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Shai Hope becomes the third-fastest hitter in ODI history to score 4000 runs

While the West Indies team will be mourning their loss to Pakistan in a dramatic first ODI in Multan on Wednesday, June 8th, Shai Hope had reason to rejoice. The West Indian became the third-fastest player in ODI history to achieve 4000 runs, and he shared the Caribbean record with the legendary Viv Richards.

When Hope hit Pakistan’s Hasan Ali for a boundary in the 39th over of the first innings, he achieved a double thrill as he reached his 12th ODI tonne and 4000 runs in ODIs. The polished right-hander has been in superb form recently, collecting his second century in four games. The West Indies vice-captain opened the innings with a chanceless 127 runs from 134 deliveries. His 154-run partnership with Shamarh Brooks created the groundwork for the West Indies, who finished with 305 runs in 50 overs.

The West Indies right-handed hitter made his ODI debut in 2016 and has since been one of the team’s shining lights in this version of the game. The wicketkeeper batter has scored 4026 runs in 88 innings, averaging 52.28.

Meanwhile, this series was slated to begin in December 2021, but it was deferred because to a Covid 19 epidemic in the West Indies camp. The Pakistan squad led by Babar Azam welcomed the West Indies to Multan for the series opener. The match marked the return of international cricket to Multan after 14 years, and the Pakistani squad did not disappoint the eager home audience.

Chasing the West Indies’ total of 305, the Men in Green were startled early by the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman (11), but skipper Babar Azam continued his rich vein of form with another calm century, sending the home audience into delirium. Pakistan was wobbling after the dismissals of Babar (103) and Mohammad Rizwan (59), until Khushdil Shah produced an absolute blinder, scoring an unbeaten 41 off 23 deliveries to see his side home.