Pakistan captain Babar Azam continued to be among the races on Wednesday (Jun 08) as the men in green locked horns with Nicholas Pooran’s West Indies in the series opener of the three ODIs, in Multan. Chasing 306, the hosts led by Babar crossed the finish line thanks to their captain who scripted a brilliant record with his century against the Windies.
Scoring his 17th ton in the shortest format, Babar made history by becoming the first batter to score consecutive three hundred in the ODIs twice. For the uninitiated, his first three consecutive centuries had come against the West Indies in 2016, when he made 120, 123 and 117.
Additionally, Babar, 27, surpassed former Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s long-standing record to become the fastest to score 1,000 runs as ODI captain. He reached the milestone in his 13th run; four rounds less than Kohli (who achieved the same in 17 outings).
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Speaking of the first ODI, the Pooran-led Windies opted to bat first and rode Shai Hope’s 127, with fifty from Shamarh Brooks (70) and vital shots from Romario Shepherd and Rovman Powell, to post 305-8 as Haris Rauf and Shaheen. Afridi claimed four and two scalps respectively. In response, Pakistan chased the aggregate with five wickets and four balls to spare. Apart from Babar, Md Rizwan scored a fifty while Khushdil Shah’s entertaining 23-ball 41* ensured no further hiccups for the hosts in the final overs.
During the post-match presentation, Babar said, “I always try to continue my game and work on my strengths. There was a little problem on the call when I was battling with Imam. But it got better as the partnership evolved. The wicket was a bit double paced and wasn’t that easy. It was hot but that’s no excuse. Credit to the bowlers. Shadab came back and did well. The standards he sets on the pitch are also brilliant. Cricket is changing. We have to plan and play with a lot of intensity. Exceptional finishing from Khushdil. You have to go further for him there is less pressure on the finishers.”
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