GUYANA – Jason Mohammed scored an unbeaten 91 off 58 balls as West Indies recorded their highest successful one-day international run-chase to beat Pakistan in the first of a three-game series on Friday.
West Indies successfully chased a target of more than 300 for the first time in a thrilling four-wicket victory over Pakistan.
Set 309 to win, West Indies reached the target with six wickets down and one over to spare at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
Mohammed’s runs included three sixes and 11 fours and he shared a key unbeaten stand of 50 for the seventh wicket with Ashley Nurse (34 off 15 balls). Kieran Powell hit 61.
Pakistan had made 308/5, with 36-year-old Mohammad Hafeez top-scoring with 88 and Shoaib Malik (53) and Ahmed Shehzad (67) also contributing half-centuries.
“This win gives us a lot of confidence. We need to play each game like a final,” West Indies captain Jason Holder said.
West Indies’ previous highest successful run-chase was 300.
West Indies are seeking a clean sweep of the series to move ahead of Pakistan at number eight in the international rankings.
By the cut-off date of September 30 this year, the top eight teams, including hosts England, will automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup.