2nd ODI: Under-pressure West Indies hope for revival against Pakistan

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 15, 2013, 7:18 PM IST
2nd ODI: Under-pressure West Indies hope for revival against Pakistan

After their shambolic performance with the bat in the opening match of the five-match ODI series, West Indies will be hoping they can make amends when they take on Pakistan in the second one-dayer at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday.

In the first ODI, which was held at the same venue, comeback-man Shahid Afridi rightly took all the plaudits for his brilliant all-round show as Pakistan crushed West Indies by 126 runs. But it wasn't all smooth sailing for the Pakistan batsmen.

The hosts did a good job of restricting Pakistan to 224 for nine in their 50 overs as Jason Holder took four wickets. In fact, the 21-year-old pacer was miserly with his bowling, giving away just 13 runs in his 10 overs which included four maidens.

However, Holder did not get much support from his fellow bowlers. Spinner Sunil Narine, especially, was a major disappointment, giving away 32 runs in his three overs without picking up a single wicket.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo and the team think-tank are likely to re-consider West Indies' bowling tactics and combinations in order to be more effective.

As far as the Pakistan batting goes, the visitors were in a lot of trouble until skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi got together. Misbah held one end up, scoring a slow but solid 121-ball 52, while Afridi blazed his way to a 55-ball 76.

If it wasn't for those two, the visitors would have probably ended up with a very low score on the board. Pakistan would be hoping that their top order batsmen pull up their socks and give the team a decent start in the next few games.

Moving on to West Indies' batting, the hosts fell away like nine pins when faced with the likes of spinner Shahid Afridi and pacer Mohammad Irfan. They were bundled out for just 98 runs in 41 overs, with Marlon Samuels their top-scorer with a 75-ball 25.

Irfan got the early breakthroughs with his two wickets, after which Afridi took over proceedings to end up with seven wickets for just 12 runs from his nine overs - including three maidens. The allrounder ripped through the Windies line-up, with the batsmen completely bamboozled by his combination of spin and pace.

The hosts' batting definitely missed Shivnarine Chanderpaul's calming influence and experience in the middle. However, Chanderpaul is not a part of the squad for the first two ODIs and is only likely to be in the team from the third ODI onwards.

In conclusion, both teams are quite unpredictable and need to put in quite a bit of work on their batting, but the second ODI is likely to be a much closer affair than the first one.

Probable XIs:

West Indies: 1.Chris Gayle, 2.Johnson Charles (wk), 3.Darren Bravo, 4.Lendl Simmons, 5.Marlon Samuels, 6.Dwayne Bravo (c), 7.Kieron Pollard, 8.Darren Sammy, 9.Sunil Narine, 10.Kemar Roach, 11.Jason Holder

Pakistan: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Mohammad Hafeez, 4.Asad Shafiq, 5.Umar Akmal (wk), 6.Misbah-ul-Haq, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Asad Ali, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Wahab Riaz, 11.Mohammad Irfan

First Published: July 15, 2013, 7:18 PM IST

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