundred in one day international matches.
West Indies suffered as a result of street smart cricket from Pakistani duo Babar Azam (123) and Shoaib Malik (90) which meant that Pakistan were in a commanding position in the second ODI. Their was a massive 169 runs partnership between the two middle order players after the openers were dismissed early.
Wicket keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed scored a quick half century towards the end of the innings and kept the momentum going for Pakistan. He remained not out on 60 runs off 47 balls.
Both Babar and Malik got Pakistan out of a precarious situation as they lost their openers in quick succession. Malik clearly took the attack to the Windies spinners and especially Suliemann Benn by scoring at more than run a ball and hitting six massive sixes. Unfortunately he missed out on a well deserved century and was dismissed for 90 runs off 84 balls by Sunil Narine.
The Pakistani openers Azhar Ali and Sharjeel Khan both went back to the pavilion after Pakistan got off to a brisk start in the second ODI.
Pakistan were 40/0 in the 5th over but in the space of three deliveries both the batsmen were sent packing. Azhar Ali was dismissed by Jason Holder for 9 while Sharjeel Khan handed his wicket to Joseph who is making his debut today.
Earlier Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to bat in the second day-night international against the West Indies in Sharjah on Sunday.
Pakistan kept the same eleven which won the first match — in Sharjah on Friday — by 111 runs while the West Indies brought in fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for unfit Shannon Gabriel.
The 19-year-old Joseph is making his one-day debut.
The final match is in Abu Dhabi on October 5.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Alzarri Joseph, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (IND) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)