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Floodlight failure stops play as Pakistan take late flight

SHARJAH: The play has been stopped at Sharjah cricket stadium as one of the floodlight went dark and odd ones flickering, just when Pakistan looked to pile up a good total courtesy Babar Azam.

Azm, 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.

West Indies will have to chase 283 in 44 overs should Pakistan not bat again in this innings. Still no update from the ground, so the wait continues.

It is worth mentioning here that play can be extended for 60 minutes beyond regulation.

Update: The lights are back on in Sharjah, or at least those are the indications. We aren’t far away from a resumption. “A burnt cable from the generator to pylon is causing the hold up,” tweets Paul Radley from the venue. Play to resume at 7.35pm local time.