West Indies middle-order batsman Jason Mohammed played a gem of a knock, as he struck a brilliant unbeaten 91 to allow the hosts to register a thrilling 4-wicket win over visitors Pakistan, and draw first blood in the first of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Friday. Apart from Mohammed, it was Kieran Powell, who scored a prolific 61, which alos allowed West Indies to capitalise on the challenging total, and comfortably chase it down, while Mohammad Aamer and Shadab Khan were the only top wicket-takers for the visitors. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st ODI at Guyana
Earlier, West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the coin toss, and elected to bowl first, as Pakistan posted a challenging total of 308 for the loss of five wickets in the allotted 50 overs, courtesy of three half-centuries from Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, while Ashley Nurse claimed four wickets for 62. West Indies openers in the form of Evin Lewis and Chadwick Walton were off to a shaky start, as with just 23 runs on the board, it was Walton, who fell for mere seven to Mohammad Aamer in the fifth over. Nevertheless, it was followed by a 68-run stand between Lewis and Kieran Powell, that allowed West Indies to steady down.
However, Lewis fell short of his half-century by just three runs, and was dismissed for 47 off Hafeez in the 22nd over. Meanwhile, Powell scored his half-century, and was followed by another healthy 65-run stand between him and Shai Hope. However, it was at the score of 156, when Powell was dismissed for 61 by Wahab Riaz in the 33rd over. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st ODI at Guyana
Just a couple of runs later, it was Hope, who fell for 24 to Shadab Khan, the very next over, who was also Shadab’s maiden ODI wicket. Nonethe less, an impressive 70-run stand followed next between Mohammed and Jonathan Carter, before Carter fell for mere 14 at the score of 228 in the 42nd over. However, Mohammed had already started taking things to the next level, as he quickly brought up his half-century in just 30 deliveries.
It was 31 runs later, when skipper Holder fell for mere 11 to Shadab in the 45th over. Nevertheless, the pair of Mohammed and Nurse was enough to see Pakistan home, as they comfortably steered themselves towards a four-wicket win, with just six balls to spare. Mohammed was also adjudged Man of the Match for his match-winning knock of 91.
Pakistan 308 for 5 in 50 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 67, Mohammad Hafeez 88; Ashley Nurse 4 for 62) beat West Indies 309 for 6 in 49 overs (Kirean Powell 61, Jason Mohammed 91*; Mohammad Aamer 2 for 59, Shadab Khan2 for 52) by 4 wickets.
Man of the Match: Jason Mohammed (West Indies)