Babar Azam stars as Pakistan wins the 1st ODI against WI

Babar Azam's ton helps Pakistan chase down the target. Image : AFP

Babar Azam's ton helps Pakistan chase down the target. Image : AFP

Khusdil Shah’s late blows guaranteed Shai Hope’s hundred years and Shamarh Brooks’ 70 went to no end as Pakistan upgraded West Indies’ 305 in an exhilarating completion at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Babaz Azam stroked his seventeenth ODI century, and was very much upheld by half-hundreds of years from Imam ul Haq and Mohammad Rizwan in the run pursue as the hosts got a five-wicket win to go one-up in the one-day global series.

Choosing for bat, West Indies started off very well notwithstanding losing Kyle Mayers early. Trust and Brooks sewed a consistent 154-run represent the second wicket before the last option withdrew in the 31st over, getting a thick external edge to a trudge clear off Mohammad Nawaz, which traveled to Shadab Khan at diminutive third man all things considered. Streams, who was the assailant of the two at first, was at that point dropped off Nawaz’s bowling while at the same time batting on 16. The team, in any case, kept on playing at a comparative speed, pivoting the strike well and tracking down the odd limits.

With wickets in hands and the chance open of taking the forceful course, Brooks endeavors to go for a major one had blown up. Yet, Nicholas Pooran got some margin to subside into that job. The southpaw siphoned three sixes in his short stay at the wrinkle, however was before long gotten at profound square leg, on 21, while endeavoring a fourth. Haris Rauf, notwithstanding being costly, continued to contribute with wickets towards the last option part of West Indies’ innings. The pacer returned figures of 4 for 77, one of which was Shai Hope, who was tidied up for 127 in the 44th over. The guests neglected to build up speed in spite of crushing a few major blows.

Accordingly, Pakistan were as smooth in their pursue losing Fakhar Zaman on 11. Imam and Babar were more controlled with their strokeplay and even as they didn’t track down limits as effectively, they turned the strike well among them and rushed to capitalize on the scoring valuable open doors. The team sewed a 103-run represent the second wicket before the previous’ endeavored switch clear of Akeal Hosein achieved his ruin.

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Indeed, even before West Indies could set the hosts in a place of tension, Babar broke two or three limits in the following over to guarantee Pakistan’s innings didn’t crash. In the organization of Mohammad Rizwan, Babar was occupied at the wrinkle, running a few speedy singles. He raised his 100 years with a touch towards the third man district for a limit, which likewise started Pakistan’s difference in goal. Three balls later, Rizwan swung across the line and hit Hayden Walsh for a huge six.

Rizwan proceeded to raise his fifty a couple of balls later, yet both the set players left not long after arriving at their particular individual milestones. West Indies controlled just a little from there on, yet Khushdil Shah broke free in the 47th over, clubbing Romario Shepherd for three continuous sixes to get his group back conflict. Two overs later, he again went hard at Shepherd, pounding him for a limit and a six in a 15-run over, prior to polishing the pursuit off with another six – this time off Jayeden Seales – to take Pakistan over the line with four balls in excess.

Brief Score : West Indies 305/8 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 127, Shamarh Brooks 70; Haris Rauf 4-77, Shaheen Afridi 2-55) lost to Pakistan 306/5 in 49.2 overs (Babar Azam 103, Imam ul Haq 65; Alzarri Joseph 2-55) by 5 wickets.

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