First ODI: Pakistan set 309-run target for West Indies

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GUYANA – Pakistan set a mammoth target of 309 runs for West Indies in the first ODI at Providence, Guyana on Friday, April 7.

West Indies skipper Holer opted to field first after winning the toss, expecting early swing from the wicket. But, to his disappointment, the ball didn’t do much and Pakistan openers did full justice with a bad length West Indies bowling.

Kamran (47) and Shehzad (67) led the foundation of a big total with the 85-run opening partnership. Mohammad Hafeez (88) took a slow start, but once he was set on the wicket, he played his strokes with freedom. Shoaib Malik provided the needed cushion to the middle order with his 53 runs innings off just 38 balls.

The acceleration then came from Malik, whose half-century was a fine exhibition of power and fineness. West Indies were sloppy – dropped catches, fielded poorly, bowled all over the place. All that means they’ll have to pull off their highest successful ODI chase to go 1-0 up. Short turnaround time because West Indies took 20 minutes more than they should have

West Indies were sloppy – dropped catches, fielded poorly, bowled all over the place. All that means they’ll have to pull off their highest successful ODI chase to go 1-0 up. Short turnaround time because West Indies took 20 minutes more than they should have

Short turnaround time because West Indies took 20 minutes more than they should have.

When they come to bat, West Indies will require to chase the highest total on this venue, that is 309.

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