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Cricket: Pk wins 2nd T20I against WI

KARACHI: Cricket Team of West Indies failed to successfully chase the 173 runs target posted by Green Shirts here on Tuesday (14th of December, 2021).

It may be recalled that the Green Shirts had beaten West Indies by 63 runs in the 1st T20I that was also played at National Stadium here on Monday (13th of December, 2021).

Muhammad Rizwan’s bat yielded 78 runs (including ten fours) off 52 balls. He was dismissed in 15th over. Haider Ali contributed 68 runs (that happens to be his career best) towards the grand total of 200 at the loss of 6 wickets.

Captain Babar Azam was dismissed for a golden duck in the first over. Four overs later Fakhar Zaman too was sent packing. He managed to muster a humble ten runs up. Muhammad Nawaz, who faced 10 balls scored 30 with the help of three 4s and two sixes.

Earlier, the guests, who were chasing Pakistan’s 200 runs score, were sent back to the pavilion for 137. While Shai Hope scored 31 runs Rovman Powell managed to get 23 runs.

They failed to make use of the last over. Shadab Khan dismissed three, Haris Rauf took one scalp, Mohammad Nawaz and Shaheen Shah Afridi sent two batters back while Mohammad Wasim  dismissed four.

Teams: 
Pakistan: Babar Azam (Skipper), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir.

West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (Skipper), Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Rovman Powell.

COVID-19 forces West Indies to postpone ODI series against Pakistan: 

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have issued a joint statement after five more positive cases were reported in the West Indies camp following Wednesday’s PCR testing, raising the total number of positive cases to nine since their arrival in Karachi on 9th December.

“On Thursday morning and as part of the PCB COVID-19 Protocols, Rapid Antigen tests were conducted on the remaining 15 West Indies players and six player support personnel. All 21 members of the West Indies touring party returned negative test result. As such, Thursday’s T20 International (T20I) proceeded as planned.

“However, taking into consideration both the teams’ welfare as well as limited resources in the West Indies side for the ODIs, it has been agreed that the series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket Word Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022.

“This will provide the West Indies with an equal opportunity to field their best available players for the World Cup qualification matches.

“The West Indies team members, who returned negative results following Wednesday’s PCR and today’s Rapid Antigen tests, will depart from Pakistan after tonight’s match. Those who have tested positive will complete their isolation in Karachi before their travel arrangements are finalised to allow them to rejoin their families in time for Christmas celebrations.

“Meanwhile, the Pakistan team members, all of whom have returned PCR negative after Wednesday’s tests, will also be leaving the Managed Event Environment after tonight’s third T20I.

“The CWI would like to thank the PCB for its excellent series arrangements and appreciates its support in rescheduling the ODI series in June 2022.”

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Sana Mehmood

Sana Mahmood studied Business and Finance from Karachi and writes on a number of subjects particularly activities in Bourse etc.