PAK vs WI: ‘Good performances give you confidence’, feels Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq after win over West Indies
PAK vs WI: Imam-ul-Haq, the Player of the Series in Pakistan’s three-match ODI series against the West Indies, believes that such performances increase a player’s confidence.
Pakistan’s lower middle-order batting passed a stern test on Sunday, helping the host side win the third One-Day International by 53 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method and sweep the series against the West Indies 3-0. In the third One-Day International, Imam-ul-Haq scored 62 runs. He had previously scored 65 and 72 runs in the first and second One-Day Internationals, respectively.
“It feels very nice, I was working very hard on the process. It feels special, feel happy to play with this bunch of players. (Improving strike-rate) I haven’t changed too much,” said Imam-ul-Haq in a post-match presentation.
“Good performances give you the confidence. (On his partnerships with Babar Azam) It’s special, it’s an 11-year friendship, we know each others’ strength and weakness. We talk a lot. Run-outs are part of this game and it was his fault,” he added.
Pakistan went from 85 for no loss in the 17th over to a perilous 117 for five in the 25th over before recovering to record a dominant 269 for nine in the third ODI, which was paused for roughly an hour owing to a dust storm, reducing the match to 48 overs a side.
The bowlers subsequently held off the West Indies’ counter-offensive, dismissing them for 216 in 37.2 overs. In a 37-ball 60, Akeal Hosein fought alone, hitting two fours and six sixes, while Keacy Carty scored 33 and Shai Hope and Keemo Paul each contributed 21 runs.