This is one way to nail a 300-plus chase. Not a way seen before, really, or one any cricket manual, traditional or modern, would recommend. Or, indeed, a way West Indies themselves would have planned. But, spearheaded by Jason Mohammed, who played the innings of his life, West Indies clawed their way back into a contest they didn’t even seem to be a part of for 35 overs of the chase. They needed 128 from 13 overs, and had been sedentary for the best part of the first 37 when Jason Mohammed suddenly exploded into life, treating Pakistan’s vaunted fast-bowling attack with disdain, as Amir, Wahab and Hasan Ali were all on the receiving end of hammerings in the slog overs.
It seemed a while before Pakistan seemed to realise the game wasn’t over yet, and by then, Jason Mohammed was one step ahead of everything Pakistan’s bowlers, and an increasingly panic-stricken Sarfraz Ahmed, could throw at him. Ashley Nurse gave Jason Mohammed adequate support towards the end as Pakistan’s sizeable advantage vanished before their disbelieving eyes. Before the small Guyana crowd could so much as pinch themselves, their side – these supposed IPL rejects – had beaten Pakistan into submission and romped to a record chase with an over to spare.