Player of the Match
Player of the Match
278dThe Report by Nikhil Kalro

Azam, Malik inspire Pakistan's series win

Pakistan sealed the ODI series with another clinical win against West Indies, built on the back of a 169-run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Babar Azam
Babar Azam
123(126) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 24 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
3 1 13 8 37 16 12 33
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
90(84) 3x4 - 6x6
Control %89%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 45 runs
  • 0x4 - 5x6
0 5 10 3 2 10 48 12

Best performances - Bowlers

Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz
O10
M0
R48
W2
Eco4.80
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JO Holder
JO Holder
O8
M1
R51
W2
Eco6.37
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 3-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

02 October 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan

END OF OVER:
50 | 4 Runs | WI: 278/7 (60 runs required, RR: 5.56)

  • Sunil Narine1 (5b)
  • Jason Holder31 (26b)
  • Mohammad Nawaz7-0-39-0
  • Imad Wasim10-0-62-1

11.05pm That wraps up a comprehensive win for Pakistan. They win the series as a result, with one to play. Another superb day for them, and they in fact did a few things better than in the first ODI. To start off, they made use of the good platform laid upfront and made sure to finish strongly, unlike in the previous match, where they lost some significant ground. The innings, of course, was built on the back of the partnership between Babar Azam, who sweated his way to his second consecutive century, and Shoaib Malik, as well as the late fireworks from Sarfraz Ahmed. Pakistan's ground fielding was top notch but they spilled way too many catches. But the cushion of runs helped them prevail.

The big victory margin means they won't exactly be sweating over it, but it's an issue that needs to be addressed, nonetheless. But all in all, a fine performance. It was always going to be hard for West Indies to bounce back once they were batted out of the contest. A 3-0 sweep will, in all likelihood help Pakistan displace West Indies, currently No. 8, in the ODI rankings.

Presentation:

Azhar Ali: It was a wonderful team effort. We needed a partnership after losing two wickets in three balls. Azam and Malik set the base with intelligent batting; they assessed the conditions well. It was a perfect innings from both of them. Everyone is fired up because we know every game is important. We've made a lot of improvements, but could have had a perfect game had we taken our catches.

Babar Azam is the Man of the Man for his scintillating century. "I wanted to play out the overs. That was the target given to me by the coach, and I'm happy to have achieved it," he says. "There was not much pressure on me because of the way Shoaib Malik played. Fitness is important to play in weather like this."

Jason Holder: It's obviously an improved performance, but we would have been better off, perhaps chasing a smaller total had we avoided giving away boundary balls. It was difficult to come in and hit from ball one. The likes of Wahab and Amir made it difficult for our hitters. There's still something to play for. Points are very close, so every win counts.

49.6
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Narine, no run, tries to go big over the leg side and makes no contact
49.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Holder, 1 run, fuller ball, driven to extra cover
49.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Narine, 1 run, tucked behind square
49.3
0
Mohammad Nawaz to Narine, no run, another drop. Narine tries to slog but miscues it to midwicket who spills it. It was hit extremely hard, so tough chance
49.3
1w
Mohammad Nawaz to Narine, 1 wide, bowled down the leg side and called a wide
49.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Holder, 1 run, stays on the backfoot and drops it wide of covers for a single

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3J CharlesKC Brathwaite
2nd89DM BravoKC Brathwaite
3rd35MN SamuelsDM Bravo
4th67MN SamuelsD Ramdin
5th15D RamdinKA Pollard
6th22KA PollardCR Brathwaite
7th42KA PollardJO Holder
8th5SP NarineJO Holder