Pakistan registered a dominating win over West Indies, during the second ODI match played at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Pakistan won the match by a convincing margin of 120 runs and now holds an unassailable lead of 2-0 in a three-match ODI series. For the hosts, skipper Babar Azam was yet again excellent with the bat as he scored another half-century and now has stroked sixth consecutive half-centuries in ODIs.
However, an ‘Illegal action’ from Babar Azam during the second innings of the match cost his team a five-run penalty. During the 29th over of the visitor’s innings, the Pakistani skipper was seen to have picked up one of the wicket-keeping gloves of Mohammad Rizwan for some reason and used it to collect a throw.
Babar’s actions on the field were deemed illegal by the match officials, and five extra runs were added to the West Indies’ total. According to clause 28.1 in the laws of cricket, no other fielder apart from the wicketkeeper shall be allowed to wear gloves or external leg guards. The protective gear can only be worn by the fielders after getting approval from the on-field umpires, or else not.
A rare thing happened tonight. West Indies were awarded 5 penalty runs due to illegal fielding by Pakistan.
Laws of cricket:
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 10, 2022
Babar Azam, who is going through a purple patch, failed to convert his fifties into a century as Hosein dismissed him at 77. Pakistan suffered a mini-collapse in the middle over but they still managed to post a fighting 275/8 in 50 overs. Hosein had scalped three wickets for Windies, while Alzarri Joseph and Anderson Phillip took two each.
Earlier, Babar won the toss and decided to bat first against the West Indies in Multan on Friday. The home team, leading 1-0 in the three-match series after winning by five wickets on Wednesday, brought 20-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Junior in place of out-of-form Hasan Ali.