Brilliant Mohammed seals 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 here 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.
West Indies appeared condemned to their 10th straight defeat in a bilateral series when Pakistan piled up an imposing venue-record 308 for five off their 50 overs - also their highest-ever ODI total against their opponents.
Capitalising on a less than memorable Windies performance in the field, Mohammed Hafeez top-scored with 88 while opener Ahmed Shezad, with 67 and veteran Shoaib Malik, with 53, also chimed in with half-centuries.
Off-spinner Nurse picked up four for 62 to be the hosts' best bowler.
West Indies' victory chances took a hit when Chadwick Walton drove Amir to Wahab Riaz to mid-off to depart for seven with the score on 23 for one in the fifth over.
However, the left-handed Powell then anchored two successive half-century stands to ensure West Indies did not fall apart at the seams.
On 156 for two in the 33rd over, West Indies received a huge setback when they lost both Powell and Shai Hope in successive overs.
Powell tamely punched the first ball of a new spell from seamer Wahab to mid-off while Hope was drawn from his crease by Shadab and stumped.
Unbeaten on one at this stage with West Indies on 158 for four in the 34th over and facing a daunting required run rate of nearly 10 an over, Mohammed single-handedly transformed the game with an exhibition of stunning ball-striking which stunned a previously buoyant Pakistan.
The 30-year-old right-hander, in only his sixth ODI, belted 11 effortless fours and three huge sixes, in a career-best knock to follow up his two half-centuries against England last month.
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