Pakistan won the first T20I against West Indies convincingly    AFP
Pakistan won the first T20I against West Indies convincingly AFP

West Indies will lock horns with Pakistan in the second of the four-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at Port of Spain. As a matter of fact, the last two matches will be played at the same venue. Pakistan edged past West Indies by 6 wickets in the opener and lead the series 1-0. For that matter, both teams have faced each other in 8 matches, with Pakistan coming up victorious 6 times. Be that as it may, West Indies are studded with T20 specialists. If they stage a comeback, it won’t come as a surprise. Let us have a look at the likely XI of both the teams. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I at Port of Spain

Top order: West Indies put up only 111 runs in the first mach. The top order added only 36 between them. Nonetheless, given it features Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton, Marlon Samuels, and Lendl Simmons, they will go with the same firepower.

Middle order: The middle order could not make amends as well. Kieron Pollard scored a mere 14 and Rovman Powell only 5. However, West Indies sent Sunil Narine at No. 6 as the pinch-hitter, but he could add only 1 off 5.

Lower-middle order: Captain Carlos Brathwaite came to the hosts’ rescue. He scored an unbeaten 34 off 27 to take his team past 100. Jason Holder, who can use the long handle to blasting effect, adds more depth to their batting armoury.

Bowlers: Leg-spinner Samuel Badree’s figures read 4-0-24-1. But defending 112 against a batting-heavy Pakistan, there was very little he could do. Narine, too, failed to provide impetus.

Pacers Brathwaite and Holder took 3 important wickets between them. Meanwhile, Pollard and Williams bowled three wicketless overs.

All in all, they are likely to play the same starting XI.

Now to Pakistan…

Top order: Pakistan, like West Indies, have a strong top order. The onus will be on the openers Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad to provide a solid foundation for the batsmen to come. And even if the duo fails, they have Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez at No. 3 and 4.

Middle order: Shoaib Malik has been Pakistan’s man during crisis. He shines when others fail. Above all, he justified his role as a finisher, scoring an unbeaten 38 off 29. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed at No. 6 adds stability to their line-up.

Imad Wasim’s ability to clear the ropes is not new. His strike rate reads 156.3 in 16 T20Is. At No. 7 he will have to up the ante in the death overs.

Bowlers: Pakistan’s bowling unit played well as a cohesive unit. Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali, and Wahab Riaz took a wicket apiece. However, leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked up 3 for 7 in 4 overs, eventually getting Man of the Match.

Likely XI:

West Indies: Elton Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wk), Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams

Pakistan: Kamran Akmal (wk), Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Imad Wasim, , Sohail Tanvir, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan