Following a clinical performance in the first ODI, West Indies will aim for a a series win when they take on visitors Pakistan in the second of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Providence Stadium in Guyana. West Indies came up with a strong fight back in the opening ODI, courtesy of Jason Mohammed’s brilliant knock of 91 not out, which sealed a thrilling win for the hosts. Earlier, Pakistan had put up a challenging total. But Pakistan had no answer to the onslaught from Mohammed and Ashley Nurse, who scored a rapid 15-ball 34 to help West Indies to a historical win. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 2nd ODI at Guyana
Pakistan did dominate with the bat in the first game. Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, scored 67, 88 and 53 respectively to allow Pakistan register a challenging total of 308 for 5 batting first. Kamran Akmal contributed with 47. As for their bowling, it was only Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan who claimed a couple of wickets each for the visitors, while the other bowlers could not do much.
As for the West Indies it was Ashley Nurse, who did give the Pakistan batsmen some hard time, as he claimed 4 for 62, while skipper Jason Holder claimed 1 for 58. Evin Lewismade a contribution of 47, while it was Kieran Powell, who smashed a brilliant 61, followed by Jason Mohammed’s match-winning knock of an unbeaten 91, which made sure that the hosts drew first blood in the three-match tie. Mohammed’s unbeaten 91 steers WI to a thrilling 4-wicket win over PAK in 1st ODI
Therefore, judging by the performance in the opening ODI, the teams for the second tie can be guessed. As for the visitors, they are most likely to have some changes in the side to get their winning combination right for the ODIs. In the middle-order, Babar Azam is likely to face the axe for his poor performance, with himself being replaced by Fakhar Zaman. Also, Hasan Ali’s poor bowling performance in the last tie could see him getting replaced by either of Junaid Khan or Mohammad Asghar.
As for the hosts, they would not want to disturb winning combination. However, a few changes cannot be ruled out completely either. It could all start with opener Chadwick Walton, whose form could see him being replaced by Rovman Powell. Also, Jonathan Carter might also face the axe for Rovman. Among the bowlers, Shannon Gabriel could be dropped for being expensive in the last game, and could be replaced by fellow fast-bowler Miguel Cummins. Also, the same could be the case for Alzarri Joseph. PAK vs WI, 2nd ODI: Shadab vs Nurse, Malik vs Mohammed and other key clashes
With the game again being held in Guyana, the wicket is expected to be batting-friendly. One can expect a batsman-dominated side for each of the teams. West Indies do hold a 3-1 advantage now over Pakistan at the ground, but that will probably not be of much significance.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal (wk), Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Aamer, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Fahim Ashraf.
West Indies: Chadwick Walton, Rovman Powell, Kieran Powell, Ashley Nurse, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph, Shai Hope (wk), Shannon Gabriel, Miguel Cummins, Jonathan Carter, Devendra Bishoo, Jason Holder (c).
Time: 09:30 local | 13:30 GMT | 19:00 IST