Pak won first ODI

Green shirts beat West Indies by 111 runs in first One Day International (ODI) against West Indies and take lead in the series.

There is plenty to like about Babar Azam, who is technically correct in defence and drives the ball serenely with the head over the ball. 21-year-old Azam enhanced his reputation in Sharjah with his maiden ODI hundred, against West Indies.

It took a stunning hokey-pokey catch from Kieron Pollard at the edge of the wide long-on boundary to ultimately dismiss Azam in the 43rd over for 120 off 131 balls.

Sharjeel Khan’s half-century, and late blows from Imad Wasim, led Pakistan to 284 for 9 in a match reduced to 49 overs a side because of a floodlight failure. Duckworth-Lewis revisions left West Indies with 287 to win.

A floodlight failure, which lasted for over an hour, handed West Indies another respite. Pakistan were limited to 24 for 3 in 4.3 overs upon resumption, but they still held the advantage, especially after having whitewashed West Indies in the T20Is.

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