The three-test series between West indies and Pakistan has been started from 21st of April 2017 at Sabina park in Jamaica. This series is going to be very interesting because both teams are struggling. West Indies some how got a little momentum after winning the 3rd test from Pakistan last year whereas Pakistan is looking a little low on confidence after loosing 6 straight matches, 1 against West Indies, 2 against New Zealand and 3 against Australia.
More over, West Indies want to win this test series to continue the momentum which they got from the last test match played against Pakistan in Sharjah, where as Pakistan will be trying its best to win the series in order to give Misbah and Younis a fitting fare well.
On papers West Indies team looks very weak especially after the absence of their main player Darren Bravo, where as Pakistan team is very strong on papers. The positive point for Pakistan is that it’s main players are coming back in form. Younis, Azhar and Shafiq all three scored hundreds in Australia. Azhar Ali was the highest run scorer from Pakistan, scoring 406 runs with average of 81.26 including a double century at MCG in Australia vs Australia, where as Younis and Shafiq scored 298 and 239 in 6 innings respectively.
What Pakistan worries about is of it’s bowling. Their two main strike bowlers’ (Amir and Yasir) confidence is very low after a nightmare series vs Australia. Yasir got 8 wickets in 5 innings with an average of 84 while Muhammad Amir took 5 wickets in 4 innings with an average of 61.6.
While WI will be hoping that Kraig Braithwaite carries his form from last test match to this series. Braithwaite played an important role in the famous victory of West Indies at Sharjah last year. He played outstanding innings of 142 not out in the first innings and 60 not out in the second innings to secured a famous victory for West Indies.
Looking at the other players of West Indies like S.Dowrich, RL chase and J Blackwood, one can hope for a good performance from West Indies. This series will provide a very solid platform for them to show their talent. On the other hand West Indies bowling has become weak, apart from Bishop there is no other bowler who can consistently bowl good line and length.
So! This test match series is going to be very interesting as both the teams carry famous tag with their name “Unpredictable”. This series is also important for another point of view is that it is the last series of two legends of Pakistan Misbah ul haq and Younis khan. Pakistan will desperately want to win the series to give both of them a fabulous farewell.