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Jason Mohammed's blazing 58-ball 91 and an explosive cameo from Ashley Nurse carried the West Indies to a historic four-wicket victory over Pakistan in the opening One-Day International at the National Stadium.

Chasing Pakistan's 308/5, the home side on Friday completed the task in 49 overs to mark the first time it has successfully chased 300 or more in an ODI. Put in to bat, Pakistan's total was built on half-centuries by Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, according to an International Cricket Council (ICC) report.

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The West Indies have included fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton while leaving out Carlos and Kraigg Brathwaite for the first two One-day Internationals (ODI) of the three-match rubber against Pakistan, starting on Friday.

The series holds importance for the hosts' chances of an automatic 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualification. Pakistan are currently No. 8 in the ICC's ODI rankings, holding the final automatic qualification spot while the West Indies are at 9th, with five ranking points separating the sides.

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Pakistan bounced back from a defeat in the third Twenty20 International to complete a seven-wicket win over the West Indies in the fourth game to take the series 3-1.

The series win over the World champions on Sunday lifted Pakistan from No. 6 in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I team rankings to No. 4, and sent the Caribbean side down to the sixth position. New Zealand tops the charts with 127 ratings points, followed by India (124) and South Africa (117), while England is between Pakistan and the West Indies at No.5.

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Evin Lewis' scored a brilliant 91 as West Indies defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the third Twenty20 International (T20I) at Queen's Park Oval. With the West Indies chasing 138, Lewis slammed nine sixes and five boundaries to take the hosts past the target in barely 14.5 overs on Saturday.

Lewis' assault on the bowling was in stark contrast to the struggles of most of the Pakistani batsmen, with the exception of Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam, as Pakistan collapsed from a solid 92 for 2 in 12 overs to a meagre 137 - adding only 45 runs in the last eight overs and losing six more wickets.

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The West Indies Cricket Board announced today that Afghanistan will play three Twenty20 and three One-day Internationals on its tour of the Caribbean in May/June this year.

It will be the first time that the Afghans will be playing West Indies in a series on Caribbean soil, although it’s not the first time the team will be playing here. 

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The West Indies suffered a six-wicket defeat against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval yesterday. The West Indies, sent in to bat, were restricted to 111 for eight from their allocation of 20 overs.

Carlos Brathwaite, the captain, hit an unbeaten 34 from 27 balls to lead the way, after the Windies were wobbling on 49 for six and was the only batsman to reach 20. The home team’s batting was undone by debutant, 18-year-old, leg-spinner Shadab Khan with a memorable spell of 3-7 from four overs.

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The Inzamam ul Haq-led Pakistan selection committee on Wednesday recalled veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and opener Ahmed Shehzad for the upcoming three One-day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals during their tour of the West Indies later this month.

Azhar Ali, who had been captain of the 50-over side as recently as January, has been dropped while fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been rested for the T20 format.

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