Azhar pleased to see youngsters shining

Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali was delighted with his side's win over the West Indies in the first ODI in the UAE, saying he liked seeing young players taking ownership.

With Pakistan battling to get inside the top eight on the ODI rankings to qualify for the World Cup in 2019, the win was vital, and also very detrimental to the eighth-placed Windies.

Babar Azam's century and a half ton from Sharjeel Khan led the side to 284 for nine, and the Windies were removed for 175. Mohammad Nawaz rook four wickets and Hasan Ali three.

This was the fourth game in a row Pakistan had won against the Windies in the month, after winning the T20 series three-nil as well.

Azhar, who was out for a duck, said after the match, according to pakpassion.net: "It was a wonderful team effort and the last few games have been good for us.

"Limited-overs cricket is always a young man's game and it's heartening to see younger players taking on the role of match-winners.

"We talk about needing to come out with the right attitude every game and hopefully we can keep doing that.

"We're focusing on improving ourselves, playing good cricket. We know what areas we need to improve on, coaching staff is working on it. 

"We can win more games if we keep improving and our ranking will also improve."

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