After suffering a 4-wicket defeat in the opening match, visitors Pakistan did well enough to make a good comeback in the next match, as they drubbed hosts West Indies by 74 runs in the second of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Sunday. With this win, Pakistan have managed to level the series 1-1, as they now set up the decider in the third ODI at this very venue on Tuesday. This match saw a number of highlights, especially with Babar Azam and Hasan Ali, who did the job for the visitors. Let us have a look at all of them. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 2nd ODI at Guyana
Babar Azam’s prolific knock of 125: If anything was the highlight in the Pakistan innings, it had to be the batting display of Babar Azam. He not just managed to score a century, but it was his fifth ODI century, and the fourth against West Indies. He had already earlier broken the record for most centuries against the West Indies, in 2016, going past Saeed Anwar, who had two centuries. He is now just a ton short of becoming the batsman with most centuries when it comes to bilateral tie between both the sides, as he is preceded by the great West Indian Brian Lara, who has five centuries.
Babar Azam-Mohammad Hafeez’s steady stand of 69: Although Pakistan was off to a shaky start, it was the pair of Azam and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, which contributed to a steady stand of 69. It was more or less a platform being built by the two for the incoming batsmen to make sure that they steady the upcoming Pakistan innings, and put up a healthy total on the board. Hafeez contributed 32, while Azam contributed 34 in the stand. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 2nd ODI at Guyana
Babar Azam-Sarfraz Ahmed’s stable stand of 55: Not just along with Hafeez, but Azam also put up a great batting show and contributed to a stable stand of 55 runs along with the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Following a shock middle-order collapse, these two made sure that they capitalise on the platform being built being earlier built during the stand between Azam and Hafeez. They managed to do so, As Azam contributed 22, while Sarfraz contributed 26 in the stand.
Babar Azam-Imad Wasim’s crucial stand of 99: Although Azam along with Hafeez and Sarfraz had put Pakistan in a strong position with the bat. However, it was his stand along with Imad Wasim, which sealed Pakistan’s dominance in the innings. Both the batsmen contributed to a crucial stand of 99 runs, which also saw Azam bringing up his century. Azam contributed 50, while Wasim contributed 43 in the stand, as Pakistan comfortable steered to a match-winning total of 282 for 5.
Jason Holder’s subtle knock of 68: In what was a dull West Indian innings, it was their skipper Jason Holder, who played the captain’s knock, as he struggled and made sure to make his team reach the required target. However, it was the lack of partnership from the other end that led to him not being able to get the mission accomplished. His subtle knock of 68 came off 87 deliveries, including six boundaries and a six, along with a strike rate of 78. He was also the final wicket to fall in the West Indies innings, as he had no other choice, but to go for the big shots after running out of suitable partners at the other end.
Ashley Nurse’s calm knock of 44: Apart from Holder, it was Ashley Nurse ho too was taking on the Pakistan bowlers and showing great intent to allow West Indies to give some fight back to the Pakistan bowlers, who were clearly on high after disturbing their top and middle-order batting. It was basically Nurse, who was the first batsman to start showing these vital signs, which later promoted Holder to go for his delicate innings. His calm knock of 44 did give Pakistan some hard time, but could not capitalise under the pressure, as his 43 ball innings, which too included six boundaries and a six, along with a strike rate of 102, came to a calm end.
Holder-Nurse’s clever stand of 58: West Indies were down, but not drowned, as the batsmen in the form of Holder and Nurse, who were one of the pairs during the West Indies batting, played clever and put up a bright stand of 58 runs for the seventh wicket. Nurse contributed his entire 44 runs in the stand, while Holder made a decent contribution of 13, which gave Pakistan indeed a scare and West indies a faint hope that they can pull this out. However, the pressure was just too much for either of them to count upon.
Holder-Alzarri Joseph’s late stand of 52: Holder, who was earlier involved in a good stand with Nurse, tried the same along with Alzarri Joseph. this time, it was he who took the risks and went for the big shots, as he was certainly looking to play the captain’s knock and stand west Indies a chance to chase the hefty total down. Holder contributed 36, while Joseph contributed just 15 in the stand. All that Joseph needed to do was just play safe, and allow the hard work to be done by the skipper. However, pressure was again mounting on both the men, and it was Joseph who fell prey to it, as he gave away his wicket, therefore ending the last hopes for West Indies to see this match out.