After winning the toss, West Indies elected to bowl first. Right from the onset the West Indies bowlers lengths were spot on and they were hard to get away. Pakistan struggled to get runs and lost regular wickets, but Babar Azam laid anchor with a brilliant 125*, before accelerating late in the innings alongside Imad Wasim to take Pakistan to 282.
In reply, West Indies started aggressively, before losing a quick flurry of wickets to collapse to 75/6, before Nurse and Holder led a revival. However it just wasn't enough and the West Indies eventually collapsed to 208 to set up a series levelling win for Pakistan.
Ahmed Shehzad – 2/10
After a relatively slow paced innings in the first ODI, the onus was upon Shehzad to perform in this game. He was out early caught down the leg side. Some may argue it’s an unlucky way to go, but I believe you make your own luck. Prior to his dismissal he once again soaked up a lot of dot balls. If he hasn’t learnt after 7 years of playing at the top, when will he?
Kamran Akmal – 3.5/10
Similar to Shehzad, Kamran was also caught down the leg-side today. Whilst he was at the crease he showed a bit more fluency. The pressure will be on him in the third and final ODI to nail up a big score, as he hasn’t done so far.
Babar Azam – 10/10
Finishing on 125*, it’s very difficult not to give Babar a 10/10. The pitch today was slightly slower compared to the first one, and I felt Babar assessed conditions brilliantly. After his 50 he did slightly slow down, however, that was due to wickets constantly falling around him. Once he was in a settled partnership he did open up and towards the end of the innings, he increased his rate through power hitting.
Mohammad Hafeez – 7/10
After an 88 in the first ODI, Hafeez was moved down to number 4. He once again played a slow paced innings, which really disturbed the momentum and flow of the innings. I still feel as if he’s playing for his spot rather then the team. At times he doesn’t even look to rotate strike, which I feel is very odd. With the ball he took 2 wickets and was his usual self in restricting the batsmen.
Shoaib Malik – 2/10
It was a rare off day for Malik. He was beaten by a brilliant leg-spin delivery by Bishoo. He generally plays spin really well but today lost his wicket to them. He walked in at a decent position at 113-3 and one where you expect him to do well.
Sarfaraz Ahmed – 5/10
I’ve always said Sarfaraz is a middle overs batsman. Today he had the chance to bat a few more overs then usual and proved my thoughts scoring 25 off 25. Yes he lost his wicket, but whilst he was at the crease he was positive and played the spinners well. His game is ideal for the number 4 position and he is NOT a power hitter.
Imad Wasim – 8.5/10
Coming in to this innings Imad has had a string of poor performances with the bat. Today he played his role as a finisher brilliantly scoring 43 at a strike rate of 122. He must now show consistency with the bat and continue on with such a performance. With the ball he kept the run scoring low but once again failed to provide an attacking option. Throughout his spell he did however show that he has learnt to spin the ball, even though it was very subtle.
Shadab Khan – 6/10
Like Malik, it was a rare off-performance for Shadab who just couldn’t get his length right. He bowled the odd brilliant delivery, but mixed it up with a lot of full tosses and shorter balls. A lack of consistency is something you expect with a leg-spinner so Pakistani fans must be patient with him. He will have the odd bad day but his good will outweigh his bad.
Hasan Ali – 10/10
After going for over 100 in the ODI before this series and then following it up with a disappointing performance in the first ODI, Hasan must have been pressure coming in to this ODI. He once again proved he can come back from difficult times producing a wonderful spell of bowling to rip up the West Indies batting line up. He took the older ball today and generated a lot of inswing, which troubled the batsmen. With such little experience Hasan is proving to be one of Pakistan’s best limited overs bowlers.
Mohammed Amir – 6.5/10
It was good to see Amir get some swing with the new ball. This is when he’s at his best. He was relatively economical throughout his spell today and took the important wicket of the dangerous Lewis early on. It was only at the death he was slightly expensive. Since his comeback to the side he hasn’t performed too well at the death so it’s something he has to work on.
Junaid Khan – 4/10
Replacing the expensive Riaz, Junaid didn’t have the best of days with the ball. He took a wicket early on in his spell but other then that was slightly expensive. In 2013 Junaid was one of the top ODI bowlers in the World, but since hasn’t had a productive year. That’s mainly due to a knee injury and since then he hasn’t looked himself.
Babar, Hasan set up series levelling win
Babar, Hasan set up series levelling win
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