3rd ODI: Rejuvenated West Indies look to take lead

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 18, 2013, 3:59 PM IST
3rd ODI: Rejuvenated West Indies look to take lead

St Lucia: West Indies after getting thrashed in the first one-dayer bounced back well in the second game to level the five-match series 1-1 against Pakistan. Both the teams now travel to St. Lucia for the remainder of the fixtures.

West Indies 37-run victory in the second ODI will give them lot of confidence going into the third match. Pakistan's batting has been slow and their batsmen tend to lose momentum in the middle overs. Moreover, they leave much of work for the final overs.

The top order needs to fire and keep in mind the scoring rate as in the first two matches the workload has been on the middle-order. Coming to bowling, Pakistan have looked consistent and need to improve on their death over bowling. The form of Wahab Riaz is a bit of concern as the left-arm pacer has gone wicketless in the last games. Asad Ali played in the last match and conceded lot of runs but still then the visitors bowling looks balanced.

West Indies also have batting woes to address as the top order has been inconsistent and it is the middle-order coming to the rescue. Darren Bravo in the second one-dayer anchored the West Indies along with brother Dwayne Bravo but the form of Chris Gayle is a matter of concern.

However, Gayle is one knock away from bouncing back to form and on the other hand Marlon Samuels is failing to convert starts into big scores. In the bowling department, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder have done well, while in the middle overs Darren Sammy chips in with his medium pace. Sunil Narine came into his own in the last match by returning with figures of 4 for 26 and also bagged the Man-of-the-Match award for his effort.

Both sides have now won one match each and West Indies look a better team when under pressure but Pakistan can't be ruled out in the third ODI.

Probable XIs:

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

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

First Published: July 18, 2013, 3:59 PM IST

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