Babar Azam’s superlative ton helps Pakistan to win against West Indies by 59 runs

The second game of the series between Pakistan and West Indies was played at Sharjah. The hosts did prove to be too good for the visitors as Babar Azam’s second consecutive ton helped them win the second game of the series by a margin of 59 runs.

Azhar Ali won the toss for Pakistan and opted to bat first. Jason Holder dismissed Azhar Ali for 9 while debutant Alzarri Joseph out foxed Sharjeel Khan to leave the side placed at 40 for 2 after 5 overs. Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik came to the crease at a crucial moment and put on 169 runs to take Pakistan towards a commanding position in the game. Malik was the aggressor in the partnership with Azam as he struck 90 runs off 84 balls that included three consecutive sixes off left arm spinner Suleiman Benn. Malik fell just ten runs short of his hundred as Sunil Narine dismissed him to take his first wicket of the game. Azam continued to be unflustered by the happenings at the other end as he went on to notch up his second consecutive ton of the series. He scored 123 runs off 126 balls.He struck nine fours and one six in his innings. He kept the scoreboard ticking at a nice rate to allow Sarfaraz Ahmed to press on the side’s total over 330 runs in the innings. Sarfaraz also played well for his unbeaten 60 runs off 47 balls to see Pakistan end up with 337 runs from their 50 overs.

West Indies have not been their best in the series as the chase once again started poorly as left arm pacer Mohammad Amir dismissed opener Johnson Charles for 2.Darren Bravo came to the crease under pressure and added 89 runs with opener Kraigg Brathwaite. Sarfaraz Ahmed with his brilliant glove work meant that Brathwaite was gone for 39 runs off 66 balls. Bravo played well for his 61 runs off 74 balls before he was run out by fielder Hasan Ali in the 28th over. Marlon Samuels also found some as he scored 57 runs off 52 balls while there was flurry of wickets at the other end to see West Indies manage 278 runs from their 50 overs to see Pakistan win the game by 59 runs.

 

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