West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 1st day May 20, 2011

West Indies control rain-hit day

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Pakistan 180 for 6 (Azhar 67, Akmal 56, Rampaul 3-40) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ravi Rampaul played a role, but the thoughtlessness of Pakistan's batting played a bigger one as they limped to 180 for 6 on a rain-affected first day of the second Test in St Kitts. The tourists won the toss and the surface looked blameless; no undue movement, good, even bounce and a history of high scores. Yet only Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal realised its true worth, and their half-centuries were sandwiched between two collapses.

It was difficult to know which collapse was worse. The second came as Pakistan were recovering, not entirely composed but firmer than they had been. Ali was providing the calm, Akmal the oomph. The pair had come together at 74 for 4, with nearly half the day gone. The impetus was provided by Akmal, who played an attacking shot to every ball he faced initially.

There was some beauty - a front foot cut off Rampaul for instance - but it was hidden among skittishness. The innings' 44th over, from Devendra Bishoo, was typical: Akmal beaten by a legbreak, then slicing an ugly slog, then sweeping fine and almost popping a catch to cover.

But tea came 40 minutes early because of rain and it instilled in Akmal some of the calm of Ali. There were still strokes - how can there not be? - such as a lovely, clipped three through midwicket off Darren Sammy, before the shot of the innings, a dancing loft over long-off against Bishoo. But these increasingly became the exception, as he put his head down and, like a recovering amnesiac, remembered how Test innings are built.

Ali was as much a contrast as he could be in a 93-run stand, nervous to begin, eventually composed if not ever authoritative. Sammy troubled him, again bringing the ball in off a good length. Ali treated it first as some unfathomable delivery thrown down by a freak concoction of Dennis Lillee, Muttiah Muralitharan and Paul Adams. He fairly crawled to lunch, unsure and jumpy in allowing four of the last six overs to pass as maidens.

But Ali's bubble acquired greater robustness in the shortened afternoon session. He reached out to Bishoo to drive and then, when the legspinner erred short, he cut him through cover. After tea, a back foot punch off Sammy - now much more decipherable - brought a seventh Test fifty, though there was also a sharp chance to slip soon after.

Akmal brought up his sixth fifty just before the fourth and longest rain-break of the day and just as all appeared well, he slipped back into his coma. Chasing a Sammy ball wide enough to be wided, he top-edged the slog to third man. Four overs later Ali went, run-out in a careless mix-up with Mohammad Salman; only Asoka de Silva was more careless in not spotting that Salman should've been out because he grounded his bat after Ali at the non-striker's end. Pakistan ended the day with no recognized batsmen left, no total on the board.

Those late wickets restored the natural order of the day, of a committed West Indies and thoughtless Pakistan. As good as Rampaul's figures for the morning looked - 3 for 13 - and as well as he did bowl, it's difficult to pick out what was so exceptional about it. As in the last Test, he ran in precisely with the enthusiasm of a man unable to believe how his career has suddenly soared, racing in so the dream doesn't suddenly end.

The control was exemplary and if the pitch didn't offer the movement of last week, it offered bounce. Otherwise there looked nothing to suggest anything other than what has gone in two previous Tests here: big runs, forgotten draws.

And yet, by the time of a nine-minute rain interruption just after the first drinks break, Pakistan's top order was done and dusted. It took Rampaul four overs to strike and then he couldn't stop. Taufeeq Umar went first, gloving one that bounced while trying to leave it; Mohammad Hafeez went next, edging essentially a straight ball that bounced a fraction more; Asad Shafiq fell the over after, cutting a wide ball straight to point and Pakistan were tottering at 24 for 3.

Misbah-ul-Haq helped put on an even fifty with Ali, but when he fell, needlessly swiping Bishoo to mid-on, he did nothing to dispel the day's most vivid impression: more than just poor batting - much more worrying in fact - maybe Pakistan's batting is simply not up to it; still or yet, depending on who you're looking at.

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 21, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    why all are saying that chandrapaul should not play...i agree he should focus in test cricket rather then modern oneday and t20s...he should be base of windies struggling batting order...he is the most experienced then any other playes...so gain something from him...

  • on May 21, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    after winning a test in almost two years and if a win in this last test match WI will reach 6 position .. wow look how badly test cricket is shaping up.. its shocking to see

  • vmystic on May 21, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    mystic well well well done WI i hope you guys come through and please give our captain credit for what he is doing i think he is doing a damn good job

  • enigma12345 on May 21, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    @principle I agree with u,if Samuels find his true form and Fidel Edwards finds his fiery pace it will give more pressure for Dwayne Bravo and co for their spots in Windies 11 My squad for future series C.Gayle,L.Simmons,M.Samuels,R.Sarwan,Darren Bravo,B.Nash,C.Baugh,D.Sammy, F.Edward,K.Roach,D.Bishoo

    A.Barath,R.Hinds,S.Chanderpaul,A.Russel,S.Benn,R.Rampaul,J.Taylor and Dwayne Bravo in bench strength

    We Can Include Pollard,Dwayne Smith,Chris Barnwell and Danza Hyatt for Limited Overs .West Indies have Good Players but the only problem is their availability and form

  • Bravowindies on May 21, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @clint hughes, Team is looking in good shape and there is no need of adding gayle which will only take the team where it was. Gayle is indeed a champion but for himself cauz the his role in the team makes other guys so dependant on his performance and the rest we all know. This team is doing well and more importantly progressing gradually, simmons has cemented his place and braithwaite or barath can be his partners specially in t20s and odis. Samuels is the one who will replace chanderpaul in the team as he is getting old now and will leave anytime. Even Dwayne Bravo and pollard will struggle to find a place in the current scenario. Darren sammy is the best we got right now so why still discussing his inability and making nash the captain. I guess we should all accept the improvement made by this team in recent months and must support sammy in his efforts which we all know are truly exceptional. Go sammy get the no. sixth ranking spot after such a long time.

  • stormy16 on May 21, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    This may be a bit too early but I see WI building up a decent team in the near future. Bravo, Sarwan, Nash and Samules are capable of being the base of a good batting order while Bishoo, Roach, Rampaul and Russel offer something in bowling. There is also Gayle and Jerome Taylor. I think there is plenty to get excited about here. Pakistan have been poor till now in the test series and cannot afford more to keep the series alive.

  • on May 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    test test test test , ignore

  • on May 21, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Test kindly ignore!

    injured! Finally, Brathwaite in for Smith. I can't believe it took this long considering the WICB youth experiment. Come on Kraigg, make your country and region proud like so many Bajans before you have. Congrats to Sammy! You're proving us doubters of your captaincy wrong....and I'm happy for you to keep doing so. Take note Darren, we won when you delivered! Don't let the burden of captaincy stop you from working hard and giving it your all. That was always your biggest asset. Now if only you can get the other guys to do this also, especially some of the more experienced ones.

  • Vindaliew on May 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Azhar Ali continues to impress. This guy is going to be the anchor of Pakistan around which the team of natural gifted strokeplayers will build their totals. Very very unlucky! Umar might shine, or he might fade, but Azhar is almost certainly going to carve himself a place in the Pakistan side which will last until his retirement.

  • on May 21, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Its not all lost for pak..i think pak r going to win this match because windies are to bat last .though its batting wicket, their batting is not strong enough to take big lead...my prediction of scores is as pak 235, windies 265....then pak will make around 260 and target in 4th inning will be around 230......against ajmal and wahab,its going to be tough for windies especially in 4th inning{windies are more notorious for collapses than pakistan}..............gudluck pak

  • on May 21, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    why all are saying that chandrapaul should not play...i agree he should focus in test cricket rather then modern oneday and t20s...he should be base of windies struggling batting order...he is the most experienced then any other playes...so gain something from him...

  • on May 21, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    after winning a test in almost two years and if a win in this last test match WI will reach 6 position .. wow look how badly test cricket is shaping up.. its shocking to see

  • vmystic on May 21, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    mystic well well well done WI i hope you guys come through and please give our captain credit for what he is doing i think he is doing a damn good job

  • enigma12345 on May 21, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    @principle I agree with u,if Samuels find his true form and Fidel Edwards finds his fiery pace it will give more pressure for Dwayne Bravo and co for their spots in Windies 11 My squad for future series C.Gayle,L.Simmons,M.Samuels,R.Sarwan,Darren Bravo,B.Nash,C.Baugh,D.Sammy, F.Edward,K.Roach,D.Bishoo

    A.Barath,R.Hinds,S.Chanderpaul,A.Russel,S.Benn,R.Rampaul,J.Taylor and Dwayne Bravo in bench strength

    We Can Include Pollard,Dwayne Smith,Chris Barnwell and Danza Hyatt for Limited Overs .West Indies have Good Players but the only problem is their availability and form

  • Bravowindies on May 21, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @clint hughes, Team is looking in good shape and there is no need of adding gayle which will only take the team where it was. Gayle is indeed a champion but for himself cauz the his role in the team makes other guys so dependant on his performance and the rest we all know. This team is doing well and more importantly progressing gradually, simmons has cemented his place and braithwaite or barath can be his partners specially in t20s and odis. Samuels is the one who will replace chanderpaul in the team as he is getting old now and will leave anytime. Even Dwayne Bravo and pollard will struggle to find a place in the current scenario. Darren sammy is the best we got right now so why still discussing his inability and making nash the captain. I guess we should all accept the improvement made by this team in recent months and must support sammy in his efforts which we all know are truly exceptional. Go sammy get the no. sixth ranking spot after such a long time.

  • stormy16 on May 21, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    This may be a bit too early but I see WI building up a decent team in the near future. Bravo, Sarwan, Nash and Samules are capable of being the base of a good batting order while Bishoo, Roach, Rampaul and Russel offer something in bowling. There is also Gayle and Jerome Taylor. I think there is plenty to get excited about here. Pakistan have been poor till now in the test series and cannot afford more to keep the series alive.

  • on May 21, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    test test test test , ignore

  • on May 21, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Test kindly ignore!

    injured! Finally, Brathwaite in for Smith. I can't believe it took this long considering the WICB youth experiment. Come on Kraigg, make your country and region proud like so many Bajans before you have. Congrats to Sammy! You're proving us doubters of your captaincy wrong....and I'm happy for you to keep doing so. Take note Darren, we won when you delivered! Don't let the burden of captaincy stop you from working hard and giving it your all. That was always your biggest asset. Now if only you can get the other guys to do this also, especially some of the more experienced ones.

  • Vindaliew on May 21, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Azhar Ali continues to impress. This guy is going to be the anchor of Pakistan around which the team of natural gifted strokeplayers will build their totals. Very very unlucky! Umar might shine, or he might fade, but Azhar is almost certainly going to carve himself a place in the Pakistan side which will last until his retirement.

  • on May 21, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Its not all lost for pak..i think pak r going to win this match because windies are to bat last .though its batting wicket, their batting is not strong enough to take big lead...my prediction of scores is as pak 235, windies 265....then pak will make around 260 and target in 4th inning will be around 230......against ajmal and wahab,its going to be tough for windies especially in 4th inning{windies are more notorious for collapses than pakistan}..............gudluck pak

  • smartguy786 on May 21, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    What a nonsensical show by the Pakistan openers, are these guys real test playing stuff. They seem to be playing ODI and T20 shots. What happened to Fuwad ALan etc.. PCB and selectors must take all the blame. We fans are very very disappointed with this batting performance!

  • on May 21, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    @Indiaforever: i honestly dont understand the obsession you guys have with everything pakistan! everytime i read an article about Pak on cricinfo, there is a random scattering of comments made by indians. Usually these comments have no connection whatsoever with the article in itself. and this is another prime example of the same. u guys have a population of over a billion, do you honestly have no one to talk to rather than being here, commenting on articles that have nothing to do with you?

    As far as your comments are concerned, i dont think they merit a response, but since you've been kind enough to visit us, i will furnish one. You see, every team in every sport has its up and downs. or have you forgotten how brittle your team was in the 90's while Pakistan dominated the Aussies? Have you forgotten sharjah? have you forgotten how the BCCI refused to play there since we beat you every time?

    I change my mind, your comment is too senseless and unimportant to merit a response :)

  • on May 21, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Salman must play a big innings or he should be thrown out. Salman was out, he should have walked, obviously Azhar Ali is a better batsman.

  • on May 21, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    good to read that after the 1st day that not everyone is calling for DSammy's head. The match is not won(only the first day has passed) but at least they have put up a fight on a decent batting pitch. They have still to bowl out Pak and we WI fans await their response to whatever Pak sets. Its essentially the same team from the first T20 but I think with more effort, determination and discipline and drive to succeed. Rather that thinking that the seniors can just push the current players out, they need to realise that they have to FIT into the bigger picture. In recent years(2-3 years past) WI just used to roll up and die when it was realised that the pitch was batting friendly.Look at the series won 1-0 against Eng. WI struggled to save the remainder of the matches. Good work guys, keep it up

  • shawnsundar on May 21, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I was one of the people that bashed at Sammy before, but I must say, I take some of it back. Though I still think he's not quite captain material, but he's learning very quickly, and that's what I admire about him.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on May 20, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    Nash wake up! We can't depend on Samuels to steady the middle. You've got to do it for us. What a bad time for Chanderpaul to get injured! Finally, Brathwaite in for Smith. I can't believe it took this long considering the WICB youth experiment. Come on Kraigg, make your country and region proud like so many Bajans before you have. Congrats to Sammy! You're proving us doubters of your captaincy wrong....and I'm happy for you to keep doing so. Take note Darren, we won when you delivered! Don't let the burden of captaincy stop you from working hard and giving it your all. That was always your biggest asset. Now if only you can get the other guys to do this also, especially some of the more experienced ones.

  • WestIndies1987 on May 20, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Very good first day. Shame about the weather and I am really happy for Rampaul. He has gone through a lot and maybe now he is reaping the rewards.

  • on May 20, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    why is Chanderpaul not playing?

  • Alexei on May 20, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    This is the first im coming commenting on this in agreement with everyone else... I think things are looking up and what need now to justiy this thought is to see west indies posting a good score in their first innings..The squad for coming series shud be incredible if gayle and taylor does come back soon..exciting times for Windies..Btw Chanderpaul is injured so good to see Samuels given the chance to shine in the longer format since that is what he's been asking for...also cant wait to see the XI for India because ADRIAN BARATH SHOULD BE BACK ..dm bravo might find himself dropped... Also, im tired of hearing ppl calling for the head of Baugh..Ramdin still cant bat and he got a long run in the side, the same shud be done for Baugh in all fairness..

  • Indiaforever on May 20, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Everyone would say if Bangladesh did this, "do they deserve to play test cricket?", well Pakistan have batted poorly 3 times in a row. so maybe we should be asking the same question to them? I agree that Pakistan are better than Bangladesh at the moment but it can easily change and on a flat pitch, being 24-3. it isn't very good is it?

  • mso797 on May 20, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    rehman will probably score more runs that salman openers and misbah should be removed

  • Principle on May 20, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    The West Indies seem to be improving with every match. I think Dwayne Bravo and Co. might not be able to find themselves in the team. I don't know what is going but the West Indies seem to improve drastically overnight.

  • on May 20, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Adrian Bharath is fit and rearing to go. He's currently playing Premier Division for his club locally. Ideally I would love to see Gayle partner with one of the other Simmons or Bharath. We have the youngster Braitwaithe making his debut today. Ideally Edwards and Jerome should be playing along with Roach and Rampaul. Bishoo for Sammy and the captaincy goes to Nash..He's Borderesque. Suddenly with the shake up policy. The selectors have created a very nice pickle of a deli ma. When the new guys realize that hard work and production will upstage the tried and stagnant stalwart both will be intrinsically motivated to do better and results will thus improve and create a winning culture.

  • delboy on May 20, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Early days yet, but the VERY low rate of extras is indicative of team spirit, commitment and effort. It is good to see a WI team allowing their opposition to work for their runs and not gifting extras. @Balb a few more SUPPORTERS in the stadium or for that matter subscribing and watching from home may just give Smith that opportunity to 'LEARN TO PLAY SPIN' it just depends on how the board utilise their revenue from both gate reciepis and TV. So many have called for an end to SMITH's career without thinking how easy it is for other teams which invest in analysing the opposition and assigning key individuals to exploit known weaknesses. No one has suggested giving Smith the resources he needs to analyse his game and the ways in which he got out to Hafeez in order to win that battle. I recall Harmison being given the task to expolit Lara in the pass and the remarks were somewhat contrasting.

  • nick01902 on May 20, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Pakistani team let most everyone down like always from top to bottom it is like they don't care for pride or country or many who want them to play like test team not like they are going through motion or playing like pick up game ,what is with batting come on that was so bad that my friends who were watching with me said in country big as ours they could not get anyone better Icc ranking Pakistan is 6th just little better then Bangladesh i think a lot us think it like bottom dweller lt this what they call playing

  • mso797 on May 20, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    drop misbah add yousuf and usman

  • 5wombats on May 20, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    I don't normally comment other team's series but I'll make an exception here because this Bishoo guy looks really good. Day 1 and he's getting big turn already - quality! I'm watching this game on Sky in the UK and it's a good game!!! However - as in England last year Pak just don't look very good. Great pity. Mind you it shows you where West Indies are now because Australia could not beat Pak in England last Summer. If Aus went to WI now I think Aus would get beat.

  • US_Indian on May 20, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Still everything is not lost for WI. They have some seniors who can still contribute as effectively as they have done in thier past like Gayle, Shiv,Sarwan etc. some new guys like Bharath, Bishoo, Simmons. And they have good mixture of fast bowlers in Roach,Rampaul, Edwards,Taylor, Sammy and others with Bravo, smith, pollard, Benn and others. Not much to panic except proper handling the situation, grooming the youngester to step up and fill the shoes of their illoustrious seniors, good administration support and some grass root work is all they need, they could be serious challengers to anyone else on their day, right now which are far and few between, if they can be consistent nothing like that. If there are some youngsters coming up in the future, groom them, mix and match with seniors that should be helpful. I still love the WI of the late 70's and early 90's.I would love to see the current WI on the same level if not atleast somewhere close to that and they have potential.

  • sehwaguparcut on May 20, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @Prakhs Chanderpaul is injured bad shoulder

  • Balb on May 20, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Good to see the West Indies is coming around. Better approach. Better strategy. The WICB seem to be listening. They are onthe right track. The pool seem to growing. Added talents when Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor returns. Happy to know Carl Hooper is now engaged in the West Indies on a contract. WICB can now offer Devon Smith an oportunity to learn how to play spin bowling under Hooper.

    Can anyone enlighten the public what is the status on Adrian Barath's fitness condition? An Opening batsman siiting on the side lines and time is going by.

    Can someone please let us know if he will be fit to play against India?

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    @Prakhs: Chanders is injured.

  • Afridynamite on May 20, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    there goes the so called great captain Misbah and he is supposed to replace Afridi in the ODIs too.

  • Prakhs on May 20, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    BTW.. wherez Chanderpaul?

  • on May 20, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Osman, excellent piece. What was exposed here seem to be Pakistan's nerves as if they were unconsciously thinking the pitch was going to behave as in Guyana. Must give props to WI bowlers, they bowled an excellent line and length with really bad balls. Misbah is looking good though. It will be up to him to rescue pakistan.

  • Mob_King on May 20, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Well written Osman. It'll be interesting to see the WI innings.

  • athentik on May 20, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Chanderpaul needs to quit. His time is over.

  • cricketman96 on May 20, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Sorry to learn about Chanderpaul's injuries.His present in the middle will surely be missed.A big CONGRATULATION to Young Braithwaite on making his test debut.I really hope that this is the beginning of along and prosperous career.I am a bit hesitant on changing a winning formula but opener Devon Smith left the selectors/captain no choice.His ineptness against Hafeez was just too glaring.The inclusion of Samuels for Chanderpaul means that we still have a great deal of dept in our batting.Now i call on the entire WI team to go out and play consistence cricket.We have to play good in all faucet of the game;fielding,bowling and batting.Take those catches.Bowl decent line&length.And batsmen occupy the wicket the runs(as chanderpaul has demonstrated) will come with wicket in hand.Good luck windies give us more to cheer at.Give us a series clinching victory.WI4life.Rally round the West Indies.

  • on May 20, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Let's go Windies- you can do this. Glad to see Braithwaite getting a chance, in a slightly lower-pressure match. I hope Samuels can at least reach double-digits!

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  • on May 20, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Let's go Windies- you can do this. Glad to see Braithwaite getting a chance, in a slightly lower-pressure match. I hope Samuels can at least reach double-digits!

  • cricketman96 on May 20, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Sorry to learn about Chanderpaul's injuries.His present in the middle will surely be missed.A big CONGRATULATION to Young Braithwaite on making his test debut.I really hope that this is the beginning of along and prosperous career.I am a bit hesitant on changing a winning formula but opener Devon Smith left the selectors/captain no choice.His ineptness against Hafeez was just too glaring.The inclusion of Samuels for Chanderpaul means that we still have a great deal of dept in our batting.Now i call on the entire WI team to go out and play consistence cricket.We have to play good in all faucet of the game;fielding,bowling and batting.Take those catches.Bowl decent line&length.And batsmen occupy the wicket the runs(as chanderpaul has demonstrated) will come with wicket in hand.Good luck windies give us more to cheer at.Give us a series clinching victory.WI4life.Rally round the West Indies.

  • athentik on May 20, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    Chanderpaul needs to quit. His time is over.

  • Mob_King on May 20, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Well written Osman. It'll be interesting to see the WI innings.

  • on May 20, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Osman, excellent piece. What was exposed here seem to be Pakistan's nerves as if they were unconsciously thinking the pitch was going to behave as in Guyana. Must give props to WI bowlers, they bowled an excellent line and length with really bad balls. Misbah is looking good though. It will be up to him to rescue pakistan.

  • Prakhs on May 20, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    BTW.. wherez Chanderpaul?

  • Afridynamite on May 20, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    there goes the so called great captain Misbah and he is supposed to replace Afridi in the ODIs too.

  • on May 20, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    @Prakhs: Chanders is injured.

  • Balb on May 20, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Good to see the West Indies is coming around. Better approach. Better strategy. The WICB seem to be listening. They are onthe right track. The pool seem to growing. Added talents when Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor returns. Happy to know Carl Hooper is now engaged in the West Indies on a contract. WICB can now offer Devon Smith an oportunity to learn how to play spin bowling under Hooper.

    Can anyone enlighten the public what is the status on Adrian Barath's fitness condition? An Opening batsman siiting on the side lines and time is going by.

    Can someone please let us know if he will be fit to play against India?

  • sehwaguparcut on May 20, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @Prakhs Chanderpaul is injured bad shoulder