Azhar, Azam hundreds propel Pakistan to in 3rd ODI

BY foxsports • October 5, 2016

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Centuries by captain Azhar Ali and Babar Azam propelled Pakistan to 308-6 against West Indies in its bid to sweep their one-day international series on Wednesday.

Pakistan, also batting first in the other two games, won by 111 and 59 runs.

The opener Azhar, who made 101, became the first Pakistan ODI captain to score three centuries.

With 117, Azam scored a third successive hundred in five days. That's only the eighth instance in ODI history of a batsman hitting three consecutive hundreds, and the third by a Pakistani, after Zaheer Abbas in 1982-83, and Saeed Anwar in 1993.

Azam turns 22 in a week.

Taking ones and twos and running well, he and Azhar combined for 147 for the second wicket on a good batting pitch.

They were separated in the 39th over, at 232-2, but reasonable expectations of a score of about 350 were undermined by West Indies bowlers who didn't give up. They didn't concede double-digit runs in an over in the last 22 overs, and only two boundaries in the last 13 overs.

Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, playing his second ODI, was the only bowler to take two wickets, but he was also the most expensive.

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