BARBADOS – Pakistan will be eyeing a series win against West Indies in the Caribbean when the two sides meet in the 2nd Test at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.
Start time 10:00 local (14:00 GMT | 19:00 PST).
The buzz has now shifted from Younis Khan’s 10,000 runs milestone to Misbah-ul-Haq’s unique achievement which a probable rare Test series win against West Indies in West Indies.
Pakistan has only managed to draw series against the Caribbean side, no series win in more than 50-year history between the two sides.
The build-up to the second Test is not so different to the first, particularly for the West Indies, who must go back to the drawing board. It’s all very well working out the opposition’s weaknesses and setting elaborate plans, but all that is unlikely to bear fruit when you then go on to lose five wickets in the first 30 overs of the game, and drop straightforward catches, like they did in Kingston.
From Pakistan’s point of view, it was as efficient a Test as they could have hoped for. They were on top right from the start. Mohammad Amir turned in his best performance since his return to cricket, Yasir did what world class second-innings spinners need to do, and their middle order piled on the runs. Their only concerns might centre around the seemingly intractable puzzle of an endlessly misfiring top order, a concern only appeased by the fact that it was well hidden in Jamaica.
Since West Indies have announced their unchanged squad for the second Test as well, Pakistan might look to add another spinner to the side, as the Barbados pitch offers more spin.
West Indies (probable): 1 Kieran Powell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Jermaine Blackwood, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Roston Chase, 6 Vishaul Singh/Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Shane Dowrich, 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabrie
Pakistan (probable): 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Abbas, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz/Shadab Khan 11 Yasir Shah
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