Apart from Caribbean premier league’s, there has not been any international t-20 matches at the port of Spain since 8 years. The on-going series between Pakistan and West Indies is the new hope for Caribbean cricket. Today the second match of the series will be played. And unlike the previous match Indies would look forward to level the series and make the final match a bit interesting.
Pakistan out spun West Indies in every aspect of the previous match and won the match easily with six wickets remaining. The only positive thing from the west Indies point of view was the performance of Carlos Braithwaite. Despite being the larger name of T20 Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons were not able to rescue the sinking ship off West Indies and were completely clueless against the 19th-year-old debutant leg-spinner Shadab Khan. Shadab bowled an excellent spell of 4 overs giving away just 7 runs and scalping 3 wickets. Pakistan will be looking forward to winning today’s match and extending their lead.
Unlike the pitch of Barbados pitch of Port of Spain will be much friendly to the Caribbean teams as it looks like a high scoring flat pitch with not much support for the spinners. The average first inning score over here is of 177 runs in T20 matches.
West Indies: L L L L W
Pakistan: W W W W W
Players to watch out for:
Sunil Narine: despite not performing as to his worth in the first game, he will definitely bounce back and take away some scalps in the second clash.
Imad Wasim: Captain recommends opening his bowling with him for a reason. The slow left-arm spinner is a genius in T20 matches and can be useful lower down the order while batting.
West Indies despite losing their first match of the series would not hamper the combination of the team much while Pakistan will probably play with same winning eleven from the previous match. Jason Mohammed can be handed a chance in place of either Rowman Powell or Lendl Simmons for the West Indies.Jerome Taylor can be given a chance in place of Williams.
West Indies (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton (wk), 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Jason Mohammed/Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Jason Holder, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Jerome Taylor
Pakistan (probable): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Babar Azam, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Wahab Riaz
The pitch at the Queen’s park oval will be a little more scoring than the previous match and conditions out there in the middle will be humid with no intervention of rain.
Pakistan is likely to continue their winning streaks and possibly will win. On the other hand, West Indies need to show some serious fight if they want to remain in the competition.
Our prediction is 60% chances of Pakistan winning the match.
Stats and trivia
- The three remaining T20Is this series will all be played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. This will double the number of T20Is ever played at this ground, which has not seen a T20I since 2011.
- Babar Azam has now gone 15 consecutive innings in limited-overs cricket without being dismissed in single figures. The last time he failed to reach double figures was during the third ODI in Nottingham against England last year, when he was dismissed for 9.