Pakistan captain Babar Azam became the first player to hit three consecutive times in the one-day international hundreds twice when he netted a five-wicket win over the West Indies in Multan on Wednesday.
Azam ranked first in both limited formats, breaking an impressive 107 balls 103 with nine limits to help Pakistan fix a tricky 306 goal in 49.2 overs in his first ODI. This was his third century on the trot with the other two 114 and 105 not coming out against Australia a few months earlier.
PAK vs WI, FIRST ODI: Babar Azam hits record-breaking bashing West Indies to hand over 5-wicket win to Pakistan
Meanwhile, his gesture to hand the man of the match award to Khushdil Shah, who also scored 41 valuables from 23 balls, wins online. Fans know that Babar Hundred helped start the chase, but it was Shah’s roles that really made the win possible. That’s why when the announcer called Babar for the man of the match trophy, the captain was quick to withdraw, asking Shah to take the award instead.
“I would like to give the Man of the Match award to Khushdil Shah. Great finishing by Khushdil. You have to take it deep so that there is less pressure on the contestants,” he said.
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“The situation I was in, I tried to get really deep. I’ve been working on my hit for the past two years. Training camp has helped for the last 10-12 days. The coaches have helped me during this time. I was waiting for the balls to come in,” Shah said during the post-match presentation ceremony. to my area.
As the winning captain, Babar also addressed Shah’s final act, while adding his own role to his performance.
“I always try to continue my game and work on my strengths. There was a little problem during the connection when I was hitting the Imam. But it improved as the partnership progressed. The wicket was a little double tempo and it wasn’t that easy. There was heat but that’s no excuse. Credit to the bowlers. Shadab is back and doing well. The standards he sets on the field are also great. Cricket is changing. We have to plan and play with a lot of intensity.”
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