West Indies v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Providence April 8, 2017

I know my game a little better now - Mohammed

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'Wanted to play myself in'

A better understanding of his own game and knowledge of coping with specific match situations has helped Jason Mohammed transform his game over the last year, leading to a knock like the unbeaten 91 off 58 balls in the first ODI against Pakistan on Friday. Mohammed's half-century, his third of the year, was the bedrock of West Indies' record chase of 309, as they rallied from 158 for 4 in the 34th over to complete a four-wicket win with an over to spare.

"Starting from CPL [2016] with Guyana Amazon Warriors, my whole game has changed a lot," Mohammed said after the match. "I have really gained a lot of confidence and momentum and I did well with the A team as well. I think I just know my game a little better now, in terms of maturity, and knowing how to play certain situations has definitely brought me a long way."

With 287 runs in 12 matches, Mohammed was the second-highest run-getter for Amazon Warriors after Chris Lynn, and played a few key knocks in the side's successful chases during the tournament. Last month, in the home series against England, he played his first ODI in a year and a half, and was one of the few bright spots in West Indies' 3-0 defeat, scoring fifties in the first two matches.

On Friday, West Indies needed 128 off 13 overs with Mohammed batting on 15. He quickly switched gears, bringing up his fifty off 31 balls, and dominated the 70-run fifth-wicket partnership with Jonathan Carter, which revived the chase. That was followed by an unbroken 50-run partnership with Ashley Nurse for the seventh wicket.

Nurse, who took 4 for 62 in Pakistan's innings, slammed 34 off 15 balls, while Mohammed ended the match with 11 fours and three sixes. Mohammed said he was a momentum player, who needed to settle in before going for the big shots.

"It was a very good innings. Coming in to bat early, there was a little bit of pressure in terms of strike rate and stuff but I knew that I had to play myself in and rotate the strike and gain momentum, and take it down to the end as much as possible. That's exactly what we did as a team.

"As I always say, I tend to start off a little bit slower. I am a momentum player and I know that so long as I get my game right, it's going to come off. Try and work the ball around till I get a start and then I can hit the ball when I get in. That was my plan today and everything worked out excellently."

Nurse was pleased that three of his four wickets came in the last 15 overs of Pakistan's chase, with the opposition looking for big overs. "My job first and foremost is to bowl and get people out so I was very happy with the wickets," Nurse said. "I won't say I was happy with the bowling because I bowled some bad balls in between but it was nice to get the Pakistan wickets when they were really going helter skelter at the back end, and it was nice to come back even in the last 10 overs and get some wickets."

Coming in to bat with West Indies needing 50 off 33 balls, Nurse went after Pakistan's quick bowlers in the end overs, buoyed by the fact that he had been striking the ball well in the nets.

"Jason was hitting the ball really nicely and he came out to rotate the strike," Nurse said. "I was hitting the ball well in the nets so I knew my form was good and I just kept trying to hit the ball nice and straight and I backed myself to get the ball past the boundary and also give him the strike."

The second ODI will be played in Providence on April 9.

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  • swarzi on April 9, 2017, 13:25 GMT

    Declare Jason Mohammed ODI captain now!

  • Cricinfouser on April 9, 2017, 11:37 GMT

    Jason holder does not have the pace to bowl that many short pitch ball. and he cannot bat too well. especially when wi need him the most. both him and gabriel are liabilities to the team. Gabriel have no control and most of his deliveries is not going towards the stumps but ten miles away . he cannot deliver a yorker. what he needs to do is take some lessons from the great yorker man Mr curtly ambros. do not learn from tino best .

  • Cricinfouser on April 9, 2017, 11:11 GMT

    sad to see kesrick Williams not playing the odi but. I think he is a good bowler. he has accuracy and control. he Bowles more like wicket to wicket and in my view he should be in all formats. way better bowler than gabriel. he may not have that much pace but is a wicket taking bowler who is accurate and Bowles to the stumps

  • Cricinfouser on April 9, 2017, 11:05 GMT

    ashley nurse is the man. he went in there and did business. we need more games like that. bring some brightness back into wi cricket. most of all we need to win this odi series 3-0.

  • Ramslam92 on April 8, 2017, 19:34 GMT

    I would say as a player ashley nurse has improved significantly with both bat and ball....so if he can keep maintain this form it would be a great assist for windies....and jason mohommed was very smart cricketer,keep going windies.

  • Cricinfouser on April 8, 2017, 17:55 GMT

    Jason mohamed proved that wi can win games. just as evin lewis proved on the 3rd T20 . now Walton and the rest has to step up and bring west indies ranking up to at least top 5 in all division

  •   Alex Alleyne on April 8, 2017, 15:41 GMT

    Good chase and win by WI. I think the Holder should give Carter at least 3 overs per game. He is one of those players who love's to be always in the game. To keep Walton at the top is not working , just move him down the line . For WI I hope this is not a "one off situation". Loving it , 2 of the same teams, always in for a heart throbber everytime.

  • Usman Amjad on April 8, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    yesterday match thats prove pakistan cricket is not survive more 300 total aginst low team thats really bad sign for pakistan and i think qualify rounds pakistan play and first time pakistan out for wc poor team poor batting lineup ever in history better to join irland this is poor team

  •   cricfan91555690 on April 8, 2017, 15:16 GMT

    From psl we can find talent but only for t20is for odis we need to focus on list a cricket otherwise we will end our cricket just like the way we did with our hockey

  • Malaka on April 8, 2017, 14:45 GMT

    Carefull windies please protect him from IPL.. or will end up just like Gail,Samuels,Bravo,Naraine,Badree

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