West Indies vs Pakistan: West Indies will lock horns with Pakistan in the second T20I of their four-match T20I series on Friday. The match will be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana and will begin at 8:30 PM IST on Saturday.
The opening T20I of the Kennington Oval was abandoned due to persistent rain. After a delay due to rain, the match was reduced to nine overs per side. After being sent to bat first West Indies scored 85 runs for five wickets down thanks to Pollard’s unbeaten nine-ball 22 runs knock.
West Indies top order succumbed while trying to hit big shots. Nicholas Pooran was the only batsman who could score a double-digit score. While among the bowlers only Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped the crucial wickets of Evin Lewis & Shimron Hetmyer.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Hafeez, and Usman Qadir scalped one wicket each. In the second match whether Pakistan batsmen could make a difference in overseas conditions or not is a wait & watch thing. The West Indies will be looking ahead to clinch the T20I series just as they did by winning the T20I series over Australia by a 4-1 score.
Match: West Indies vs Pakistan
Date & Time: July 31, 2021, 8:30 PM IST
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana
The first match was abandoned due to rain & the weather forecast for the second T20I is not different either. There are chances of rain during the second T20I also with another washout game on cards.
The pitch in Guayana is not batsmen-friendly, so there is less chance for big scores, especially in T20Is. The average score in T20I is under 140 with the pitch traditionally known to help the chasing teams.
Predicted playing XIs
West Indies team is well equipped in terms of both batsmen & ballers so the hosts will go ahead with the same team in the second T20I.
Predicted XI: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Akeal Hosein
Pakistan is also quite satisfied with their batting & bowling unit. Their middle-order just needs to be more consistent in terms of their performance with the bat.
Predicted XI: Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir
Looking at Guyana’s history, out of six T20Is four have gone in the favor of the chasing team. The team batting second should be able to come out on top.
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