West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Port of Spain March 29, 2017

Pakistan look to extend domineering streak over West Indies


Match facts

March 30, 2017
Start time 1230 local (1630 GMT)

Debutant Shadab Khan stunned West Indies in the first T20I in Barbados with returns of 3 for 7 © AFP

Big Picture

The first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan didn't tell us much, confirming, instead, what was already widely known: West Indies appear a long way away from their World Cup-winning best at the moment, while Pakistan, though nowhere near perfect, have slightly too much quality for the hosts. If any team in world cricket can turn it around within three hours or so, it is Carlos Brathwaite's men.

With this being only the second T20I series that stretches beyond three games between two Test teams, West Indies still have time to make amends. They can start by avoiding falling into the trap Pakistan set for them in the first game: the visitors built up pressure with the spinners in the Powerplay, inducing false shots from the batsmen thereafter. The hosts might look to attack the spinners in the first six overs to force Sarfraz Ahmed to rethink his strategies. It also remains to be seen how wonder kid Shadab Khan, handles the pressure.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will look to replicate much of what they did in the first game. While their bowling performance - with the exception of Wahab Riaz - was as close to flawless as head coach Mickey Arthur could have hoped for, concerns still remain in the batting department. It is early days yet, but there are barely any signs of Ahmed Shehzad or Kamran Akmal having managed to rid themselves of the inconsistency that has plagued their international careers so far. Still, Pakistan have won their last four T20I games against West Indies with relative ease.

Form guide

West Indies LLLLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan WWWWW

Sunil Narine's pinch-hitting heroics can come in handy for West Indies © AFP

In the spotlight

Sunil Narine had a quiet first game, but he's coming off the back of a successful PSL, even if his side didn't make it past the group stage. He was the seventh-highest wicket-taker with an economy rate of under 6.50. However, it was his ability with the bat that surprised many. He scored 116 runs at a strike rate of 181.25, which was significantly higher than anyone else; Shahid Afridi was second with 173.52. In addition, he hit eleven sixes - as many as Pollard - during the tournament.

In spite of his relative international inexperience, Imad Wasim is rapidly establishing himself as a mainstay of Pakistan's limited-overs side. His left-arm orthodox spin has been vital to Pakistan's T20I success, and has bowled his full quota in all but five games. His economy of 5.67 is almost unheard of in T20 cricket. Furthermore, with Pakistan's top order currently not at its best, Imad is likely to get more chances with the bat.

Team news

Defeat in the first T20I for West Indies wasn't down so much to poor team selection as shambolic execution. As a result, a raft of changes would be a surprise.

West Indies (probable): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton (wk), 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Jason Mohammed/Rovman Powell, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Jason Holder, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Jerome Taylor

Should any change occur in Pakistan's ranks, it will occur in their top order. However, Pakistan are likely to keep their winning combination intact.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Babar Azam, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Wahab Riaz

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at the Queen's Park Oval is expected to behave much the same way as the one in Barbados, with runs hard to come by. Conditions are expected to be humid, and rain is unlikely.

Stats and trivia

  • The three remaining T20Is this series will all be played at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad. This will double the number of T20Is ever played at this ground, which has not seen a T20I since 2011.
  • Babar Azam has now gone 15 consecutive innings in limited-overs cricket without being dismissed in single figures. The last time he failed to reach double figures was during the third ODI in Nottingham against England last year, when he was dismissed for 9.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • imranf4395331 on March 31, 2017, 8:09 GMT

    Pakistan Needs master Blaster Batsman at 6-7 number,,,Like Afridi, Pollared...

  • cricfan42840824 on March 30, 2017, 16:22 GMT

    i have been following espncricinfo fo last three years but its my first ever post and i found many people talking sensibly about cricket.... plz cricinfo publish my poat

  • cricfan42840824 on March 30, 2017, 16:20 GMT

    amazing team.... i would ask zaman to open the batting and put akmal at no. 4 and malik to finish at no. 6 followed by shadab khan who knows how to bat better than imad

  • Clifford on March 30, 2017, 16:20 GMT

    the sheer ridiculousness of Brathwaite being the captain when (for example) Kieron Pollard has way more experience and has been an excellent captain for Barbados is the CPL is is amazing to me.

  • michael on March 30, 2017, 16:17 GMT

    @sherwine. Hope dropped 4 in 12 to be at 67% and Dowrich 3 in 14 to be at 78%

  • Zeeshan on March 30, 2017, 16:13 GMT

    Finally hafeez has been left out...

  • prince6384859 on March 30, 2017, 16:10 GMT

    yeap Sammy is the master of t20

  • hassa12992812 on March 30, 2017, 16:07 GMT

    Can either Holder or Braithwaithe make the West Indies team as a batsman? The answer is an emphatic NO ,can they then make the team as a bowler ,the answer is another emphatic NO ,SO WHY ARE THEY IN THE TEAM AND EVEN WORSE WHY ARE THEY CAPTAIN ? The reason ,the selectors clueless ,they should resign. A few people say they are all rounders ,that's a joke ,an allrounder must be able to make the team either as a batsman or a bowler to justify their selection. West Indies must change their attitude towards all rounders ,Sobers is not around and west indies has no allrounder. Select the best batsmen and bowlers and let them play. Holder and Braithwaithe must go.

  •   Cricinfouser on March 30, 2017, 15:55 GMT

    Sarfraz is a courageous captain and we hope that he will show that by playing Fakhar Zaman as an opener reguarly from now on....

  • treylo8837351 on March 30, 2017, 15:54 GMT

    I think they need back Sammy to captain the team

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