Jason Mohammed leads West Indies to record chase against Pakistan
West Indies 309-6 (Mohammed 91no) beat
Pakistan 308-5 (Hafeez 88) by four wickets
First One-Day International in Guyana
Jason Mohammad scored a decisive unbeaten 91-run knock as West Indies recorded their highest chase in One-Day Internationals of 309 with four wickets in hand in Guyana to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
West Indies won the toss and decided to field first. The Pakistan openers Ahmed Shehzad (67) and Kamran Akmal (47) kept the West Indies bowling at bay scoring 59 runs in the first powerplay. During that phase, Shehzad was also dropped by Ashley Nurse (4-62), denying Alzarri Joseph (0-49) a wicket.
The runs continued to come thick and fast for the duo as by the end of 14 overs, Pakistan posted 83 for naught. Akmal missed out on a deserving fifty by three runs after he was dismissed by Jason Holder (1-58).
Mohammad Hafeez (88) scored a six early in his innings while Shehzad completed a well compiled fifty in the 23rd over. At the halfway mark, Pakistan were 132 for one.
Nurse got his first when he castled Shehzad in the 28th over and soon accounted for Babar Azam (13) as well. Hafeez got struck into the off spinner as he smashed a couple of boundaries and a six in the 38th over to bring his fifty and with 10 overs to go in the innings, Pakistan were 216 for three.
The final powerplay saw Shoaib Malik (53) stepping up with his 38-ball knock while Sarfraz Ahmed (20 not out) played a cameo too, taking Pakistan to 308 for five in the 50 overs. Nurse was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with a four wicket haul.
Mohammad Amir (2-59) made a fine comeback dismissing Chadwick Walton (7) early but Evin Lewis (47) consolidated the innings with Kieron Powell (61).
The duo added 68 runs for the second wicket but the run-rate dipped terribly for the home side during that phase. Just when Lewis looked to up the ante with a six, he was dismissed next ball by Hafeez (1-35).
Shai Hope (24) joined Powell, who reached his fifty off 77 deliveries and at the 30-over mark, West Indies were 144 for two, needing another 165 runs for a win.
Just when West Indies had a good platform, their momentum were dented with the wickets of Powell and Hope. Shadab Khan (2-52) dismissed Hope to get his maiden ODI wicket. The double blow also pushed the required run rate to 10 at the start of the 38th over.
Mohammed (91 not out) struck four boundaries and a six in the next two overs to bring down the target to 93 runs off the final 10 overs. With two more boundaries in the 41st over, Mohammed completed a 31-ball fifty - second fastest for West Indies against Pakistan.
Despite, the dismissal of Jonathan Carter (14) and Holder (11), Mohammed ensured he saw West Indies through in 49 overs and take a 1-0 lead in the series. For his heroics with the bat, he was also awarded the player of the match.
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