PAK vs AUS 2nd ODI: Babar Azam and Imam’s smoky innings helped Pakistan achieve the target of 349 runs

new Delhi. Pakistan on Thursday named its captain Babar Azam (Babar Azam) and imam ul haq Thanks to the centuries of (Imam Ul Haq), the target of 349 runs from Australia was achieved with 6 balls to spare. Australia played this second ODI match of the series played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.PAK vs AUS 2nd ODI) scored 348 runs in the stipulated 50 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Pakistan achieved the target by scoring 352 runs for 4 wickets in 49 overs. With this win, Pakistan leveled the 3-match ODI series 1-1. The third and final ODI of the series will be played at the same ground in Lahore on Saturday, April 2.

Babar Azam scored 114 runs in 83 balls. Apart from him, Imam-ul-Haq scored 106 runs in 97 balls hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes. Imam made an opening partnership of 118 runs with Fakhar Zaman. After this, sharing 111 runs for the second wicket with Babar Azam, the team’s score reached 229 runs. Babar then extended the innings with Mohammad Rizwan and the duo added 80 runs for the third wicket. Babar returned to the pavilion on the team’s score of 309 when Nathan Ellis got him caught by Marnus Labuschagne. Adam Zampa took 2 wickets for Australia but conceded 71 runs in 10 overs. Nathan Ellis and Marcus Stoinis also got 1-1 wickets.

Earlier, the first century of Ben McDermott’s career and his big century partnership with opener Travis Head made Australia a big total of 348 for 8 in the second one-day international against Pakistan on Thursday. Playing his fourth ODI, McDermott made 104 runs in 108 balls with the help of 10 fours and four sixes, besides a 162-run partnership for the second wicket with Head (89 runs in 70 balls, six fours and five sixes) Due to which Australia made its biggest score on Pakistani soil. Apart from these two, Marnus Labuschagne scored 59 while Marcus Stoinis scored 49 runs.

Earlier, Australia had scored 324 for the most eight wickets against Pakistan on their last tour in Karachi in November 1998. Pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, who took four wickets for 63 runs. Mohammad Wasim also took two wickets for 56 runs.

After losing the toss and opting to bat, Australia had a poor start and they lost the wicket of captain Aaron Finch (0) on the third ball of the match, which Afridi made leg before. Head and McDermott then kept Pakistan’s bowlers out of success for 24 overs and made quick runs during this period. Zahid Mahmood broke this partnership by getting Head caught by Afridi.

McDermott and Labuschagne kept the run pace after Head was dismissed. Both shared a 74-run partnership for the third wicket. McDermott completed the first century of his career in 102 balls with a six on Khushdil Shah. McDermott, however, soon thereafter became Mohammad Wasim’s first ODI victim. He gave a catch to Haris Rauf on full toss. Labuschagne also returned to the pavilion on the ball of Khushdil after completing his half-century. He hit 5 fours while facing 49 balls. Stoinis and Sean Abbott (28 runs in 16 balls) then took the team’s score close to 350 runs. Stoinis hit five fours and a six in his 33-ball innings.

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