Ton-up Hope leads West Indies to 305-8 in first Pakistan ODI

Ton-up Hope leads West Indies to 305-8 in first Pakistan ODI

Ton-up Hope leads West Indies to 305-8 in first Pakistan ODI

Ton-up Hope leads West Indies to 305-8 in first Pakistan ODI. (Credits: Google)

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  • West Indies open with 305-8 in the first day-night one-day international against Pakistan.
  • Shai Hope scores 127 and completes 4,000 runs in his 93rd match.
  • Nicholas Pooran hits 21 and Rovman Powell takes 32 off 23 balls for West Indies.
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Opener Shai Hope defied Pakistan’s much vaunted bowling attack and sweltering Multan heat to lift the West Indies to a solid 305-8 in the first day-night international on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Barbadian knocked 134-ball 127 for his 12th one-day international century after West Indies won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Multan stadium pitch.

Hope, who cracked 15 boundaries and a six, added an innings-building 154 with Shamarh Brooks after the visitors lost opener Kyle Mayers for three in the third over, caught and bowled by pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Brooks scored a polished 83-ball 70 with seven boundaries.

Read More: West Indies win toss, bat against Pakistan in first ODI

Fast bowler Haris Rauf, best of home bowlers with 4-77, ended Hope’s knock when he bowled him with a slower delivery in the 44th over.

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The scorching Multan heat — with temperatures soaring to between 40 to 42 degrees Celsius (104 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit — did not stop Hope and Brooks, who both batted with guts and power.

Hope drove pacer Hasan Ali to cover boundary to reach three-figures off 118 balls, also completing 4,000 ODI runs in his 93rd match.

He is the 11th West Indies batsman to reach the milestone in ODI cricket.

It was a brilliant one-handed diving catch by Shadab Khan off Mohammad Nawaz at short third man that dismissed Brooks, but only after he helped Hope in recovery.

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Skipper Nicholas Pooran hit three towering sixes in his 16-ball 21 while Rovman Powell made 32 off 23 balls and Romario Shepherd took 25 off 18 as West Indies added 87 in the last ten overs

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The three-match series is part of the World Cup Super League, a qualification round for the 2023 World Cup.

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