Babar Azam’s maiden ton propels Pakistan to win by 111 runs against West Indies

The woes for West Indies continued as they found no respite despite change in the format as Pakistan came out on top to win the first one day game at Sharjah by 111 runs. Mohammad Nawaz with his left arm spin bagged four wickets as he stole the limelight from Imad Wasim in this game. The rest of Pakistan bowling attack did bowl disciplined lines and lengths to keep the visitors at bay. Pakistan scored 287 runs after batting first on the wicket. The game got reduced to 49 overs apiece due to light issues hampering hosts innings in the middle.

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It was a big day for young batsman Babar Azam who went on to score his maiden hundred to see Pakistan put up a competitive score in the first innings. Sharjeel Khan was brisk as he started off the innings in a grand fashion. He provided the impetus to the innings upfront as timed a 43 ball 54 runs to see Pakistan get off to a good start. Azhar Ali fell early for a duck as he was dismissed by pacer Shannon Gabriel in the first ball of the innings. Azam played well and top scored for Pakistan with 120 runs off 131 balls. There were vital innings played by lower order as Sarfaraz, Imad and Nawaz chipped in runs to take the side reach 287 runs.

West Indies in their reply were poor as they kept losing wickets and failed to adjust to the conditions. Marlon Samuels was the only batsmen who did play well for his 46 runs off 59 balls as he saw wickets falling from the other end. Left arm pacer Mohammad Amir was great at the start as he removed Johnson Charles to see the visitors lose their first wicket. Hasan Ali got rid of debutant Kraigg Brathwaite to see the side struggling at 41 for 2 after 12 overs.The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz kept a tight lid on the scoring and never gave any freebies to West Indies batsmen. It was not enough from West Indies as they were bundled out for 175 runs in the 38th over to see Pakistan win the game by 111 runs via Duck-worth/Lewis method.

Pakistan win gives some hope of qualifying for the next World Cup in England as they need to win this series by a big margin to ensure they avoid any embarrassment of playing in the qualifier for the big event.

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