About the Match
After being triumphant in the T20 series, Pakistan annihilated West Indies to win the first ODI by a 111 runs through D/L method; the two teams will play the 2nd ODI at Sharjah on 2nd October. The hosts displayed a tremendous effort with bat and ball to dominate the Windies; they are in good form to continue with their winning momentum. The visitors, on the other hand, continued with their poor show and the upcoming match is an opportunity for them to make amends. Both sides have good match-winners who can bring out their firepower to help their team win on Sunday.
Babar Azam’s superb 120 off 131 helped Pakistan to get the big runs and with help from batsmen like Sharjeel Khan, who scored a well-made 54, Sarfraz Ahmed and other all-rounders down the order, they put up a formidable total of 284 runs in 49 overs. Later, Mohammad Nawaz used his spin tactics to take 4-42 and demolish the opponents; he continues to be in good form and can be vital to the attack on Sunday too.
Speedster Hasan Ali also contributed with 3 wickets while others like Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir add depth to the pace attack. Imad Wasim who was stunning in the T20 matches regularly providing breakthroughs, can do well to stifle the opposition while part-timers like Shoaib Malik bring variety to the squad.
The batting line-up has experienced players like Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed, who will try to build steady partnerships and keep the upper hand on Sunday.
Chasing 287 runs in 49 overs, the Windies batsmen tried to get the runs flowing but barring Marlon Samuels, who posted 46 off 59, the others gave up without a fight. Charles, Kraigg Brathwaite and Bravo got the scoreboard ticking but their efforts weren’t enough to give them the required momentum at the top-order. With players like Ramdin, Pollard and all-rounder Jason Holder falling for single digits, and bowlers thoroughly tested for their batting performance, they were all-out in just 39 overs with only 175 on board.
Earlier, Carlos Brathwaite put up a good show with the ball taking 3-54 and also caused a run-out; Shannon Gabriel, Holder and spinners Narine and Benn took a wicket each to restrict Pakistan but 284 was just too tough to beat by the batting line-up.
They have good resources like Darren Bravo, Ramdin, Pollard, Johnson Charles and Samuels, who can try to use their experience and help the team make a much-needed comeback. With a strong combination of pace and spin, West Indies could strategize well against Pakistan here.
Pakistan has succeeded to rout the Windies batting line-up time and again with its bowling strength; they have the psychological advantage after winning the first match but we feel that West Indies will fight hard and give a befitting reply to the hosts by making a turnaround on Sunday