About the Match
Pakistan and West Indies are playing test series against each other after a gap of about 5 years, the last having been played in West Indies which was a 1-1 draw. The present 3 match series is going to be a nail-biting contest with the 1st Test match scheduled to be played at Dubai, in a colourful day-night format from the 13th of October and which the cricket loving fraternity in the Emirates will certainly cherish. A sterling performance of 6 for 42 by Saeed Ajmal with his Doosra and 5 for 29 by Sammy were the only bowling heroics in the last series these two countries played. Two centuries from Pakistan side in the 2nd Test which brought them the series equalizer were the highlights of that series. The last test match played in the venue was between Pakistan and England almost a year before, which Pakistan won by 178 runs. This will be a historic match and both teams will strive hard to make it count and we expect an exciting contest.
They have just completed a 3-0 whitewash in both the T-20 and ODI shorter formats of the game against West Indies in the last one month, they have been playing in the Emirates. They would like to repeat the result in the longer version of the game.
Misbah Ul Haq has a challenge at hand, firstly because, the match is being played day-night and secondly, he is missing the services of experienced Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik. Young Babar Azam and Mohammed Nawaz have been added to the squad as new caps. They have solid Misbah in the middle order with Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali coming in the top order.
Imran, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Sami Aslam and Rahat Ali will provide teeth to the bowling attack with good support from Yasir Shah with his leg breaks and occasional googlies. The experience of playing against England in the same venue a year before which they won by 178 runs would give them the well-needed confidence.
They have a very young squad captained by 24-year-old Jason Holder who would like to leading from the front; the average age of the players is just around 25 and that could be a great advantage for the squad against the opponents or inexperience might be a telling factor. The oldest is the 35 year old Marlon Samuels, who will certainly come in the top order and guide the youngsters.
Carlos Braithwaite, Shai Hope and Darren Bravo are experienced, solid batsmen. Shannon Gabriel, Miguel Cummins, and Alzarri Joseph would lead the bowling attack with good support from Jomel Warrican and other part-time slow bowlers.
West Indies have lost both the shorter versions of the game against Pakistan in the matches they played in last one month and will be fully aware of the opponents prowess. Mentally, they must be fully prepared to take on such strong opponents. They know how to take positives from the previous matches and come out with solutions to thwart the plans of Pakistan.
West Indies will be competing with a team which is pretty young and energetic led by a young captain. On the other hand, Pakistan has all the experience in the world with veteran Misbah ul Haq leading the side. Pakistan has their spirits high with wins in T-20 and ODI; it would be a very interesting tussle which, in the end, is expected to weigh in favour of Pakistan at the end.