First One Day International
West Indies 294-9 (C H Gayle 113, R R Sarwan 55) v Pakistan 295-6 (Khurram Manzoor 69, Shoaib Malik 66, Younus Khan 56)
Pakistan beat West Indies by 4 wkts
Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal smashed two sixes in the final over to power his side to a thrilling victory in the first one-day international in Abu Dhabi.
Requiring 17 from the final over after the Windies had wrested the initiative from the chasing side with steady wickets, Akmal (24no) and partner Fawad Alam (26no) got the required runs off the bowling of Jerome Taylor with one ball to spare.
Captain Chris Gayle had hit his 17th one-day century as West Indies piled up 294-9 in their 50 overs, but Pakistan were always in with a chance after a solid start in their reply.
But it needed a breezy half-century from Shoaib Malik and Akmal's last ditch heroics to get them across the line after paceman Lionel Baker had taken three wickets on debut.
Gayle put on 125 in 20 overs with opening partner Sewnarine Chattergoon and another 73 with Ramnaresh Sarwan as the tourists got the three-match series off to a flying start.
Malik got the breakthrough with Chattergoon lobbing the ball to Khurram Manzoor at mid-on having made 33 off 55 balls, but Sarwan continued where he left off, easing to a half-century.
Gayle saw his side to the verge of the 200 mark in the 35th over before he finally fell, clipping Umar Gul to Shahid Afridi at mid-wicket just three balls after Gul had dropped a straight-forward return catch.
The Jamaican's innings of 113 came off just 106 balls and included 11 fours and five sixes, but his depature led to instability in the West Indies innings.
Sarwan fell shortly after for 55, smartly caught down the leg side by Akmal off Afridi, and although Xavier Marshall cracked four boundaries in his 26 the innings rather subsided.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributed 36 from 33 balls but after holing out off the bowling of Sohail Tanvir the Windies added just 11 from the final three overs, with Taylor, Daren Powell and Brendan Nash each perishing at the death.
Pakistan also looked assured with the bat with Salman Butt and Manzoor opening with a half-century stand, although they allowed the run-rate to rise.
Baker removed Butt for 24 but Younis Khan joined Manzoor and the pair both passed fifty - the former recording a high score of 69 before edging Taylor to Carlton Baugh.
Misbah-ul-Haq soon fell to the left-arm spin of Nikita Miller - attempting a reverse sweep - but skipper Malik was soon into his stride, adding 47 with Younis in seven overs before Baker had the latter caught by Chattergoon at mid-off for 56.
At that stage Pakistan required 88 from the final 10 overs and the match appeared to be fading from their grasp - Shahid Afridi (four) another victim of Baker, holing out to Chanderpaul on the mid-wicket fence.
But Alam and Malik worked the ball into the gaps and with the captain clearing the boundary for the first time in the innings they were never out of contention.
Malik (66 off 50 balls) holed out to Chanderpaul off Taylor's penultimate over to give the Windies the upper hand, and a marvellous 49th over from Gayle which yielded just six runs left the batsmen with a huge task.
Alam got a crucial single off the first ball and Akmal launched two huge hits, one over long off and another over point, to change the course of the match.
An overthrow didn't help the West Indies cause and it was left to Alam to guide the penultimate delivery into the leg side for the win.