First One-day International


At Kingston, March 23. West Indies won by four wickets. Toss: West Indies. International debut: Basit Ali.

An enthralling innings of 114, at a run a ball, from Lara crushed Pakistan. Haynes, Simmons and Richardson had contributed only 51 runs to the total of 180 when the little left-hander was out. If West Indies lost three more wickets getting the remaining 44 runs, it was because Lara's successors batted as if they did not want to suffer in comparison.

Pakistan were asked to bat in testing conditions, a cloudy sky preserving dampness in the pitch. Their strategy was to conserve wickets against keen bowling by Ambrose and Walsh and mount a late offensive. The openers consumed 23 overs gathering 67 runs. Some loose bowling by Bishop and Inzamam-ul-Haq's assault on Adams gave Pakistan some momentum; Inzamam smashed 50 off 48 balls and added 118 in 21 overs with Aamir Sohail.

Man of the Match: B. C. Lara.

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