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PAK vs WI: Babar Azam gives his Player of the Match award to Khushdil Shah after first ODI against West Indies

On Wednesday, June 9, Khushdil Shah scored 41 off 23 balls with one four and four sixes, taking Pakistan to a five-wicket win over the West Indies.


  • Babar Azam scored 103 off 107 balls
  • Khushdil Shah chipped in with a quick-fire 23-ball 41
  • On Wednesday, Pakistan won the first ODI by 5 wickets

Pakistan batter Babar Azam turned up with a heartwarming gesture for teammate Khushdil Shah after the opening ODI against the West Indies on Wednesday, June 8 at the Multan Cricket Stadium. The 27-year-old Babar scored 103 runs off 107 balls with nine fours, guiding the Men in Green to a five-wicket win in the match.

After the game, the Lahore-born Babar was adjudged the Player of the Match. But the captain decided to transfer the award and prize money to Shah, who played a critical role in Pakistan getting past the finishing line.

Khushdil came to bat after Babar got out with the hosts needing 69 runs off 51 balls. From there on, he stayed unbeaten on 41 off 23 balls with one four and four sixes. In the 47th over, the southpaw smashed Romario Shepherd for three sixes in a row.

After playing the match-winning cameo, Shah said that he has developed his power-game over the last couple of years.

“My game plan was to take the game deep. No matter what happened, I wanted to give my 100% to the team. The last two years I have been working on my power hitting. Earlier, I used to play on the leg stump, now I am working on my off stump game,” Khushdil was quoted as saying.

“In the 10-12 days camps we had, the coaches helped me improve my batting. Not just the power-hitting but also accumulating the singles and doubles. I just wanted to hit the balls in my zone, else accumulate the ones and twos,” he added.

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