All-rounder Mohammad Nawaz bagged four wickets as Pakistan defeated the West Indies by 120 runs in the second One-day International on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing 276, the visitors were bundled out for 155 within 33 overs in Multan as Nawaz excelled with his spin bowling and finished with career-best ODI figures of 4-19.
This was Nawaz’s second career four-wicket haul in 18 appearances after he had taken four for 42 against the same opposition in Sharjah in September 2016. Nawaz’s scalps included Shamarah Brooks (42), Brandon King (0), Nicholas Pooran (25) and Rovman Powell (10).
Shaheen Shah Afridi, as he often does, provided a breakthrough in his first over when he dismissed last match’s centurion Shai Hope (4). But Brooks and Kyle Mayers repaired the damage with 67 runs second-wicket partnership.
Mayers was ruthless on Pakistan’s fast bowlers, punishing them for four fours and two sixes in a 25-ball 33 before Mohammad Wasim disturbed the furniture behind the left-hander.
Mohammad Wasim also chipped in, taking 3-34 on his comeback.
Earlier, captain Babar Azam (77) and opener Imamul Haq (72) formed a formidable partnership of 120 for the second wicket to hand the hosts a par score after they opted to bat.
Azam, who became the first batter in ODI cricket to score three hundreds in as many matches on two occasions on Wednesday, gave a return catch to spinner Akeal Hosein.
Azam, who hit five boundaries and a six, failed to equal Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four hundreds in as many ODIs scored in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Fakhar Zaman suffered his second successive failure when he was dismissed for a 28-ball 17.
This was Imam’s sixth consecutive half-century after he had scored 56 (against England), 103, 106, 89 not out (all against Australia) and 65 (against the West Indies on Friday).
Babar’s dismissal produced a middle order collapse as Pakistan lost wickets of Mohammad Rizwan (15), Mohammad Haris (6) and Mohammad Nawaz (3). However, small contributions by Shadab Khan (22), Khushdil Shah (22), Mohammad Wasim (17 not out) and Shaheen Afridi (15 not out) propelled Pakistan to reach a position from where they could dictate terms.
Pakistan, who won the opening match by five wickets, will look to complete a clean sweep of the series when the third ODI takes place on Sunday.
They have now 10 consecutive ODI series against the West Indies.
The win in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League fixture lifted Pakistan from the pre-series 10th position to fourth spot. They are on equal points with the West Indies on 80, but are placed ahead of the two-time former world champions on net run-rate.