About the Match
It continues to be a seesaw series as West Indies emerged on top in second ODI. They’d now play 3rd ODI at Gros Islet on 19th July. West Indies team was heavily criticized prior to this game as they faced a massive defeat in the first game. Now that the things are back on track for them, their supporters will be hoping that they continue this winning run for as long as possible. Pakistan will be looking to repeat their first match’s performance and take the lead once again in this tournament. The teams are settling in the series and third game is expected to be a close as well.
Pakistan’s Achilles’ heel, their batting, once again disappointed as they crumbled while chasing even a modest total of 232. Their poor batting show is evident from the fact that despite many let-offs in the field by West Indies, they managed only 195. The comeback boy, Umar Akmal, announced his return with a quick fifty which wasn’t enough to march across the line. Their bowling was as sharp as it had been over the past few weeks as all but Asad Ali went for under 5-runs an over with Ajmal and Afridi picking up four wickets between them. Pakistan is known for uncertainty in their form, and if it goes positive for them, they’ll be a force to reckon with.
It was really tough on West Indies after the selectors, coaches and team management was heavily criticized after a mammoth defeat in first game. However, after their win against second game, they’ve gained some of the confidence of their fans. Batting is still a major problem for West Indies with Gayle not looking in prime form. Johnson Charles and skipper Darren Bravo were brilliant in laying the foundation, but late order batting wasn’t good enough to take the team to a high total. Still, there was an improvement over what they displayed in batting in first ODI of the series. Sunil Narine bowled brilliantly while other bowlers gave him constant support which ultimately helped them to bounce back in series with a victory. West Indies is a good side, but they’d have to find a way to deal with Pakistan’s spinners and then they can prove to be a headache for them.
With the change of venue, West Indies will be keen to improve their batting form and their fans would love to see Chris Gayle fire on international stage as well. Can they continue to go through the winning ways in the remaining of the series? It was a tough challenge to get back into the series with the kind of loss they faced in the first game. It will be an even tougher challenge to continue the win streak. West Indies has the team to do it and now their batsmen barring Gayle seem to be back in form. I think they’d impress their fans once again by winning this game too.
West Indies, 1.80 @ William Hill
As has been the case with both sides for quite a while now, their batting struggled once again. Both the teams got off to a rather sluggish start. West Indies’ opening pair consists of Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles who are not known for slow starts. Their opening combination is more than capable to provide them with a flying start and have more runs after 15-Over mark.
Team to Make Highest First 15 Overs Score
West Indies, 1.90 @ Bet365