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Pak vs WI: Babar Azam breaks Virat Kohli’s record

Pak vs WI: Babar Azam breaks Virat Kohli's record

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam has become the fastest to score 1000 ODI runs as a captain, surpassing the record of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Babar achieved the record during Pakistan vs West Indies’ first ODI on Wednesday that took place at Multan Cricket Stadium.

Babar Azam is now the fastest as the captain to 1000 ODI runs

He led the team from the front scoring a stunning ton to record the feat in his 13th inning as the skipper. Earlier, Kohli became the fastest to 1000 ODI runs as the captain in the 17th innings followed by AB De Villiers and Kane Williamson who did so in 20 and 22 matches respectively.

His stunning inning brought him a couple of other records. Now, Babar is the only cricketer to score three consecutive ODI centuries on two occasions. He earlier did it against the West Indies in 2016. Whereas, this time, he scored two consecutive hundredths in the home ODI series in April this year, followed by the latest against the West Indies yesterday (8th June).

Babar’s century helped Pakistan to cope with the target of 3-6 runs. It must be noted Nicholas Pooran and men totalled 305 runs on the loss of eight wickets. Shai Hope was the top scorer of the match, adding 127 from 134 balls. Sharma Brooks scored 70 from 83 balls. However, their batters could not portray their speciality as Pakistan chased it down on the loss of five wickets saving four balls.

From Pakistan, Imam ul Haq and Mohammad Rizwan played decent innings of 65 and 59 runs respectively. As far as their bowlers are concerned, Haris Rauf grasped a four-wicket haul but conceded 77 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi collected two wickets and yielded 55 whereas, Shadab Khan was the only least economical conceding only 37 runs and picking a wicket too.

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