Twitter Reactions: Pakistan seal the series with another convincing win

Twitter Reactions: Pakistan seal the series with another convincing win

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Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam (L) celebrates with teammate Sarfraz Ahmed (R) during the 2nd ODI match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on October 2, 2016. (Photo credit KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI was once again all about the hosts. Having won the toss Azhar Ali was certain they wanted to bat first. In the previous game, the West Indians had failed to stand up again from the pressure they were put under by the Pakistani bowlers.

It was a similar story this time as well. Batting first Babar Azam & Co. ensured they put a mountain of a target – 337, ahead of the visitors and they were never quite in contention to win it.

Azhar failed once again and scored just nine runs more than he did in the last game and it was Babar who did the bulk of the scoring for them once again. Sharjeel Khan played for a bit but was dismissed for 24 off 27. The centurion from the previous game found an able partner in senior-pro Shoaib Malik who first focused on sticking around and then took the attack on back to the opponents.

They didn’t let any of the West Indian bowlers settle in and constantly attacked them to dictate their terms. Babar once again scored a ton, his second in consecutive games and his international career. Malik was unlucky to get out for 90 which he scored off 84 balls with the help of 3 boundaries and 6 sixes.

The former kept going well after his hundred and walked back only after scoring 123 runs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed also joined the party and hit some delicious shots to the boundary. He played a quick-fire knock of 60 from 47 balls during which he dispatched seven deliveries to the ropes.

West Indies in their response tried to hold on and kept delaying the charge. Dwayne Bravo scored a fifty and so did Marlon Samuels but they took a lot of time for it which wasn’t at their convenience in a chase like this. Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard also had start but got out at the time they should have shifted gears.

In the end, it appeared like they held the onslaught for a little too late and the opportunity never really arrived. Pakistan dropped a lot of catches and against a more competitive team would have cost them the game, but Windies just weren’t there and in the end lost the game by 59 runs.

Here is how Twitter reacted right through the game: