Multan. Pakistan has started with a win in the ODI series (PAK vs WI). The team defeated West Indies by 5 wickets in the first match of the 3-match series. Playing first, the visiting West Indies made a struggling score of 305 runs. But captain Babar Azam scored a century to help Pakistan win by 5 wickets. In the match, Pakistan’s vice-captain Shadab Khan caught everyone’s attention with his fielding. He took a brilliant catch and it proved to be the turning point of the match in the end.
In the match, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to bat. The team didn’t start well. Opener batsman Kyle Meyers became the victim of left-arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi after scoring 3 runs off 8 balls. The first blow to the Windies team came in the third over. After this, Shai Hope and Shemrah Brooks made a big partnership of 154 runs for the second wicket and laid the foundation for the big score.
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Brilliant catch by Brooks
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz was bowling the 31st over of West Indies’ innings. Brooks tried to play a big shot on the last ball. But the ball hit the bat and went to short third man. Standing here, Shadab Khan took a brilliant catch with one hand while running. Brooks was dismissed after scoring 70 off 83 balls. After his dismissal, no other batsman could score a half-century. Opener batsman Shai Hope scored 127 runs. Leg spinner Shadab Khan gave only 37 runs in 10 overs and also took a wicket. At the same time, fast bowler Haris Rauf took the highest 5 wickets for 77 runs.
Babar Azam scored 103 runs from 107 balls for Pakistan. He scored a century in the third consecutive ODI. Hit 9 fours. Opener batsman scored 65 runs. He scored more than 50 runs in his 5th consecutive innings. It also includes 2 centuries. Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan also scored 59 runs. In the end, Khushdil Shah made 41 runs off 23 balls to ensure victory. The second match of the series will be played on June 10.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2022, 16:15 IST