Following a commendable 3-1 win in the just concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series, visitors Pakistan failed to live up to the expectations, as they scummed to a four-wicket defeat to the hands of the hosts West Indies, who drew first blood, in the first of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Friday. The match was intense, along with an intense innings from Jason Mohammaed, whose unbeaten 91 was the star moment of the match, allowing the Windies to draw the first blood. However, Pakistan were good enough to create the utmost pressure over the hosts. Meanwhile, let us have a look at the highlights from the opening ODI. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st ODI at Guyana
Ahmed Shehzad’s healthy 67: Pakistan openers were off to a good start, especially Ahmed Shehzad, who scored past his half-century, and scored a healthy 67 to allow Pakistan stay in the driver’s seat during their innings, before he fell to Ashley Nurse. His innings included six boundaries along with a strike rate of 81, followed by an 85-run stand with fellow opener Kamran Kaml, that put Pakistan on top.
Shehzad-Kamran Akmal’s important 85-run opening stand: An opening stand is the most crucial part of any innings. Pakistan did the right thing with a good opening stand, as Shehzad, along with Kamran Akmal contributed decently with an 85-run opening stand, that certainly put Pakistan on top, and in the driver’s seat, which was also the platform to the challenging total of 308, later posted by Pakistan. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st ODI at Guyana
Mohammad Hafeez’s prolific 88: Apart from Shehzad, it also was Mohammad Hafeez, who scored a prolific 88, that allowed Pakistan to build a pillar to its steady and strong innings. Hafeez’s innings included six boundaries and three sixes, along with a strike rate of 96, that certainly allowed Pakistan to build a good innings. His 64-run stand with Shehzad too did it for Pakistan.
Shehzad-Hafeez’s steady 64-run stand: Shehzad and Hafeez, apart from their individual innings, contributed decently when it came to the partnerships, and both the batsmen did so together, as they kept on rotating strikes, which allowed them to build a proper innings, while Pakistan kept steering towards a healthy total. Shehzad contributed 31, while Hafeez contributed 27 runs in the stand.
Shoab Malik’s strong 53: With the Pakistan innings seeming to be in a threatening position, veteran Shoaib Malik did something fruitful, as he struck a strong and much needed 53, that allowed Pakistan to go past the 300-run mark, and also put up the challenging total on the board. His innings included six boundaries, and a couple of sixes, along with a strike rate of 139.
Hafeez-Malik’s grand stand of 89: Hafeez, who was the star of the Pakistan innings was not done with Shehzad, as he joined hands with Malik to give Pakistan a much needed and a grand 89-run stand between the two, which allowed Pakistan to post the challenging total of 308. Hafeez contributed 46, while Malik contributed 37 in the stand, as Pakistan were done by building a proper good innings.
Kieran Powell’s decent knock of 61: For West indies, things started off with a decent and brilliant knock of 61 from Kieran Powell, who scored a brilliant half-century, and played a decent innings to allow West Indies the much needed momentum and build the platform for them to get set with the hefty chase, for the big total set by Pakistan. His innings included five boundaries, along with a strike rate of 71.
Evin Lewis-Powell’s commendable stand of 68: Powell’s half-century did not just end there, as he was also involved in a commendable and important 68-run stand along with opener Evin Lewis, who too struck a good 47. Lewis contributed 35, while Powell contributed 27 in the stand, as the stand acted as the build-up to the fine West Indian innings later in the game.
Powell-Shai Hope’s fair stand of 65: Powell was till not done there, as he along with middle-order batsman Shai Hope again were involved in a decent and a fair stand of 65, as it was another one of those stand, which certainly allowed West Indies to steer on, and keep themselves in the match until the end, as they stole a win from Pakistan’s bag at the end.
Jason Mohammed’s crucial unbeaten 91: Middle-order batsman Jason Mohammed played the gem of an innings, as it was his crucial and match-winning knock of 91, that sealed West Indies’s fate in the match. His unbeaten knock, which included 11 boundaries and three sixes, certainly broke the backbone of the Pakistan bowling attack, and his powerful batting just stole the show, as West Indies comfortable cruised to a four-wicket win.
Mohammed-Jonatahn Carter’s match-winning stand of 70: However, Mohammed did not do the job along, and was well supported by his partner Janothan Carter at the other end, who held his nerves, and properly rotated the strike to allow Mohammed to play his game and stand a chance for West indies to see out the match. Carter contributed just 14, while Mohammed contributed 56 in the stand, proving his dominance once again.
Mohammed-Ashley Nurse’s clinical 50-run stand: Mohammed was not done with Carter as well, as he then switched gears along with Ashley Nurse, and both the men put up a clinical 50-run stand to allow West Indies register the target with ease, as they drew first blood in the match. Mohammed contributed 14 in the stand, while Nurse showed some late fireworks, as he contributed 34 to see West indies home.