Gros Islet, April 23: Hosts West Indies had no answers to an in-form Pakistan that cruised to an 8 wicket win in the first game of a three-match ODI series in the Carribean. Chasing a modest 221/6, Pakistan's openers gave their side a quick start, departing for 88 in 16.4 overs, before Asad Shafiq and Msbah-ul-Haq with an unbeaten 61 and 73 respectively, took their side home to an easy victory. Earlier in the day, the West Indies laboured to their total with Dwayne Bravo top-scoring for his side with a slow 67 while Wahab Riaz was perhaps the most successful Pakistani bowler with figures of 2/62.
The Windies' innings got off to a positive start with Devon Smith striking the first four off Junaid Khan in the first over before smashing Riaz for two consecutive boundaries in the 3rd. But four overs later, Mohammad Hafeez trapped him in front for 17 off 30 balls and the Windies were 30/1 in 6.4 overs. Then wth Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons at the crease, the scoring rate dropped dramatically as the two took their side past 50 in the 15th over. In the 20th over, slow-left armer Saeed Ajmal got rid of Simmons caught behind for 24 off 44 balls as the score read 67/2.
A few overs later, Marlon Samuels was run out for 2 off 19 balls as the Windies slipped further into trouble at 77/3 in 23.5 overs. In the 31st over, Kirk Edwards ran a single off Shahid Afridi to bring up his side's 100. The runs skept trickling in before Riaz dismissed Edwards for 28 off 49 balls in the 39th over with the score at a dismal 136/4. Together with his brother Darren, Dwayne Bravo took the score past 150 in the 42nd over before launching a late assault. Darren knocked a four and a six off Junaid Khan in the 43rd over. Then in the next over, both brothers were dismissed as the score read 177/6 in 45 overs.
It looked like the hosts would barely reach 200. But captain Darren Sammy teamed up with Carlton Baugh striking 16 runs off the 48th over, to take the Windies past the mark before knocking off 16 more runs off the penultimate over and 3 in the final. The Windies had wrapped up their innings at 221/6 in their 50 overs.
In their reply, Pakistan's openers gave their side a blistering start with Hafeez smashing two fours each off Sammy and Kemar Roach in the second and third over. Then Ahmed Shahzad got into the act, biffing Roach for three fours in the 5th over as the visitors surged to 35/0 in 5 overs. Hafeez then took two fours off Andre Russell in the 8th over as the score moved past 50. But in the 13th over, leg-break Devendra Bishoo had Shehzad caught behind for 22 off 39 balls as the score read 68/1.
Then Hafees brought up his 50 in style, striking Bishoo for a six in the 15th over. But the bowler got his revenge in the 17th over when he had Hafeez caught at short midwicket for 54 off 45 balls. The score was 88/2 at that juncture. Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq then held sway, taking their side past 100 in the 21st over. With the same batting dup flourishing, the visitors' score moved past 150 in the 28th over and past 200 in the 39th over. En route, both batsmen had brought upn their fifties.
Pakistan took jutst three more overs to win the match, with Misbah not out on 73 and Asad Shafiq unbeaten on 61.