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Pak VS WI: Babar Azam takes Pakistan to five-wicket triumph over West Indies in first ODI
Babar Azam’s 17th ODI century helped Pakistan beat the West Indies by five wickets. Khushdil Shah’s 41 runs ended the visitors’ 306-run chase. Babar was out in the second innings’ twilight. Khusdul’s strike helped Pakistan win. Khushdil smashed 4 sixes and 1 boundary in 41 balls. In the 47th over, he hit Romario Shepherd three sixes. West Indies beat Pakistan 305-8 in the series opener. Hope and Brooks pressured the West Indies after they batted. Attacking shots and an aggressive style thrilled the crowd, but they wanted a comeback. Pakistan hoped to quickly bowl out the opposition when Shaheen Shah Afridi caught Kyle Mayers for nine runs.
Hope’s one-day century dashed the green team’s aspirations. Hope and Brooks scored 154 runs at Multan Stadium. Smith and Pollock scored 159 in 2007. “Out, out, out” chants filled the crowd. Shadab Khan hit a six in the 31st over. Brooks didn’t expect a close win over Nawaz. Shadab dove full-length one-handed. He hit seven home runs in 70 at-bats. Hope was Babar Azam XI’s main danger without Brook.
His 100-ball century took 118. He broke Richie Richardson’s record for runs. 1987 was Richardson’s best ODI year. Hope scored 127 runs off 134 balls, including 15 fours and sixes, to become Pakistan’s ODI record-holder. Romario Shepherd (25) and Rovman Powell (32) smashed Pakistani bowlers to help the West Indies. Haris Rauf conceded 77 runs in 10 overs and grabbed 4 wickets. Afridi, Shadab, and Nawaz each caught one. Hasan Ali went ten overs without a wicket. Fakhar Zaman went out early in Pakistan’s reply, thus Babar and Imam-ul-Haq batted.