PAKISTAN ROUT WINDIES
RISING star Babar Azam hit his third successive hundred to anchor Pakistan’s 3-0 clean-sweep of the West Indies with a comfortable 136-run win in the third and final one-dayer yesterday. Azam smashed a 106ball 117 while skipper Azah Ali returned to form with a 109-ball 101 as Pakistan compiled 308-6 before restricting West Indies to 172 in 44 overs on a flat Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. It was another imperious show by Pakistan who won the first two matches by 111 and 59 runs respectively – both in Sharjah. The rout also followed Pakistan’s 3-0 whitewash in the preceding Twenty20 series. The two sides will go on to contest a three-match Test series starting in Dubai from October 13.