West Indies vs Pakistan Match Preview
After being demolished single-handedly by the comeback king, Shahid Afridi, West Indies now look to stand up from the nosedive in form, as the 2nd ODI of the 5 match gets underway, tomorrow. This 2nd match of Pakistan’s tour will also be played at the Providence stadium in Guyana.
Superb all-round show from Afridi
Last ODI saw one of the best ODI comebacks, and it was achieved by none other than Shahid Afridi. On a pitch, difficult for scoring, he played all around the park and smashed 76 off just 55 balls.
Even that was not enough, so he destroyed the Windies batting lineup with figures of 7 for 12 in 9 overs, the second best figures in ODI cricket. Consistency is always an issue for him, and if he manages to remain consistent, Pakistan may well look for a whitewash, starting with a win tomorrow.
Misbah ul Haq played his familiar grinding knock, and managed a half century under his belt. He also remains a key player for Pakistan in this series.
After winning by 126 runs in the last match, it is highly unlikely for Pakistan to change the winning combination, tomorrow.
West Indies on the other hand, would be pretty disappointed with their batting effort in the last game, after a spirited bowling performance, somewhat damaged by Afridi’s onslaught.
The equation is simple, they need show more character as a batting unit, against one of the best ODI bowling attacks in world cricket, and otherwise Pakistani bowlers will continue to demolish them again and again.
The team combination seems to be fine on paper, but they need to convert their reputation into performance as well. The playing XI is likely to be similar to the last match, with an addition of a seamer in place of the out of form, Sunil Narine, if the pitch remains similar.