PROVIDENCE (GUYANA), April 8: Jason Mohammed played the finest innings of his brief international career to pace the West Indies to an historic four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the opening One-Day International at the National Stadium in Guyana on Friday.
Set a daunting target after the visitors rattled up a formidable 308 for five batting first, Mohammed�s blistering unbeaten 91 off just 58 deliveries, aided by an explosive cameo at the end from Ashley Nurse (34 off 15 balls), saw the home side successfully chasing a target of 300 or more in an ODI for the first time ever following 31 previous failed attempts over a 44-year period.
With that weight of history against them, Pakistan looked to have put the West Indies out of the match on a relaid pitch that encouraged attacking strokeplay.
Mohammed Hafeez led the tourists� batting effort with a top score of 88 to temporarily quell the rising tide of criticism at his position in the batting line-up ahead of prolific youngster Babar Azam. � AFP
Pakistan: Shehzad b Nurse 67, Akmal c Walton b Holder 47, Hafeez c Walton b Nurse 88, Azam c Joseph b Nurse 13, Malik c Holder b Nurse 53, Ahmed not out 20, Wasim not out 6. Extras: (b-3, lb-3, w-7, nb-1) 14. Total: (For 5 wkts, 50 overs) 308. Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-149, 3-177, 4-266, 5-284. Bowling: Joseph 10-1-49-0, Gabriel 10-0-69-0, Mohammed 4-1-28-0, Holder 10-0-58-1, Nurse 10-0-62-4, Bishoo 6-0-36-0.
West Indies: Lewis b Hafeez 47, Walton c Riaz b Amir 7, Powell c Akmal b Riaz 61, Hope stpd Ahmed b Khan 24, Mohammed not out 91, Carter c Riaz b Amir 14, Holder c Azam b Khan 11, Nurse not out 34. Extras (lb-6, w-13, nb-1) 20. Total (For 6 wkts, 49 overs) 309. Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-91, 3-156, 4-158, 5-228, 6-259. Bowling: Amir 9-0-59-2, Ali 5-0-43-0, Hafeez 8-0-35-1, Malik 6-0-24-0, Riaz 9-0-69-1, Khan 9-0-52-2, Wasim 3-0-21-0.