Pakistan thump Windies in Sharjah

Pakistan’s first innings total of 284/9 proved far too much for the West Indies to overcome as they completed a 111-run victory to take a 1-0 ODI series lead in the UAE.

In a match that was shortened by one over due to a lengthy delay caused by a faulty floodlight, Pakistan produced a superb all-round performance to leave their opponents floundering.

The winning total was set up by a pair of superb innings from Sharjeel Khan and Babar Azam.

Khan contributed 54 off just 43 balls at the top of the order, but No 3 Azam was the star of the show with his 120 off 131.

The right-hander arrived at the crease after just one delivery thanks to Azhar Ali's golden duck, but stayed there until the 43rd over to anchor the majority of the Pakistan innings.

Along with Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed (35), Imad Wasim (24) and Mohammad Nawaz (19) all provided Azam with support as Pakistan accumulated a strong total of 284/9.

The West Indies response never really got going, as they struggled to keep up with the required rate and continued to lose wickets.

Marlon Samuels top-scored with 46, but while as many as five other batsmen reached double figures, none were able to carry on and put together a solid partnership.

With Nawaz bagging 4/42 and Hasan Ali picking up 3/14, the West Indies innings soon came to a premature end.

Shannon Gabriel was the last man out in the 39th over as they were dismissed for just 175, 111 runs short of a target that had been very slightly revised due to the Duckworth Lewis method.