A magnificent performance from Babar Azam and a late Khushdil Shah cameo clinched Pakistan’s victory against Shai Hope and the West Indies.
Babar continues to set new marks
Another ODI century for Babar Azam in Multan as Pakistan skipper continues to defy opposing bowlers with his batting.
For Babar, it was his third straight century, making him just the second player in the history of one-day international cricket to achieve three consecutive hundreds.
Not only that, but Babar’s performance saw him become the fastest player in ODI history to score 17 hundreds and the fastest skipper in ODI history to get 1,000 runs.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s not terrible for a 27-year-old who has been steadily improving and lately set his sights on being rated No.1 in all three game types.
Shai is a ray of sunshine for the Caribbean
West Indies opener Shai Hope scored his 12th ODI century with a brilliant 127, which helped the Caribbean team record a very competitive total of 305/8 at Multan, Pakistan.
There was no doubt in my mind that Babar would have received more praise for his innings than Hope, but it was a performance of equal quality that established the foundation for West Indies’ huge total.
Hope’s 154-run stand with No. 3 Shamarh Brooks during his 134-delivery stay was a particular highlight, as was his 15 fours and one big six.
Khushdil Shah’s stock price is growing
Despite the dismissals of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan within a short period of time, finisher Khushdil Shah had other plans for Pakistan.
He slammed four sixes and made 41 in the dying stages of Pakistan’s chase, securing the first victory in the three-match series.
Khushdil’s sixth one-day international, but he has already made a reputation for himself as a trustworthy closer following his performance in the same position against Australia earlier this year.