Saturday June 11, 2022

Nawaz grabs four wickets, leads Pakistan to series win over West Indies

Nawaz grabs four wickets, leads Pakistan to series win over West Indies

Mohammad Nawaz (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Rovman Powell (second L) during the second ODI match at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Friday. AFP

West Indies stumbled against left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz as Pakistan recorded a thumping 120-run victory in the second ODI on Friday.

On a slow wicket where the ball gripped and spun, Nawaz recorded career-best figures of 4-18 to bowl out the West Indies for 155 with more than 17 overs to spare.

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (77) and Imam-ul-Haq (72) continued their sublime batting form and scored half centuries before Akeal Hosein bagged 3-52 to restrict the home team to 275-8.

Shamarh Brooks top-scored with 42 and Kyle Myers added 33 against the pace before Nawaz ran through the top-order to give Pakistan an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Brooks and Myers batted aggressively against fast bowlers and added a rapid 67 runs off 54 balls despite Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissing first-match century-maker Shai Hope for just 4 in the first over.

Mohammad Wasim Jr. (3-34), replacing Hasan Ali in the Pakistan XI, broke through when he clean bowled Myers before Nawaz had Brandon King bowled off his fourth ball.

Nawaz grabs four wickets, leads Pakistan to series win over West Indies Babar Azam (L) and Imam-ul Haq run between the wickets during the second ODI match. AFP

Nawaz extracted sharp turn and also accounted for the wickets of Brooks, who was trapped lbw and then had Rovman Powell (10) and skipper Nicholas Pooran’s (25) wickets in one over.

Wasim and Shadab Khan (2-40) then wrapped up the tail quickly to give Pakistan a massive win.

Earlier, Babar, who won the toss and chose to bat on another sweltering hot day in Multan, and Imam added 130 runs for the second-wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman yet again fell cheaply for 17.

It was nothing dramatic, just the usual platform-building, but as so often happens when these two are on song, it looked like there was no breaking that stand.

Pakistan were fortunate enough to win the toss and not have to put their bowlers through another rigorous day out in the heat.

Babar shared fourth consecutive century partnership in ODIs with Imam but just when it looked like the game would drift away from the West Indies, Imam got run out in a mix-up with his skipper.

Imam had nearly made his ground at the non-striker’s end but Babar was ball watching instead of responding to Imam’s call.

Babar looked to pace the innings in testing conditions with the temperature touching to 45 degree Celsius as the West Indies came back strongly in the latter half of the Pakistan innings.

Babar, who scored a century in a five-wicket win on Wednesday, fell to Hosein’s sharp turning delivery and offered a tame return catch off a leading edge to the bowler as Pakistan lost four quick wickets in space of 20 runs.

Hosein clean bowled Mohammad Rizwan (15) around his legs and Nawaz (3) was caught in the leg slip with Mohammad Haris’ run-a-ball six-run knock ended when he gloved Alzarri Joseph (2-33) to wicketkeeper Hope.

Nawaz grabs four wickets, leads Pakistan to series win over West Indies Shadab Khan hugs an pitch invader during the second ODI match in Multan. AP / AFP

Left-handed Khushdil Shah couldn’t repeat his power-hitting from Wednesday, when he carried Pakistan home with a superb unbeaten 41 off 23 balls, and was clean bowled by Anderson Phillip for a struggling 22 off 31 balls in the penultimate over as West Indies gave away just 67 runs in the last 10 overs.

The series was initially scheduled to be played in Rawalpindi but was moved to Multan at the last minute.

The series against the West Indies was rescheduled from December 2021, due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Caribbean side, to June this year.

The three-match series is part of One-Day Super League — qualification round of the 2023 World Cup — in which each match carries ten points.

The last time the two teams met in a bilateral affair for 50-over internationals was in September 2016 when Pakistan hosted West Indies in the UAE for a three-match series. Pakistan were dominant as they put up big targets in excess of 300 twice and 285 in the first ODI.


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