LAHORE - Superb knocks by Sharjeel (138) and Babar Azam (64*) guided Pakistan A to 155-run thrashing victory over victory over visiting Kenya team in the second of the five-match one-day series here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday.

The triumph helped the hosts take 2-0 lead with three one-dayers still to be played. Sharjeel batted brilliantly and hammered 120-ball 138 runs hitting 12 fours and nine sixes. His one-man-show didn’t allow Sami Aslam to show his glimpses as he could score only 19 runs in a 77-run opening stand. Lotino Oluoch then bowled a superb spell as in the 19th over, he claimed two back-to-back wickets, first he removed Sami Aslam and then Fazal Subhan on the very next ball. But Sharjeel continued his supreme show by punishing the Kenyan bowlers at his will. Ably assisted by skipper Fawad Alam, Sharjeel built 128-run partnership for the third wicket stand. Fawad played fine knock of 52 runs off 53 balls wrapped with five fours. After the dismissal of Sharjeel, the team’s total was 205. Babar then came to the crease and took the responsibility of aggressor and smashed 34-ball unbeaten 64 hitting eight fours and two sixes while M Rizwan contributed unbeaten 24, as the green caps’ score after the completion of the innings was 314-4.

Kenya’s could not reply well and they failed to chase a huge target set by the hosts. Shahzaib Ahmed proved wrecker of their innings as the visitors were restricted to 159 in 41.3 overs. Opener Alex Obanda took the attack to Pakistan A, scoring a 31-ball 36, but eventually fell to M Talha. After his dismissal, Kenya team kep on struggling but their defence proved like a sane wall in front of quick-fire Pakistan A bowling. Only Elijiah Otieno resisted Pakistan A bowling line-up and managed to gather 39 runs off 29 balls with the help of five fours and one six, but it was too little to save his team face defeat.

Shahzaib was pick of Pakistan A bowlers as he conceded just 20 runs to clinch three significant wickets in his nine overs while skipper Fawad Alam and M Talha also grabbed two wickets each for 24 and 31 runs respectively.

After the match, star of the match Sharjeel said it was his dream to play in a World Cup and he would try his best to keep his high-scoring momentum up. “With three matches still left in this series, I am quite hopeful about such blistering performances in the remaining matches and try to go for centuries which will enhance my chances of being selected in the national squad. I am striving hard to achieve this goal and I hope with my best performances, I will be able to achieve it soon.”

“The series against Kenya is very beneficial for the players included in the 30-man initial squad as it provides a platform to the players to perform and get a chance to impress the selectors,” Sharjeel added.

Scoreboard

PAKISTAN A:

Sami Aslam c Obanda b Oluoch    19

Sharjeel c Oluoch b Elijah Otieno    138

Fazal Subhan c Ouma b Lucas Oluoch    0

Fawad Alam c Gurudeep b Bhimji    52

Babar Azam not out    64

M Rizwan not out    24

EXTRAS: (lb 8, w 8, nb 1)    17

TOTAL: (4 wckts; 45.0 overs)    314

FOW: 1-77, 2-77, 3-205, 4-252

BOWLING: Elijah Otieno 9-2-49-1, Lucas Oluoch 9-1-40-2, Nelson Odhiambo 9-0-60-0, Jedavji Bhimji 5-0-54-1, James Ngoche 9-0-60-0, Jimmy Kamande 3-0-21-0, Shem Ngoche 1-0-22-0,

KENYA:

Alex Obanda c M Rizwan b M Talha    36

Kennedy Owino c M Rizwan b Fawad    14

Gurudeep Singh lbw Shahzaib    4

Morris Ouma b Raza Hasan    26

Nelson Odhiambo lbw Fawad    15

Jimmy Kamande b Shahzaib    0

Shem Ngoche b Shahzaib    0

Lucas Oluoch b M Talha    11

Elijah Otieno c Saad Ali b Babar    39

James Ngoche b Imran Khan    6

Jedavji Bhimji not out    1

EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 6)    7

TOTAL: (10 wckts; 41.3 overs)    159

FOW: 1-49, 2-59, 3-59, 4-85, 5-86, 6-88, 7-107, 8-122, 9-145, 10-159

BOWLING: M Talha 7-0-31-2, Imran Khan 7-1-34-1, Raza Hasan 9-0-45-1, Fawad Alam 9-0-24-2, Shahzaib Ahmed 9-1-20-3, Babar Azam 0.3-0-4-1.

TOSS: Pakistan A

UMPIRES: Ahmed Shahab, Rashid Riaz

MATCH REFEREE: Aziz-Ur-Rehman

TV UMPIRE: Sajid Afridi