WI vs PAK | 2nd T20I Match Preview
The first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan at Barbados ended in no result as rain played the spoilsport. Even after a delayed start to the 9-overs per side contest, rain gods didn't allow the second innings to commence. Eventually, after the West Indies innings, the match was called off to mark a poor start to the series. The action for the last three T20Is shifts to the Providence Stadium in Guayana.
Both the teams will be aiming to get their first win of the series in the 2nd T20I on July 31. With the WI vs PAK 2021 T20I series now reduced to only three games, it will be necessary for both teams to make a strong start in the 2nd T20I. Pakistan will aim to bring their A-game and exploit the struggling top-order for the home team.
Here’s a detailed look at the WI vs PAK Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks for 2nd T20I:
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch at the Providence Stadium usually exhibits a slow nature. The 22-yards have often been found assisting the spinners. As a result, the team winning the toss might opt to bat first as chasing might get tougher on such a surface. However, the nature of the pitch shouldn't change too drastically after the first 20 overs.
The weather conditions might yet again play a part in WI vs PAK 2nd T20I at Guyana. With an 11 AM start, a few morning showers might affect the action during the entire course of the game. A delayed start or a curtailed match could again be on the cards in the 2nd T20I between West Indies and Pakistan.
The home team has a settled unit in this format of the game. There might be a possible change at the top of the order for the Caribbean side after Lendl Simmons retired hurt in the first T20I. Simmons was hit on the neck courtesy of a sharp bouncer by debutant Mohammad Wasim Jr. Andre Fletcher could replace the opener in the playing XI. The rest of the playing XI is expected to be unchanged for the 2nd T20I vs Pakistan.
The ‘Men in Green' considered Sharjeel Khan at the top of the order while Sohaib Maqsood was left out for the 1st T20I. Mohammd Wasim Jr. was handed his T20I debut as he shared the new ball duties alongside Shaheen Shah Afridi. The visitors even rested Imad Wasim and went in with two premier leg-spinner in Shadab Khan and Usman Qadir. Pakistan will stick with the same XI until any injury concern forces a change of plans for the touring party.
Probable Playing XIs
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Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein
Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir
Top Fantasy Picks for WI vs PAK 1st T20I
Skipper Pollard is often the crisis man for West Indies. Even in a curtailed 1st T20I, it was Pollard's 9-ball 22 that helped West Indies to finish strong after they were reeling at 51/4. Not only as a power striker in the slog overs, but Pollard can also deliver with the ball in hand. A slow nature of the pitch in Guyana would be ideal for his style of bowling.
He's a top pick in the Dream11 Fantasy team for the 2nd between West Indies and Pakistan. Kieron Pollard would also be a good choice as captain in the WI vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction.
The left-handed West Indian has been a T20 revelation in the recent past. He's crucial to WI's T20 World Cup plans and offers stability in the middle-order. With his ability to change gears at any stage of the game also allows the team to feature Chris Gayle in the starting XI. In the 2nd T20I against PAK, Pooran could be one of the few batters who are capable to find a way to accumulate runs on that kind of a surface.
As a result, he's a definite pick in the Dream11 Fantasy Team for the 2nd WI vs PAK T20I. Pooran also offers fantasy points as a wicket-keeper in the team.
Pakistan's Babar Azam is one of the best white-ball players in the world. Ranked No.2 in the ICC Men's T20I batting rankings, Babar is riding high on confidence with his stupendous form in limited-overs cricket. He scored 118 runs in the T20Is vs England but failed to guide his team to victory despite his consistency.
The 26-year old will be raring to turn the fortunes for his team with his contribution in the 2nd T20I vs WI. Opening the batting gives him an opportunity to have maximum impact on the game. Hence, it augurs well for his selection as a captain in today's Dream11 Fantasy team Prediction in the 1st WI vs PAK T20I at Barbados.
The right-handed opener for Pakistan in T20Is, Mohammad Rizwan is witnessing a dream run in 2021. He has achieved great success in the last few months which has managed to overhaul the ever-growing stature of his skipper in this format. Rizwan was the highest run-getter for Pakistan in the T20Is.
He scored two fifties in the series and nearly took the tourists on the brink of a win against England. Along with Azam, Rizwan will be on the main picks in the Dream11 team for the 2nd WI vs PAK T20I match. Rizwan is a genuine choice as the vice-captain of the team.
Dream11 Team Prediction for WI vs PAK 2nd T20I Match
Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan, Nicolas Pooran
Batsmen: Kieron Pollard (VC), Even Lewis, Babar Azam (C)
All-Rounders: Andre Russell, Mohammad Hafeez
Bowlers: Obed McCoy, Haris Rauf, Hayden Walsh, Hasan Ali
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs PAK 2nd T20I match?
The curtailed first T20I didn't indicate any clear favorites for the rest of the WI vs PAK 2021 T20I series. Both the teams have a huge reputation in the T20 format and would surely want to do justice to it in the 2nd T20I. However, with home advantage and experience of playing in similar conditions throughout the summer, West Indies will have a slight edge over Pakistan going into the 2nd T20I in Guyana. As a result, West Indies will win the 2nd WI vs PAK on July 31.