Pakistan eyeing to conquer the Struggling West Indies for the first time
The young West Indies squad find themselves with their backs against the wall after initially competing with the visitors before wilting late in the game at Sabina Park. Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has found inspiration playing in his final series and looks determined to power his men to a series win to go out on a high. His opposite number Jason Holder has shown signs of becoming a world-class all rounder but he is in desperate need of support. The West Indies need to show more application with bat in hand and more ruthlessness with the ball. For Pakistan it will be about staying on a roll and maintaining control of the series and they will be a little concerned about the openers lack of form. With ball in hand Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir have ensured that there is a balance in the Pakistan attack and helped peg the hosts back after a good start. While the West Indies bowlers looked better than their batting they need to find a way to be more consistent, it is key that Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel continue the progress they have made in the last few months. The Windies fragile batting leaves Pakistan as firm favourites to claim a series win in Barbados.
The Second Test is due to start on 30th April. West Indies will fight hard to keep the series alive where as the visitors will have loads of confidence having the First Test Match in their bag
The series has picked up it’s excitement as it’s leading Pakistan towards creating history by sealing a test series win for the very first time on West Indian soil. However Caribbeans will try their level best to make sure this record remains intact. It will be a tough task considering the dominance Pakistan had shown in the rain affected first test Match.
West Indies bowling has been well but not really up to the mark. Its playing line up consists of inexperienced players, on the other hand Pakistan has got 2 of the greats of the game Younis and Misbah. It will be worth watching how this inexperienced West Indian side tackle with highly experienced and balanced Pakistani side. Other than Younis and Misbah, Pakistan has the joy of young players like Azhar, Shafiq, Sarfaraz who can score valuable runs for the team. Though Pakistan has been struggling to get a good opening partnership for a while but they have the seniors to rescue them.
The Windies batting has also been pretty much ordinary so far, scoring only 438 runs in whole match. Credit goes to Pakistan’s fantastic Bowling which has been their major strength over the years,. It helped them yet again in the first test as Amir picked up 7 wickets and Yasir Shah taking 8 in the match ripping apart the poor batting line up of West Indies. Spinners will once again play an important role in the second test so Pakistan can add another spinner (shadab/asghar) in their lineup in place of Wahab Riaz.
West Indies needs to pull up its socks and learn from its mistakes otherwise the second Test will be a walk in the park for Pakistan.
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.
Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (w), Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.
Last five head-to-head results:
2017 First Test: Paksitan won by 4 wickets at Sabina Park, Kingston
2016 Third Test: West Indies won by 5 wickets in Sharjah
2016 Second Test: Pakistan won by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi
2016 First Test: Pakistan won by 56 runs in Dubai
2011 Second Test: Pakistan won by 196 runs in Basseterre
April 30 – May 4
Morning session: 10:00-12:00 (15:00-17:00 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:40-14:40 (17:40-19:40)
Evening session: 15:00-17:00 (20:00-22:00)
Umpires: Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough
TV Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee: Chris Broad