West Indies defied history in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the four-match series against Pakistan at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday (April 8), as they hunted down a 300-plus total to register their highest successful chase in 50-over cricket history.
Jason Mohammed’s match-winning 91 off 58 balls and Ashley Nurse valuable cameo of 34 of in just 15 deliveries helped West Indies secure a history-altering win, as they comfortably romped to a four-wicket win against the visitor to go 1-0 up in the all-important series.
With 128 required off the last 13 overs and only 4 wickets intact, the match seemed to have effectively slipped away from the grasp of the home side, especially after Kieron Powell — who kept West Indies in the hunt with his 61 — and Shai Hope fell within 10 balls to each other. But both Mohammed and Nurse had other plans, as they squeezed the life out of Pakistan bowlers. Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali were all off-target in the crucial latter overs and dealt with utter disdain by the powerful West Indies pair.
Amir returned figures of 2-59 in his 9 overs, Hasan Ali conceded 43 in his five overs, and Wahab went for 69 in his 9 overs.
Earlier, Pakistan had posted a record 308 while batting first — the highest innings score at the Providence Stadium — mainly due to the contributions from Mohammad Hafeez (88), Ahmed Shehzad (64) and Shoaib Malik (53).
Earlier, K Akmal (47) and Shehzad (64) provided a blistering start after being asked to bat first, as they added 59 in the first 10 overs. Hafeez — who was surprisingly promoted ahead of the in-form Babar Azam — seemed to struggle for runs and strike rate in the first half of his innings, but he accelerated immensely in the latter half to finish with 88 off 92.
Malik’s magnificent 53 off just 38 balls — laced with 2 maximums and four boundaries — were instrumental in ensuring Pakistan’s tally beyond 300, a scored that looked improbable before his arrival at the crease.
Ashley Nurse was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, as he claimed 4-62 in his 10 overs.
WIvPAK, 1st ODI, Match Summary:
West Indies 309 for 6 (Jason Mohammed 91*, Powell 61, Amir 2-59) beat Pakistan 308 for 5 (Hafeez 88, Shehzad 67, Nurse 4-62) by four wickets
“It was a big total. They started off nicely and finished off reasonably well. Jason Mohammed played brilliantly and was equally well supported by Nurse in the end. 300 was always a daunting task, we knew where we had to be at every stage. Evin Lewis played a crucial knock and Powell came and settled things in the middle. But in the end, the explosion was fantastic. Slightly disappointed with my shot, was trying to go over the top but couldn’t. The mindset for us is to remain positive and would look to take it forward to the next two games as well. These points are very crucial for us going forward.” Jason Holder, captain West Indies, said.
“It was a tough match. We set a good score but credit to the way they batted. Especially the way Mohammed came in and batted. I thought 308 was a decent score, but with the bowling we have, it should have been defended. We would try not to repeat the mistakes we made today and would like to bounce back the next time around.” Sarfraz Ahmed, captain Pakistan, said.