Mohammad shines in record Windies chase
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Jason Mohammed struck the second fastest-ever half-century by a West Indian against Pakistan, as the embattled Caribbean side pulled off a daring record run chase to win the opening One-Day International by four wickets yesterday.
Having never successfully chased in excess of 300 in an ODI, the inexperienced Windies side tore up the form books to overhaul a challenging target of 308 with an over to spare at the Guyana National Stadium, and take a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Mohammed was at the heart of the sensational win, producing a magical unbeaten 91 from 58 balls to steal Man-of-the-Match honours. Opener Kieran Powell struck a measured 61, Evin Lewis hit 47, while tail-ender Ashley Nurse smashed a cameo 15-ball 34 not out down the stretch to help see West Indies over the line.
Debutant leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-52) and seamer Mohammed Amir (2-59) finished with two wickets apiece, but were powerless to influence the outcome.
Ahmed Shehzad b Nurse 67
Kamran Akmal c Walton b Holder 47
Mohammad Hafeez c Walton b Nurse 88
Babar Azam c Joseph b Nurse 13
Shoaib Malik c Holder b Nurse 53
*+Sarfraz Ahmed not out 20
Imad Wasim not out 6
Extras (b3, lb3, w7, nb1) 14
TOTAL (5 wkts, 50 overs) 308
Did not bat: Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz.
Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-149, 3-177, 4-266, 5-284.
Bowling: Joseph 10-1-49-0, Gabriel 10-0-69-0 (w1, nb1), Mohammed 4-1-28-0, Holder 10-0-58-1 (w4), Nurse 10-0-62-4 (w1), Bishoo 6-0-36-0 (w1).
E Lewis b Mohammad Hafeez 47
C Walton c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Amir 7
K Powell c Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 61
+S Hope st Sarfraz Ahmed b Shadab Khan 24
J Mohammed not out 91
J Carter c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Amir 14
*J Holder c Babar Azam b Shadab Khan 11
A Nurse not out 34
Extras (lb 6, w13, nb1) 20
TOTAL (6 wkts, 49 overs) 309
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-91, 3-156, 4-158, 5-228, 6-259.
Bowling: Mohammad Amir 9-0-59-2 (w4), Hasan Ali 5-0-43-0, Mohammed Hafeez 8-0-35-1 (w1), Shoaib Malik 6-0-24-0 (w1), Wahab Riaz 9-0-69-1 (w3, nb1), Shadab Khan 9-0-52-2, Imad Wasim 3-0-21-0.
Result: West Indies won by four wickets.
Series: West Indies lead three-match series 1-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Jason Mohammed.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Joel Wilson, Simon Fry; TV Ian Gould