Pakistan-West Indies match delayed due to floodlight failure

Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam (R) and Sarfar Ahmed (L) run between the wickets during the 1st ODI match between Pakistan and West Indies. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The 1st ODI between Pakistan and West Indies was brought to an unexpected halt after the floodlights at the venue, Dubai International stadium, malfunctioned. Pakistan was batting at 260/6 in 44.3 overs at the time of the halt with all-rounders Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz batting on 11 and 21 respectively.

The cause of the delay is said to be due to a burnt cable from the generator to the pylon. The whole fiasco caused a 40-minutee loss to the game and forced the umpires to reduce the game to a 49 overs a side match with only a ten-minute break in between.


Initially, it was feared that Pakistan innings would be brought to an abrupt end if the problem was not solved on time. It was calculated that the West Indies would have to chase 283 in 44 overs should Pakistan not bat again in this innings.

The game, however, resumed and upon returning to the field, Pollard and Holder were seen in an animated discussion with the umpires. The light wasn’t fully functional but the umpires thought it was okay to resume the game. The Windies players had to comply with their what umpires said.

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After being put into bat first, Pakistan reached a comfortable position in the game after being struck with early blows. Skipper Azhar Ali was dismissed for a golden duck by Jason Holder in the first over of the match before Babar Azam came in a struck a wonderful century, hitting 120 runs. His knock compiled over 131 deliveries included 8 fours and 3 sixes. Opener Sharjeel Khan also hit a quick 43 ball 54 run.

Eventually, the Men in Green were able to manage 284/9 at the end of 49 overs.

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