In the second of their four-match T20I series, the West Indies will face Pakistan. The game will take place at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. IST.
The first Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval was rained out due to continuous rain. The game was trimmed to nine overs each side after a delay in play. The hosts scored 85 runs for the cost of five wickets after being called in to bat first, due to skipper Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten nine-ball 22.
While going for the big shots, the Caribbean top order crumbled like a house of cards. The only other batsman to reach double figures was Nicholas Pooran. Hasan Ali was the most successful of Pakistan’s bowlers, taking the wickets of Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer.
Usman Qadir, Mohammad Wasim Jr, and Mohammad Hafeez each took a wicket. It will be interesting to observe how the Pakistan bats perform in abroad conditions in the second game. The West Indies will aim to continue where they left off in their 4-1 series victory over Australia.
The first game couldn’t continue as rain played a spoilsport. The weather forecast for the second game isn’t any different either. There is a chance of rain from 10 AM onwards. It won’t be a surprise if another washout takes place.
The pitch in Guyana isn’t known for producing massive scores, especially in T20Is. The average score in this format is under 140 out of seven T20Is. The pitch is known to help the chasing teams.
XIs expected to play
Antigua and Barbuda
The top-tier of the hosts’ staff must attend the celebration. Simmons, Lewis, and Gayle are all game-changers who must find their stride. With Hayden Walsh Jr. capable of scoring runs, the home club has batting depth. Over the last few months, their bowling unit has also been in good shape.
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 (WK), Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Akeal
Pakistan would be pleased with their recent bowling efforts, particularly the debut of promising fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Jr. Batting has been solid for Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. It’s past time for Pakistan’s middle-order to start firing on a regular basis.
Sharjeel Khan (C), Babar Azam (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir are the predicted XI.