Run-Machine Babar Azam continued to shine with the bat for Pakistan, scoring another half-century that helped host West Indies Juggernaut in the second ODI in Multan.
Run-Machine Babar Azam
Pakistan captain Babar Azam continued his outstanding form, becoming the first men’s international cricketer to record nine consecutive fifty-plus scores in all three formats of cricket. With his 77 against West Indies in the 2nd ODI at Multan, Babar Azam became the holder of the longest slash of 50+ scores for any batsman in men’s international cricket. Pakistan beat West Indies by 120 runs to take a conclusive 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series on Friday. In the previous match, Babar Azam scored a brilliant century to help his team run after the target of 306 runs.
These are Babar’s past nine scores in all formats of cricket:
196 vs Australia (2nd Test – started on March 12)
67, 55 vs Australia (3rd Test – started on March 21)
57 vs Australia (1st ODI – March 29)
114 vs Australia (2nd ODI – March 31)
105 not out vs Australia (3rd ODI – April 2)
66 vs Australia (Only T20I – April 5)
103 vs West Indies (1st ODI – June 8)
77 vs West Indies (2nd ODI – June 10)
Going into the second ODI, Babar Azam had the opportunity to become only the second player after Kumar Sangakkara to score four consecutive centuries in ODIs. But Babar Azam got out for 77 runs.
This was the Pakistan captain’s sixth consecutive innings of 50+ scores in ODIs.
On Friday, half-centuries from Babar and Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan post 275 for eight in 50 overs.
In reply, West Indies lost wickets at consistent intervals and Mohammad Nawaz took part. The Pakistan spinner made a comeback with 4 for 19 in 10 overs as West Indies were shorten to 155 in 32.2 overs.