Spinner Nawaz lifts Pakistan to big win over West Indies
“We were confident at the break that we could defend this,” Babar said. “Nawaz took wickets at crucial times. We were under pressure after the first 10 overs but really happy with the way we fought back.” Brooks and Myers batted aggressively against fast bowlers and added a rapid 67 runs off 54 balls despite Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissing first-match century-maker Shai Hope for just 4 in the first over.
“I was focusing on the basics and the pitch assisted me,'' Nawaz said. “The ball was turning, we had an idea in the first innings, particularly after I got out ... I want to do well as an all-rounder and improve day by day.'' Earlier, Babar, who won the toss and chose to bat on another sweltering hot day in Multan, and Imam added 130 runs for the second-wicket stand after Fakhar Zaman yet again fell cheaply for 17.
Imam had nearly made his ground at the non-striker's end but Babar was ball watching instead of responding to Imam's call.
Babar, who scored a century in a five-wicket win on Wednesday, fell to Hosein's sharp turning delivery and offered a tame return catch off a leading edge to the bowler as Pakistan lost four quick wickets in space of 20 runs.
Hosein clean bowled Mohammad Rizwan (15) around his legs and Nawaz (3) was caught in the leg slip with Mohammad Haris' run-a-ball six-run knock ended when he gloved Alzarri Joseph (2-33) to wicketkeeper Hope.
Left-handed Khushdil Shah couldn't repeat his power-hitting from Wednesday, when he carried Pakistan home with a superb unbeaten 41 off 23 balls, and was clean bowled by Anderson Phillip for a struggling 22 off 31 balls in the penultimate over as West Indies gave away just 67 runs in the last 10 overs.
“Tough day for us,'' Pooran said after yet again failing with the bat. “Credit must be given to Nawaz who bowled really well. It was definitely a challenging wicket (and) there were some soft dismissals, it wasn't our day.''
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