Babar, Hafeez star in Pakistan's hard-fought win

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021
Sports Babar, Hafeez star in Pakistan's hard-fought win

Nicholas Pooran made his highest T20I score of 62 runs off 33 balls, but with no other West Indian striking at a rate above 107, the hosts, chasing 158, went down by seven runs against Pakistan in the second T20I in Guyana. West Indies were strangled by Mohammad Hafeez's accurate offbreaks and Shadab Khan's mix of legbreaks and googlies, and the loss of regular wickets kept them behind in the chase. 

Hafeez's four-over spell at an economy of 1.50 earned him the Player-of-theMatch award, though Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, too, made strong claims to that prize. Azam, the only other half-centurion on the day, scored a 40-ball 51 that helped Pakistan cruise through the middle overs. With Rizwan, who made a 36-ball 46, Azam put on a 67-run second-wicket partnership.

 It set the tone for Pakistan to post a total well beyond the 157 they eventually achieved, but Jason Holder - who picked a four-wicket haul - and Dwayne Bravo kept taking wickets in the death overs to keep the visitors' hardhitting middle and lower order quiet. Brief scores: Pakistan: 157/8 (Azam 51, Rizwan 46, Holder 4-26) West Indies: 150/4 (Pooran 62*, Hafeez 1-6) (Agencies)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Aug 2 2021

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