Australian batsman Marnus Labushcagne has congratulated Babar Azam on his second ODI centenary, saying he learned some things from Babar’s innings for his own game. Pakistan won the second ODI against Australia by six wickets tying the series of three ODI games on a 1-1 score line.
The ongoing three-game ODI series between Australia and Pakistan has been an exciting event for spectators to watch as the series decider plays out in Lahore. However, in the second ODI, Pakistani captain Babar Azam scored a century to orchestrate a 349 chase. Beating first, Australia posted a whopping 348/8 through 104 runs from Ben McDermott.
Pakistan started the hunt in response and their first order fared very well. Fakhar Zaman scored 67 points while Imam-ul-Haq plundered 106 points. Babar Azam played a 114-point shot and orchestrated the chase. Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne praised Babar for his innings saying he learned a few things about his game by watching the innings.
“I enjoyed every minute of watching – it’s a shame it was against us. It was a really good round. I sat down and took some things on board for my own game to learn from this round,” Labuschagne told reporters. after the game.
“To score 100 from 73 balls, he barely took a wrong foot. It was just phenomenal.”
Labuschagne further added that firing Babar Azam early in Game 3 of the series will be important for the team to win the game and the series.
“I think if we can find a way to get him out earlier, put a little more pressure on the mid-to-lower order, we have a chance,” he said.
The third and final ODI of the series is currently being played in Lahore and the result will decide the winner of the series.
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