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Mohammad Nawaz stuns West Indies after Babar Azam century

Babar Azam slammed his maiden ODI century.
Babar Azam slammed his maiden ODI century.
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Pakistan 284-9 (Azam 120) beat
West Indies 175 (Nawaz 4-42) by 111 runs (DLS method)
First One-Day International in Sharjah

Babar Azam scored his maiden century while Mohammad Nawaz led from the front with a four-wicket haul as Pakistan defeated West Indies by 111 runs with DLS method in the first One-Day International in Sharjah.

West Indies won the toss and elected to field first. Despite, losing Azhar Ali (0) in the first delivery of the innings, Azam (120) and Sharjeel Khan (54) brought the innings on track with a 82-run stand.

Khan was at his attacking best scoring six boundaries and three sixes in his 43-ball knock before Sulieman Benn (1-46) had him caught at short third man.

Azam reached his fifty off 74 balls and his 99-run stand with Sarfraz Ahmed (35) proved crucial for Pakistan.

Despite, Azam going on to reach his maiden ODI century, Carlos Brathwaite's (3-54) triple strike and a run out restricted Pakistan to 284 in the 50 overs.

West Indies never looked comfortable in the chase as they lost the first five wickets for 99 runs.

Nawaz (4-42) and Hasan Ali (3-14) rattled the West Indies line up sharing seven wickets between them with Marlon Samuels (46) being the top-scorer.

West Indies were eventually dismissed for 175 and the 111-run allowed Pakistan to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Azam was awarded the man of the match for scoring his maiden century on a winning cause.

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