Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s another splendorous performance guided Pakistan to a spectacular run chase against West Indies in the first ODI at the Multan Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Chasing 306, Babar set the tone with a 107-ball 103, laced with nine boundaries, and stitched a 103-run stand with Imam-ul-Haq for the second wicket.
I always try to continue my game and work on my strengths: Babar Azam
Babar was well supported by half-centuries from Imam (65) and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan (59) as Pakistan secured a five-wicket win with four balls to spare.
“I always try to continue my game and work on my strengths. There was a little bit of a problem during the calling when I was batting with Imam. But it got better as the partnership moved on,” Babar said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“The wicket was a little double-paced and wasn’t that easy. There was heat but that is not an excuse,” he further said.
Babar Azam creates a unique record in ODI cricket
Babar scored his 17th ODI hundred and third in a row as the Pakistan skipper registered scores of 114 and 105 not out in the final two ODI matches against Australia in Lahore.
This was the second instance of the Pakistan captain scoring three hundreds on the trot in ODI cricket. Babar became the first player to achieve such a milestone in ODI cricket.
During the 2016 bilateral series against West Indies in UAE, Babar was the highest run-getter in the three ODIs, amassing 360 runs at an average of 120.
Babar’s scores in the three-match series read 120, 123 & 117.
Babar also surpassed former Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s record as the fastest captain to score 1,000 ODI runs. The Pakistan captain achieved the landmark in 13 innings with an average of over 91.
Babar was adjudged player of the match in the first ODI but he handed it over to Khushdil Shah, who hit 41 off 23 balls and gave Pakistan the finishing touches, hammering four sixes and a boundary off West Indies pacer Romario Shepherd.