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“Illegal fielding”, Pakistan penalized five runs for Babar Azam’s mistake in the second ODI against West Indies

Pakistan wrapped up the ODI series against West Indies by winning the second ODI by 120 runs. While it was a dominant performance by the hosts, there was a moment when they lost concentration. They opted for a bizarre tactic that led to a penalty of five runs. In the second ODI against West Indies, Pakistan was penalized five runs for Babar Azam‘s mistake on the field. We take a look at more about this in this article.

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Pakistan penalized five runs for Babar Azam’s mistake

Being held in Multan, the second ODI promised to be an engaging encounter after the first innings. Despite a good start, the hosts were restricted to 275 and hence, West Indies was in the game. However, Mohammad Nawaz had a terrific night and the target became a big task for the visitors. In the end, Pakistan cruised to a 120 runs victory in the game.

However, this could have been a 125-run victory if not for a minor blip in concentration by the team. While fielding, captain Babar Azam used the wicket-keeper’s gloves. However, as per the law, only the player behind the stumps is allowed to make use of it. Hence, Pakistan was given a penalty of five runs. Although it did not affect the chances of Pakistan, the team would be wary of this in future games.

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The hosts are in excellent form

Pakistan is in brilliant form at the moment. While they won the first game despite chasing a 300+ total, they clinched a victory by defending a par score in the second ODI. The batters were in good form in the first game and it was the bowlers who stepped up in the second.

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Babar Azam is in fine form in this series as well. He has already got a hundred and a half-century with a game to go. With the series wrapped up, the management could make a few changes for the final game.

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