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  • 12:38 AM IST

    Babar Azam has been adjudged man of the match for his maiden ton

  • 12:32 AM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 175 in 38.4 Overs (49), BATTING: sulieman Benn 16 (19): All over for West Indies as they succumb to yet another huge loss. They have lost the match by 11 runs and will have to win the two remaining matches if they are to win the series. Nawaz finished with 4 wickets, while Hasan Ali got three.

  • 11:48 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 135/7 in 33 Overs (49), BATTING: Marlon Samuels 46 (58), Sunil Narine 7 (9): Nawaz strikes again as he clean bowls Carlos Brathwaite with a beauty. Samuels is still out there, but the required run rate over 9 and just three wickets remaining, it is safe to assume that Pakistan will romp home to yet another comfortable win. OUT! Carlos Brathwaite b Nawaz 15 (16)

  • 11:28 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 105/6 in 28 Overs (49), BATTING: Marlon Samuels 37 (48), Carlos Brathwaite 1 (5): West Indies have been losing wickets in a hurry at the moment, which has put Pakistan in firm control of the match. It seems likes it is going to be just a matter of time before West Indies fold here. Marlon Samuels is fighting a lone battle. OUT! Denesh Ramdin c Azhar b Nawaz 8 (16), Kieron Pollard c Sharjeel b Nawaz 9 (7), Jason Holder b Imad 1 (5)

  • 11:04 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 88/3 in 23 Overs (49), BATTING: Marlon Samuels 31 (36), Denesh Ramdin 8 (15): Samuels looks a bit settled and has finally started to play his shots. He hit Malik for two sixes in the same over, making his intentions clear. West Indies still need over 7.5 runs an over. They will have to keep getting boundaries at regular intervals from here.

  • 10:44 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 54/3 in 17 Overs (49), BATTING: Marlon Samuels 7 (15), Denesh Ramdin 0 (0): Pakista have struck again. Mohammad Nawaz off the final ball of his first delivery bowls Bravo. West Indies in deep trouble now. they still have Samuels at the crease and with Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder to follow, they still have an outside chance. OUT! Darren Bravo b Nawaz 12 (28)

  • 10:26 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 43/2 in 13 Overs (49), BATTING: Darren Bravo 7 (16), Marlon Samuels 1 (3): West Indies are moving along very slowly. Brathwaite has eaten away many deliveries, but has not scored at a brisk pace and he falls to Hasan Ali. Brathwaite was struggling and he edged one straight to Sarfraz. West Indies have a job in their hands now. OUT! Kraigg Brathwaite c Sarfraz b Hasan 14 (38)

  • 10:04 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 27/1 in 8 Overs (49), BATTING: Kraigg Brathwaite 6 (25),Darren Bravo 0 (0): West Indies need close 6.3 runs an over at this stage and have lost the wicket of Charles, caught behind off Aamer and with hard-hitters to come down the order, they should not face problems. Keeping wickets in hand will be key. OUT! Johnson Charles c Sarfraz b Aamer 20 (21)

  • 9:49 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, WI 14/0 in 4 Overs (49), BATTING: Kraigg Brathwaite 3 (16), Johnson Charles 10 (8): West Indies are off to a slow and steady start. Opening bowlers Imad Wasim and Mohammad Aamer have done a good job so far. West Indies have to start accelerating as they have a stiff target ahead of them.

  • 9:28 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 284/9 in 49 overs (49), BATTING: Hasan Ali 2 (3), Mohammad Aamer 3 (4): And that’s the end of the innings! Pakistan never really got things going after the play was stopped due to glitches in the floodlights. West Indies bounced back well, but they would still need 287 to win from 49 overs. Can they chase it down? We will wait and see!

  • 9:11 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 267/6 in 46 overs (49), BATTING: Imad Wasim 24 (22), Mohammad Nawaz 8 (11): After a long break, the match finally resumes, but it has been reduced to a 49-over per side match. There will be an innings break of just 10 minutes due to the delay. Pakistan on course to get a score around 300 nevertheless.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    UPDATE: Lights are back on in the stadium and we should have some live action soon. Stay tuned! We will now have a 49 overs per side match. Innings break is expected to be for 10 minutes.

  • 8:26 PM IST

    REVISED TARGET: WI will need 283 to win from 44 overs, if it remains like this. The lights have still not come on at Sharjah though!

  • 7:52 PM IST

    UPDATE: The floodlights have gone off at Sharjah, there is a delay as a result. Stay tuned for further updates

  • 7:46 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 260/6 in 44.3 overs, BATTING: Imad Wasim 21 (19), Mohammad Nawaz 5 (5): Rizwan was unfortunately run out, but it took a magnificent catch from Pollard in the long on fence to take the catch. He ran across, caught the ball with one hand, had the presence of mind to throw it in, come inside the boundary and catch it again. it took a superb catch to bring curtains to a magnificent innings from Azam. Pakistan looking for a score close to 300 now. OUT! Mohammad Rizwan run out 11 (12), Babar Azam 120 (131)

  • 7:18 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 211/4 in 39 overs, BATTING: Babar Azam 101 (122), Mohammad Rizwan 11 (11): Sarfraz Ahmed is out caught behind, but Babar Azam has reached his maiden ODI hundred. he started off slowly, but has finally gotten a big score against his name. He will have to stay right till the end as he is the set batsman. Mohammad Rizwan is the new batsman for Pakistan. OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed c Ramdin b Holder 35 (45)

  • 6:45 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 164/3 in 32 overs, BATTING: Babar Azam 78 (101), Sarfraz Ahmed 22 (35): Azam and Sarfraz have brought up their 50-run stand and Pakistan are setting themselves a good platform from where they can explode in the latter stages of the innings. With wickets in hand, Pakistan can aim for a score somewhere close to 300.

  • 6:27 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 140/3 in 27 overs, BATTING: Babar Azam 63 (84), Sarfraz Ahmed 15 (22): Azam and Sarfaz are consolidating well and more importantly, they have not their wickets. Azam has gone past his fifty and is now eyeing a big score. West Indies need to break this budding partnership.

  • 6:08 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 112/3 in 22 overs, BATTING: Babar Azam 43 (62), Sarfraz Ahmed 7 (14): The other spinner Narine has removed Pakistan’s most experienced player, Shoaib Malik. West Indies are into the middle-order now will look to choke the runs, which may result in a wicket. OUT! Shoaib Malik c Benn b Narine 6 (12)

  • 5:41 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 86/2 in 16 overs, BATTING: Babar Azam 28 (45), Shoaib Malik 3 (7): After scoring a fifty, Sharjeel plays a rash shot and throws his wicket away. There was a close LBW call against Azam as well. West Indies took a review, but the on field umpire’s decision stood. West Indies slowly trying to claw their way back into the game now. OUT! Sharjeel Khan c Narine b Benn 54 (43)

  • 5:15 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 60/1 in 10 overs, BATTING: Sharjeel Khan 44 (33), Babar Azam 15 (26): Sharjeel is on fire and he has especially gone after Carlos Brathwaite smashing him boundaries with ease. Sharjeel will want to convert this into a big score.. He has gotten eye in now and has started attacking other bowlers as well. West Indies should perhaps consider bringing a spinner from one end perhaps.

  • 4:55 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 20/1 in 5 overs, BATTING: Sharjeel Khan 15 (15), Babar Azam 4 (14): West Indies have bowled well. Pakistan have scored just three of boundaries in the first five overs, 2 of which came in the fifth over. Gabriel and Holder have bowled at right lines and lengths, which has made life difficult for the Pakistan batsmen.

  • 4:37 PM IST

    LIVE: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, PAK 3/1 in 1 over, BATTING: Sharjeel Khan 1 (2), Babar Azam 1 (3): What a start for West Indies. Shannon Gabriel has managed to get rid of Azhar Ali off the first ball of the series. Azhar pokes at a ball outside off, gets an outside edge and is caught behind. Great start for West Indies and they will want to cash in on this. OUT! Azhar Ali c Ramdin b Gabriel 0 (1)

  • 4:10 PM IST

    Playing XI

    WI: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Shannon Gabriel

    PAK: Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali

  • 4:09 PM IST

    TOSS: WI win toss elect to field first. Kraigg Brathwaite wil make his ODI sebut for the West Indies. While Wahab Riaz returns to the Pakistan playing XI in place of Umar Gul

West Indies will look to bounce back in the ODI series @ AFP
Pakistan will look to continue their good run of form in the ODI series as well © AFP

Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Pakistan vs West Indies in UAE 2016-17. This is the first One-Day International (ODI) and here you will get all the live updates of the match. The match is scheduled to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Pakistan have been outstanding in the tour, playing in home away from home, and have dominated the tour so far giving no scope to West Indies to shine. West Indies, the current word champions in the Twenty20 International (T20I) format, have disappointed everyone with their under-performance in every section. The match brings along hopes for the visitors to regain respect while for Pakistan to carry on their domination.

Pakistan, who have ample experience of playing at the venues, executed a job well done. Earlier, they won a T20I in England and with the three back-to-back victories against West Indies, they now have four consecutive victories in the format. There was no room for West Indies to outwit Pakistan as they failed in every aspect, with the bat and ball and it resulted in a 3-0 T20I series. Confident after the performance in the T20I series, it will be hard for West Indies to pick up the momentum and get back at Pakistan.

Imad Wasim for Pakistan has been a game-changer. Starting with the ODI series in England, the player has been consistent both with bat and ball and is one of the key players. He did not get the chance to bat in the series but has put up an exceptional performance with the ball in hand, bagging 9 wickets from three T20Is in the tour. The conditions suited the all-rounder well, working positively for his bowling and he will be expected to produce some more match-winning performances as the series proceeds.

West Indies have been very disappointing with the bat. The batting line-up failed entirely. Known as one of the batting heavy sides of the modern era cricket, West Indies batsmen struggled poorly against the novice bowling attack of Pakistan. There were hardly any mentionable performances with the bat apart from a couple of scattered performances by Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels in different matches, which were not enough for West Indies to get to victory. The batting failed to act as a unit, which is a basic requirement and with experienced players failing consecutively, West Indies look to be neck-deep in trouble.

Contrary to that, Pakistan batting looked a lot more sorted. Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik — all the names who were expected to shine, played up to the mark taking their side to a comfortable series win. Their problem with the tumbling top-order also looks to be settled. Moreover, they will be confident about the fact that there are players in every position of the batting who can take up responsibilities and play match-winning knocks. However, something that Pakistan will look to overcome is their poor form in ODIs lately. While the team did well in Tests and the one-off T20I against England at the latter’s home, the ODI series was something they would like to forget soon. This is their chance to better their numbers in the format.

Subsequent to Pakistan’s good performance with bat, West Indies bowlers failed to produce any remarkable spell. Names like Suliemann Ben and Sunil Narine failed to live up to the expectations and will be expected to bounce back in the series.

Pakistan vs West Indies first ODI, Preview by Pramod Ananth: Pakistan take on West Indies in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Pakistan completed a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies in the three-match T20I series. They will look to put up a similar show in the ODI series. Pakistan will be led by Azhar Ali in this series and they will look to put up a better show in this series after losing 4-1 to England in their previous. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led T20I side have given Pakistan the momentum going into the series. Azhar was under fire after the big loss in England and will look to make amends in this series.

West Indies have quite a few new faces in the squad. The likes of Alzarri Joseph, Kraigg Brathwaite and Evin Lewis are the only ones to make an ODI debut. Although Brathwaite is an established Test player, he is yet to make his limited-overs debut for the West Indies. Carlos Brathwaite will be relieved of his T20I captaincy duties and Jason Holder will takeover the responsibilities. West Indies are coming off the back of a good show in the tri-nation series, which also featured Australia and South Africa. West Indies made it to the final, but lost to Australia. Nevertheless, their ODI form has been much better than their Test form and will not be pushovers in this format.

Pakistan welcome back Yasir Shah, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali into their ODI squad. Pakistan also welcome Umar Akmal back into the team. Akmal has not played a single ODI since playing against Australia in the ICC World Cup 2015. Imad Wasim was in stupendous form in the T20I series, finishing with nine wickets. He was easily Pakistan’s best bowler in the T20I series and is slowly turning out to be a dependable all-rounder. He proved his worth with the bat in the series against England, where he remained unbeaten throughout the series.

This three-ODI series is extremely crucial for both the teams. The road to secure an automatic qualification for the ICC World 2019 begins now. Pakistan are currently at ninth position and West Indies are just one place above them at eighth. The cut-off date for automatic qualification is September 30, 2017, which means after this series, Pakistan have the series against Australia, New Zealand and of course the Champions Trophy next year in England to ensure that they make it to top 8.

West Indies have not qualified for the Champions Trophy 2017 in England. However, after this series against Pakistan, they play a tri-nation series featuring Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the African nation, followed by ODI series against England at home and West Indies also go to England, where they pay a five-match ODI series. All this before September 30. It may eventually come down to the wire to determine which team makes it directly to the World Cup. The team that does not make it through may get another chance through the qualifiers.

Coming back to this series, it is the West Indies, who have been slightly better when it comes to form in this format, while Pakistan have not had a good outing. But, considering Pakistan will be playing in familiar conditions, they should be able to have a much better series than they had against England. West Indies will be hungry to bounce back in this series, after having gone down meekly in the T20I series.

The pitch at Sharjah is expected to be a slow, turning track – something that Pakistan can benefit from. But West Indies too have a couple of quality spinners. Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn and Ashley Nurse will be West Indies’ spinners in this series and might be handful in the matches. Narine did not have a particularly good T20I series by his standards. There is however little doubt over his caliber.

We could see one or two West Indies players making their debuts on Friday.  Like Pakistan, West Indies too will want to get their bid to make it to the World Cup up and running on a winning note. If they fail to do so, like former West Indies Jeffrey Dujon said, it will be very “embarrassing”.

This match could once again be decided on how the spinners go about things. If the spinners in either sides bowl to their potential, they should be able to keep the scoring in check.

Squads

Pakistan : Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Akmal, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Asad Shafiq

West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Jonathan Carter, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Alzarri Joseph, Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shannon Gabriel

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry.com. He is a sport enthusiast and a keen observer of cricket, the contests, and its personalities. When not tracking cricket, he follows the world’s soccer leagues and is somewhat partial towards Liverpool. His Twitter handle is @pramz)