Windies Gives Pakistan A Shellacking In Opener

The Windies drew first blood in their match up against Pakistan in the first of their 3-match One Day International series encounter at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Friday.

Pakistan batted first and put up a mammoth total of 308-5. They were led by half centuries from  Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik as Pakistan put Windies bowlers to the sword.

When the dust was settled, Hafeez top-scored with 88 and shared an 89 run fourth wicket partnership with Shoaib who made 53.

Earlier, opener Ahmed Shehzad 67 and Kamran Akmal 47, put on 85 runs for the first wicket off 15 overs.

Ashley Nurse was the pick of the West Indian bowlers, grabbing 4- 62 while captain Jason Holder took 1-58.

Windies turn at the wicket, held little promise in the first instance , but with spectacular batting , the mountain seems to have come to Jason Mohammed as he put away Pakistan’s bowlers with scorn and disdain to race to an unbeaten 91, thus helping his team to overtake Pakistan’s total.

Kiearan Powell 61, Evin Lewis 47 and Ashley Nurse 34, also made significant contributions for the Windies who pulled off their highest successful ODI chase.

The second game will be played on Sunday at the same venue.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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