Pakistan will be in a do-or-die coming into the second ODI    AFP
Pakistan will be in a do-or-die coming into the second ODI AFP

Jason Mohammed inspired West Indies sealed the first One-Day International (ODI) at the Providence Stadium on April 7 against Pakistan. West Indies chased down the target of 309 sparing 6 deliveries over register an emphatic victory which looked unachievable at one point. This win for West Indies has given them the much-needed boost in this three-game ODI series. After losing the Twenty20 International (T20I) series by 1-3 West Indies have the golden opportunity to go 2 up in the 50-over series gaining an unassailable lead in the series. Pakistan, on the other hand, will have to rectify their death bowling issues as their bowlers went haywire against Mohammad s assault. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 2nd ODI at Guyana

So let s take a look at what can be the likely XI for both sides for the second game at the same venue as the first starting with the hosts:

***West Indies***

Top Order: Evin Lewis and Chadwick Walton will have the responsibility of opening the batting for West Indies. Lewis was in good form in the first game but gave away his wicket at a crucial juncture. Walton on the other looked awkward playing against the stringent bowling from Mohammed Aamer. But given the fact of how explosive both this batsman can be from the word go, both these will definitely be at the helm for the hosts.

Kieran Powell played showed a lot of maturity in the first ODI, playing out the tough overs dealing in singles avoiding risks. He got to a good start and looked all poised to take his team beyond the Pakistan total but wrong shot selection cost him his wicket. But given the touch he was in on Friday, he will definitely be walking in at No.3 for West Indies.

Middle Order: Shai Hope, Mohammed, Jonathan Carter form the crux of the West Indies batting. Hope too got off to a great start scoring 24 but he succumbed under the tight spin bowling from Pakistan. But given the fact that he was safekeeping the wickets, he will definitely walk in at No.4. Having Mohammed in the middle-order is a no-brainer for West Indies. He has the ability to shift gears according to the situation and has excellent ability to counterattack the opposition bowlers.

Carter on the other hand, due to the increasing required scoring rate tried going against Pakistan bowlers immediately which cost him his wicket. Batting in lower middle-order, he will have to ensure of not throwing away his wicket.

Bowlers: Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel form bowling department for West Indies. Nurse was in exceptional form in the series opener both with the bat and bowl claiming 4 wickets first followed by the onslaught of unbeaten 15-ball 34 paving the road for West Indies victory. Gabriel will have to make some serious adjustment in his bowling as he bowled a lot of no-balls in the first game. Bishoo didn t bowl much in the series opener but given his reputation as a shrewd bowler, he can spin the opposition in his web quickly.

***Pakistan***

Top Order: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez form the engine for Pakistan. These three scored the majority of runs in the series opener giving the Men in Green a solid start. These three batsmen were in excellent touch on Friday scoring runs at almost run-a-ball. Hence, the management will be hoping for the same kind of start in the second game setting the tone for the visitors in this very crucial tie for them.

Middle Order: Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed form the spine for Pakistan. Azam is a great stroke player Pakistan have but failed to impress in the first game. But the veteran Malik displayed some great stroke hitting in the ending stage of the game scoring 53 off just 38 deliveries. Sarfraz, the Pakistan skipper is an attacking batsman by nature and is also the clean hitter of the ball.

Bowlers: Wahab Riaz, Aamer and Hasan Ali will have to handle the pace department for Pakistan. They started off well in the initial stage of the game on Friday, but once Mohammed and Nurse went after them, their discipline went amiss. Hasan will have to make some adjustment in his death-bowling as he suffered the wrath more. Wahab too will have to curtail his bowling issues as he too has the tendency of bowling too many no-balls.

Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim will have to handle the spin bowling for Pakistan. Shadab was very influential in the T20I series but he could not contain the big-hitting from the hosts in the 50-over game.

West Indies likely XI: Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Jason Mohammad, Jonathan Carter, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel

Pakistan likely XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Aamer, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz