Pakistan dominated West Indies in the opening ODI against West Indies due to the phenomenal performances by young Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz. Pakistan won the game by 111 runs. The visitors could only manage 175 in reply of Pakistan 284.
The opening bowling pair of Pakistan, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir, started off the proceedings with great discipline.
Amir eventually struck in 8th over when he managed to get Johnson Charles to edge one to Sarfraz Ahmed at a total of 27 runs. It was a beginning of the end for Windies.
It was then Hasan Ali that provided Pakistan the second breakthrough at a total of 41 runs in shape of Kraigg Brathwaite.
The introduction of Mohammad Nawaz in bowling proved to be lethal for the visitors. He removed Darren Bravo, Dinesh Ramdin and Keiron Pollard scoring 12 (28), 8 (16) and 9 (7) respectively. His game figures were amazing with four wickets to his name for 40 runs in 9 overs.
The captain of WI could not bother Pakistani bowlers much and lost his wicket cheaply to Imad Wasim. They were struggling at a score of 103/6 in 26 overs.
Carlos Brathwaite was the next man to take the long walk back after making 15 runs off 16 balls, which included two 6’s. He was undone by an absolute beauty from Nawaz.
Marlon Samuels remained the best batsman for West Indies with 46 (59) to his name with the help of one 4 and two 6’s. He was the 8th batsman to get out.
The last two wickets provided some entertainment to the crowd as Sulieman Benn and Sunil Narine contributed 31 runs at a quick pace. Narine fell after making 23 (16), his inning was comprised of two 4’s and two 6’s.
Hasan Ali finished off the job by cleaning up Shannon Gabriel. Sulieman Benn carried his bat at a score of 16* (19).
Earlier in the day, Babar Azam played a blistering inning of 120 (131) that took Pakistan to a decent total. Pakistan lost their first wicket on the very first ball of the match when Azhar Ali edged Shannon Gabriel first delivery to the keeper.
Babar Azam and Sharjeel Khan batted well together and took out their team out of the trouble. The two contributed 82 runs before Sharjeel Khan fell to Sulieman Benn. Other Pakistani batsmen scored in bits and pieces.
There was a delay in the game when a tower of flood-lights gone off, it took more than an hour to get fixed, eventually the game was reduced to 49 overs a side.