About the Match
Pakistan has taken a 1-0 lead in the 4-match T20 series against hosts West Indies by winning the first match by 6 wickets. The two teams will now face each other in the 2nd T20 match at Trinidad on 30th March. The visitors toppled the Windies batting line-up and got them all out for 111 runs, which they then chased down successfully in 17 overs. West Indies will be eager to fight back for their pride and draw level before it gets too late; it needs to be seen if they can withstand the Pakistani bowling tactics and emerge victorious on Thursday.
Carlos Brathwaite tried to revive the innings with a superb 34 off 27 but with hardly any other support, they could muster only 111 runs batting first against Pakistan in the first T20 match. Players like Lewis, Samuels, Chadwick Walton, Pollard and Simmons bring experience to the table and they could try to build strong partnerships in the upcoming game. Brathwaite is in good form and along with other all-rounders like Holder, they can try to post a stiff challenge to Pakistan here.
The bowlers tried their best to stifle the visitors with fast-bowler Holder taking 2 wickets while Brathwaite and Badree dismissed one opponent each, but they gave away too many runs and in the end and the total of 111 was far too less to defend against an in-form Pakistan team.
West Indies has a good mix of young talent and experienced players; if they can stabilize the innings whether batting first or chasing a target, the hosts can try to make a comeback with a win here.
Chasing 112 runs, Shoaib Malik posted an unbeaten 38 while Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, and Ahmed Shehzad tried to keep the runs flowing and helped reach the target with almost 4 overs to spare. Experienced players like Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, and others are vital assets and could come out all guns blazing to help post a tough target or chase one comfortably.
Earlier, spinner Shadab Khan took 3 wickets to topple the Windies’ top order while Imad Wasim contributed with one dismissal as well. Speedsters Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz took a wicket each to contain West Indies to 111; they are a strong unit that can demolish the hosts yet again.
They are a determined unit that can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here; the batsmen have been doing well in recent past and with players like Shehzad, Malik, Akmal and others in the squad, Pakistan looks well placed to make things difficult for Windies again.
Pakistan has taken a 1-0 series lead and could use all the firepower to outsmart the West Indies batsmen on Thursday too; the contest could swing either way but we feel that the hosts with their fine mix of all-rounders and specialists, could edge past the visitors and draw level with a win.