Babar Azam stars as Pakistan whitewash West Indies.... again

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 5, 2016.

Babar Azam stars as Pakistan whitewash West Indies.... again

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 5, 2016.

by Ahson Afzal
Oct 5, 2016 at 9:52 PM
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    Pakistan followed their dominant 3-0 victory over the West Indies in T20Is, with another 3-0 victory in the ODIs, climbing to 8th in the ICC ODI rankings in the process.

    The star of the series was Babar Azam, who compiled 360 runs in the series by scoring three consecutive tons; no-one has ever scored as many runs in a three match ODI series before. Babar broke some other records as well; he now has the highest number of runs (886) after 18 ODI innings, and will be eyeing 114 in his next two innings to become the fastest to 1000 ODI runs.

    Babar was partnered well by Sarfraz in the first game, who, after starting slowly, went on to make a gutsy fifty, whereas Malik scored a quick fire 90 in the second game, although he was out for single figures in the 1st & 3rd ODIs, while Azhar Ali, being out for 0 & 9 in the first two ODIs, made a 100 in the 3rd. Sharjeel Khan got starts throughout the series, but failed to convert them to big scores.

    The negatives from a Pakistan point of view was their batting in the last 10 overs where they could not accelerate at all, and their poor catching, particularly in the 2nd ODI. However, it is the lack of firepower that the management will be most worried about and Mickey Arthur will definitely be exploring options that can hit out at the end for the Australia series.

    For West Indies, it was just another poor series. Their bowling was not penetrative and their middle-order batsmen just played out too many dots. They started the series well with Gabriel removing Azhar off the very first ball of the series, but after that it was all downhill. With a direct spot at the ICC World Cup 2019 at stake, they will need to make serious improvements when they take the field in Zimbabwe, come November.
     
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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Oct 5, 2016.

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      PAKISTAN CRICKET ICONS CELEBRATE AZAM ACHIEVEMENT

      Pakistan’s Babar Azam has taken the cricketing world by storm, after scoring not one, nor two but three back to back centuries against Calypso Kings, the West Indies yesterday, at Abu Dhabi cricket stadium.

      The youngster has joined the elite club of cricketers shared by Pakistan run machine Saeed Anwar, and Asian Bradman Zaheer Abbas.

      Babar achievement is meaningful in many ways, first it helped Pakistan to achieve a much needed series whitewash, which was essential to ease its direct entry into the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, 2018. Second, it was a signal that Pakistan could still produce match winning batsman, in the likes of other international superstars.

      Pakistan cricket players too were generous in showering their approval towards Azam.

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      chandtara Mr Cricistan

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      The achievement by Babar Azam was applauded by all cricket lovers, including Indian players, as spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, tweeted praising Azam.

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      The cricket governing body, ICC also took to twitter to celebrate Pakistan latest find.

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    3. s_h_a_f
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      s_h_a_f Moderator

      Dec 26, 2011
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      Great stuff by Babar. He looks the real deal..for now.
       

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