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First ODI: Pakistan post 284/9 on board

SHARJAH: Late wickets break the innings tempo as Pakistan post 285-run target for West Indies in the first ODI of the three-match series at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.

Courtesy to brilliant batting by young Babar Azam and Sharjil Khan had put Pakistan in an idieal situation to post a big total. But, Babar’s wicket and then  the stop of play due to floodlight failure, the tempo of Pakistan innings broken, causing them late collapse.

Azam, who took a slow start to his innings, went to take on West Indian bowlers in the last part of the innings, completing his maiden ODI ton.

He went on to score a brilliant 120 off 131 balls with 4 gigantic sixes and classical boundaries.

Sarfraz gave him required support with his 35 off 41 balls. The pair added valuable 99 runs partnership in 17.2 over with an average of 5.71 runs per over.

Earlier, Sharjil played a brief but glorious knock of 54 runs 43 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes. He added a valuable 82-run stand with Babar Azam for the second wicket after Azhar Ali was gone on the first ball of the innings.

Pakistan were 260/6 in 44.3 overs when bad light stopped play. Match was limited to 49 overs due to halt.

The match resumed after fifty minutes of halt that was enough to break the innings momentum and Pakistan, resultantly lost two back-to-back wickets in the next over after resumption. Nawaz showed a little resistant, but he too couldn’t finish the job and departed for 19 runs in final over. Pakistan could only manage to put 284/9 in 49 overs, what could be over a 300-run target.