An­other big loss

Windies con­cede se­ries de­spite im­proved show­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

DAR­REN BRAVO and Mar­lon Sa­muels stroked half-cen­turies in an im­proved West Indies per­for­mance, but the Caribbean side were still dis­tinctly sec­ond best, slump­ing to a 59-run loss to Pak­istan in the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) to con­cede the three-match se­ries here yes­ter­day.

Af­ter a woe­ful per­for­mance in last Fri­day’s first ODI, West Indies dis­played more fight this time around, but Pak­istan’s tar­get of 338 was al­ways well be­yond their reach and they buck­led un­der the bur­den of a ris­ing re­quired run rate and de­clined to 278 for seven, to lose their fifth straight game on tour.

Left-han­der Bravo top-scored with an at­trac­tive 61 off 74 de­liv­er­ies, while veteran righthander Mar­lon Sa­muels struck 57 off 52 balls. Opener Kraigg Brath­waite chipped in with a dogged 39 and wick­et­keeper De­nesh Ramdin, 34.

LIT­TLE HOPE

At 194 for three in the 38th over, West Indies re­tained some hope – al­beit faint – of over­haul­ing their tar­get, es­pe­cially with Sa­muels and Ramdin at the crease and the likes of Car­los Brath­waite and Kieron Pol­lard still to come. But three wick­ets tum­bled for 37 runs in the space of 29 balls to leave the Windies on 231 for six in the 43rd over and Ja­son Holder’s un­beaten 31 off 26 balls was only of aca­demic im­por­tance at the end.

Ear­lier, Babar Azam spear­headed Pak­istan’s charge with Bravo ... hit top score of 61. his sec­ond straight hun­dred, as the hosts cap­i­talised on a poor bowl­ing ef­fort to pile up 337 for five off their 50 overs – the third-high­est ever to­tal in an ODI at Sharjah Cricket Sta­dium.

Babar, bat­ting at num­ber three, stroked 123 from 126 de­liv­er­ies to fol­low up his 120 in the open­ing game last Fri­day at the same venue, while veteran right-han­der Shoaib Ma­lik struck 90 off 84 balls and Sar­fraz Ahmed, an un­beaten 60 off 47 balls.

Pak­istan were in a spot of bother at 40 for two in the fifth over be­fore Babar and Shoaib took the game away from West Indies in a record third-wicket stand of 169.

Babar struck nine fours and a six, while Shoaib was ag­gres­sor, smash­ing three fours and six sixes be­fore per­ish­ing in the 34th over.

Seamer Holder fin­ished with two for 51, while debu­tant fast­bowler Alzarri Joseph picked up two for 62.

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Sa­muels .. struck 57 off 52 balls.

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