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Wasim, Nawaz lead Pakistan to ODI series victory over the West Indies

Wasim, Nawaz lead Pakistan to ODI series victory over the West Indies

Pakistan beat West Indies by 120 runs to clinch the three-match series 2-0, with one match remaining. Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Wasim Jr took seven wickets.

Nawaz’s magic deliveries rattled the West Indian batting line-up, while Wasim, who came in to replace Hassan Ali, took three key wickets.

Earlier on Friday, West Indies bowlers held Pakistan to a respectable 275-8 total in the second ODI at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

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Babar chose to bat first after winning the toss. Thanks to Akeal Hosein’s three wickets and two wickets each from Alzarri Joseph and Anderson Phillip, the touring party recently demolished the hosts’ batting line-up.

Babar hammered a 93-ball 77 and Imam slammed a 72-ball 72 before the hosts lost track in the middle overs, enabling them post their sixth successive half-centuries in the 50-over format.

Pakistan were cruising along at 187-2, with Babar primed to hit his fourth century in as many ODIs, but the 27-year-old was removed in the 36th over by Akeal Hosein.

Babar, who broke South African batsman Hashim Amla’s record for most runs scored in an ODI innings with 86, fell 23 runs shy of joining Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara as the only men’s ODI batsmen with century in four straight innings.

He had set the tone with a 120-run second-wicket stand with Imam before the left-handed batsman was run out going for a single without looking at his still-standing partner.

The West Indies disrupt Pakistan with Babar’s wicket, collecting five wickets for 20 runs in 23 balls, with Hosein (3-52) and Alzarri Joseph (2-33) taking the spoils.

Mohammad Haris, who made his ODI debut on Wednesday, scored only six runs before succumbing to Joseph’s short ball, while wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored 15 runs before being bowled by Akeal.

Shadab Khan, an all-rounder who was hugged and honoured by a pitch invader during the game, hit 22 runs, while Mohammad Nawaz only managed three.

Khushdil Shah (22), Mohammad Wasim (17 not out), and Shaheen Shah Afridi (15 not out) all helped the team reach 275 runs.

In response, the West Indies had already lost Shai Hope (centurion in the previous match). Kyle Mayers (33) and Shamarh Brooks (42) combined for 67 runs to pull the visitors back into the game.

In the midst of their middle and late batting order collapsing, Nicholas Pooran scored 25 runs.

Toss

Pakistan won the toss and choose to bat first

Squads

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf

West Indies: Brandon King, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran (c), Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hossain, Rovman Powell, Shamarah Brooks, Kyle Mayers, Hayden Walsh Jr, Alzarri Joseph, Anderson Phillip

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Sahir Imran is Sports Editor at Pakistan Lounge and joined in December 2019. Formerly sports reporter at a local news channel

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