Abu Dhabi: Red-hot Babar Azam hit his third consecutive hundred while skipper Azhar Ali returned to form with a century as Pakistan punished West Indies in the third day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Azam became just the seventh batsman in one-day cricket to smash hundreds in three consecutive matches with a superb 106-ball 117 to lead Pakistan to 308-6 after Ali won the toss and decided to bat on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch.
Azam was finally bowled by Kieron Pollard in the 46th over after hitting eight boundaries and a six in another dominating exhibition of batting.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was also impressed with the way Babar Azam has been batting and was looking forward to watching him bat in the third ODI.
Looking forward to see Babar Azam bat tonight.Hopefully we will reach Indore on time to see the game.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 5, 2016
Fast-rising star Azam is only the third batsmen from Pakistan and seventh in the world to notch three hundreds in as many matches. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara holds the record with four centuries in as many games.
Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbass and Saeed Anwar, South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor are others to achieve the milestone.
The story includes input from AFP.