About the Match
Pakistan has clinched the test series against West Indies 2-0 after defeating the visitors in the second test by 133 runs; the 3rd and final test between the two countries will be held at Sharjah from 30th October. Although it is a dead rubber, West Indies will try to redeem itself with a much-needed victory here; they can apply themselves better here to overcome the challenges posed by the Pakistani bowlers. On the other hand, the hosts have gone from strength to strength to dominate throughout the series and they will be eager to make this a clean 3-0 whitewash.
Yasir Shah yet again delivered a massive blow to the Windies as he registered a 10-wicket haul in the second test; he dismissed 6 opponents in the second innings at an economy of just over 3 to get them all-out during the chase for 456 runs. In the first innings, the spinner claimed 4 wickets maintaining discipline in the run-flow by giving away just 3 runs per over; he got good support from speedsters Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan, who took 5 wickets between them.
Other spinners like Babar and Nawaz also found success as they took 3 wickets between them in the 2nd innings, and help win the match by 133 runs. In the batting department, Younis Khan once again proved his mettle as he posted a brilliant 127 from 205 deliveries to set the foundation for a massive 452; Misbah played diligently scoring a well-made 96 but fell prey to a clever ball by Gabriel.
Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed contributed well with half-centuries and they can stabilize the middle order under any situation; openers Azhar Ali and Samil Aslam performed well in the 2nd innings by posting a 93-run stand and they are in good form to repeat the feat. Overall, Pakistan has been consistent in its test performance and they look to be a strong team that can win again.
The batsmen put up a lacklustre performance and they couldn’t build steady partnerships in the first innings, getting all-out for 224 in reply to 452 of the hosts; in the 2nd innings, there were some attempts at recovery by Blackwood, who scored 95 from 127 deliveries, and Kraigg Brathwaite, who tried to set the foundation with his well-made 67. However, others like Darren Bravo, Johnson, Samuels and Holder couldn’t impress much and they lost the match by 133 runs.
Shannon Gabriel’s 5-wicket haul in the first innings caused upsets in the Pakistani top-order while Holder also performed well with 3 scalps and a tight spell. Miguel Cummins and Bishoo are in good form too and they bring variety to the attack; with all-rounders like Brathwaite, Holder and Chase, West Indies can try to strategize well against the Pakistani batsmen and contain the run-flow.
Bravo, Samuels, Blackwood and Holder can put their best foot forward here to try and earn redemption; the bowlers have improved in getting the breakthroughs and they can come out with all their fire-power here to outwit the hosts.
Pakistan has won the series hands down and their morale is quite high at the moment; the Windies have to make amends here with the batting and if the top-order can get the big runs, they surely can pose a stiff challenge. The contest could be well-fought by both sides but we feel that Pakistan is better placed to continue with its winning form