Cricket world erupts over never-before-seen moment: 'This is insane'

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Babar Azam, pictured here making cricket history in the first ODI against West Indies.
Babar Azam made cricket history in the first ODI against West Indies. Image: Getty/Pakistan Cricket

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has become the first player in cricket history to score three consecutive ODI centuries on two separate occasions.

Babar made 103 on Thursday as Pakistan beat the West Indies by five wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series.

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Babar shared a 103-run partnership with Imam-ul-Haq (65) and a 108-run stand with Mohammad Rizwan (59) as Pakistan chased down a target of 306 in Multan to go 1-0 up.

The 27-year-old's century was his third in three matches after two against Australia in April.

He also made three tons in a row in 2016 - all against the West Indies - making him the first player in history to score three consecutive centuries in ODIs twice.

Babar hit nine fours in his 17th ODI century, and the world's top-ranked one-day batter also surpassed former India skipper Virat Kohli to become the fastest player to reach 1000 runs as captain.

Babar achieved the feat in 13 innings compared with Kohli's 17.

Cricket fans and commentators were left in awe of Babar's never-before-seen feats.

Babar Azam, pictured here celebrating after scoring a century against West Indies.
Babar Azam celebrates after scoring a century against West Indies. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

West Indies great Ian Bishop tweeted: "A Babar Azam century inevitable. 17 centuries in 85 innings and a 60+ average in ODIs. Truly special!!!!"

Journalist Arfa Feroz Zake wrote: "Babar Azam by breaking consistency of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has set new standards of greatness for the next generation of batters.

"Babar Azam is just too phenomenal and unbelievable runs-machine! There's simply no competition of Babar Azam in current world cricket!"

Pakistan take 1-0 lead over West Indies

Earlier, Shai Hope and Shamarh Brooks provided the visitors a solid platform by sharing a 154-run second-wicket stand.

Hope and Brooks took on Pakistan fast bowlers Hasan Ali (0-68) and Haris Rauf (4-77) while watchfully playing out the spin threat of Shadab Khan.

Brooks made 70 off 83 balls before Shadab plucked a superb one-handed sliding catch at short third man to end the threatening stand in the 31st over.

Shadab finished with 1-37 in his comeback ODI after missing the last series against Australia due to injury.

Hope, who hit 15 fours and a six, passed 4000 ODI runs when he raised his 12th hundred off 118 balls with a boundary.

Rauf's late wickets pegged back the West Indies in the latter half of the innings despite cameos by Rovman Powell (32) and Shepherd (25).

The second game will be played on Friday with the last one scheduled for Sunday.

with AAP

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