The Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown will host its second T20I when the home side West Indies takes on Pakistan. Pakistan won the first match on Saturday by a narrow margin of 2 wickets, in a last ball thriller. The West Indies will hope to pull off a win, to at least end the series on a high. Pakistan should not be complacent in any way, as Captain Darren Sammy will not allow his side to lie down.
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As in the ODI series, the West Indies continue to struggle in the opening department. Chris Gayle looks to be in the worst form of his career, which puts the rest of the line-up under severe pressure. His opening partner Johnson Charles has looked good at times, but has been too inconsistent. During the ODI series it was the pace of Mohammad Irfan that got to Gayle and Charles, whereas on this occasion it was the spin of Mohammad Hafeez.
The selectors should really consider Lendl Simmons at the top of the order, he averages 31 in T20I cricket, and scored most of his runs in the opening position. West Indies will have to adapt their game plan, they had to front up to 14 over of spin bowled by Pakistan, and at most times looked clueless against the likes of Ajmal and Afridi. The one positive they can take from the opening T20I is the form of Kieron Pollard, he looked to be striking the ball well, which is a pleasant sight for any West Indies fan.
Pakistan will be buyant by the performances of debutants Umar Amin and Zilfiqar Babar. Both were influential in the win on Saturday, which shows good character to put in performances like that on debut. Zilfiqar was an unknown entity with the ball, and his spin and variations had the West Indies middle order in all sorts of trouble. With the T20I series being a double header, the West Indies won have much time to study him, which will certainly make him effective once again.
Shahid Afridi who was named man of the match, just keeps on performing, he played a winning knock with the bat, and a decent performance with the ball. The Pakistan team spirit on the field seems to be a happy one, which makes for a winning side. The only worry for Pakistan will still be the opening partnership of Jamshed and Shehzad, who seemed to be finding their way towards the end of the ODI series, but both failed again on Saturday.
The home side will not feel disgraced, with Pakistan winnings the opening match off the last ball, a game which could’ve gone either way. Darren Sammy has a unique way of captaining the side, and has to get his troops together to try and save some face. Pakistan on the other hand will do everything in their power to secure another series win, which might spark a comeback for the Pakistan side on international level, with plenty of young blood coming through.