PAK vs WI 1st ODI: Pakistan started the 3-match ODI series against West Indies with a win. The host team won this match played in Multan by a margin of 5 wickets. Batting first, West Indies had set a target of 306 runs in front of Pakistan on the basis of Shay Hope’s century. Pakistan achieved this score on the basis of Babar Azam’s century and Khushdil Shah’s stormy innings with 4 balls to spare. The Pakistani captain definitely scored a century but Khushdil Shah took the man of the match award after playing an unbeaten innings of 41 runs in 23 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 1 four.
Chasing the target, Pakistan’s start was not good, opener Fakhar Zaman became the victim of Jaden Seals on the private score of 11. After this, Imam-ul-Haq (65) along with captain Babar Azam added 103 runs for the second wicket. The captain then shared a 108-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan (59). When Babar was out in the 42nd over, the team needed 69 runs, but when Rizwan was out after Babar, the pressure came on the team. In the end, Khushdil Shah played a stormy innings while robbing the gathering and got the team victory. During this, he also hit a hat-trick of sixes. Khushdil played this innings with a strikerate of 178.26.
Earlier, West Indies had scored 305 for eight with opener Shay Hope’s century and his century partnership with Shamar Brooks. Hope made 127 runs in 134 balls with the help of 15 fours and a six. He played an important role in taking the team to a strong score by sharing 154 runs for the second wicket with Brooks. Brooks faced 83 balls during his innings of 70 runs and hit seven fours.
Rovman Powell (32 off 23 balls) and Romaria Shepherd (25 off 18 balls) played an important role in the final overs to take the team’s score past 300 runs. Haris Rauf was the most successful bowler for Pakistan, taking four wickets for 77 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi took two wickets for 55 runs. One wicket each came in the account of Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan.
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