About the Match
Pakistan won the second match against West Indies to take the series 2-0 after posting a challenging target of 337 and going on to defending it successfully; the two teams will now play the 3rd ODI at Abu Dhabi on 5th October. Although a dead rubber, West Indies will try to redeem itself with a much-needed win here; on the other hand Pakistan could prove to be a tough unit to crack as they will be motivated to make this a 3-0 whitewash after doing the same in the recently concluded T20 series.
Babar Azam continued on his superb batting streak as he posted 123 runs to build a solid foundation for the hosts batting first against West Indies in the second ODI. Middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik also displayed class as he scored 90 runs to steer the team to a gigantic 337. Sarfraz Ahmed and Sharjeel Khan contributed well with 60 off 47 and 24 off 12 balls respectively while the bowlers put up a tremendous show to defend the total and win the match by 59 runs.
Speedsters Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir took 3 wickets between them while Imad Wasim continued on his wicket-taking skills claiming the wicket of Pollard. In the first ODI, it was spinner Mohammad Nawaz who registered a superb figure of 4-42 and fast-bowler Hasan Ali took 3 wickets to stifle the opponents and help win the match by a thumping 111 runs.
Babar Azam is in great form and stabilizes the top-order while others like Malik and Ahmed can keep the scoreboard ticking. Spinners Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz and Malik have been consistent in their wicket-taking skills while pacers Riaz, Amir and Hasan Ali can also create havoc for the Windies.
Darren Bravo’s 61 off 74 and Marlon Samuels’ 57 off 52 during the chase for 338 runs went in vain as others down the order failed to impress with the bat and they fell short by 59 runs. Kraigg Brathwaite and Denesh Ramdin and Jason Holder tried to contribute with the run-flow but their efforts weren’t enough to stop the Windies from collapsing. Earlier, fast-bowlers Jason Holder and Joseph took 2 wickets each while spinner Narine managed to dismiss one opponent but they gave away too many runs and the batsmen ended up facing an uphill task yet again.
In the first match, Carlos Brathwaite was effective with the ball as he took 3-54 and others picked up a wicket each in regular intervals; chasing down 285 runs, the top-order failed to build steady partnerships and Samuels fought a lone battle by posting a well-made 46. It was slippery slope as the middle order collapsed and they were all-out for just 175 runs on board.
The visitors continue to perform below expectations in the 50-over format and have been unable to stop the Pakistani batting line-up from piling the runs; if the batsmen can put their best foot forward yet again, then surely the team can try to redeem itself on Wednesday.
Pakistan has put up phenomenal performances till now to take the series 2-0 and will leave no stone unturned to make it a clean sweep; West Indies has the resources to bounce back but we feel that the hosts have the psychological advantage to continue with their winning spree