Two legends farewell and a struggling team: Preview West Indies vs Pakistan – 1st Test

West Indies remain the team who are prone to spoil the farewell of legends, less than 4 years ago they were the side giving farewell to Tendulkar last test. And now they are prepared to show their gratitude towards Pakistan two legends in test Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. The farewell series contains three test matches against the Jason Holder men’s.

The Spotlight will be on the visitors as two of their most profilic batsman are ready to play their last test series. There would be plenty of questions to be asked like will Younis Khan reach the 10,000 mark or will Misbah-ul-Haq will end the streaks of losing 6 straight series against oppositions. Can Pakistan win their first test series on the soil of carribean. And the major one is will Younis Khan stick to his retirement decision this time.

On the other hand, nothing much is expected from the new team of West Indies. They are struggling in their own combination and team struggle and it would be magical if they pull out a series win or rather help their side claiming a draw. The most noticeable part was Pakistan were struggling in the practice match against West Indies. The would be retiring legends just added 15 runs together while Yasir Shah their main bowler went for plenty and just claimed 3 wickets. And West President’s XI went on to draw the practice three day test.

Form Guide:

West Indies: WLLDL

Pakistan: LLLLL

What: West Indies vs Pakistan, Sabina park, Kingston, Jamaica.

When: 21-25 April, 8.30 IST.

What to expect: Rain is expected to play a big part with thunderstorms expected on each day.

Team Preview:

West Indies: Keiron Powell is making a return to the side while Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmyer could make a debut in reshaping the top order of the team. Shannon Gabriel is fit to be in playing XI as well.

Probable XI: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shimron Hetmyer/Shai Hope, 4 Vishaul Singh, 5 Jermaine Blackwood, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8. Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabriel

Pakistan: Hasan Ali is likely to miss the first test due to groin injury and left arm spinner Mohammad Asghar would probably make his debut. He will be the first player from Baluchistan province to make a debut in a test match.

Probable XI:  1 Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Yasir Shah

Players in the Spotlight:

Keiron Powell: after been dropping from the side in June 2014, Keiron Powell is set to make his return in test matches. And all eyes will be on him to make a proving statement in his returning test.

Younis Khan & Misbah-ul-Haq: the series is set to be the last test series for them. And both will be very keen to perform to their standards at their last test series.

Pitch conditions: the pitch would be harder and faster as the game progresses and fast bowlers are prone to make merry. Rain is expected on all five days of cricket.

From:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.

West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell, Vishaul Singh.

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