WI vs Pak 2nd Test- Match Preview
West Indies and Pakistan will square off against each other in the final match of the two-match Test series. After a riveting first Test, the spotlight rolls on to the much-anticipated second Test starting August 20. It was a narrow one-wicket win for the hosts as Pakistan lost the plot in the final moments of the game. Kemar Roach stood tall for his team to make a match-winning contribution with the bat to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
It wasn't a convincing performance from either side but eventually, West Indies emerged victoriously in the end. Bowlers had a brilliant outing for the course of four days while batters struggled thoroughly. Except for Kraigg Brathwaite who missed out on his hundred by a bare margin of three runs, and Babar Azam, who scored a decisive fifty in the second innings, most batters were found wanting against some top-quality bowling.
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Both the teams will have plenty to think about, especially Pakistan, before today's WI vs PAK 2nd Test at Jamaica. Pakistan will be gearing to draw level the series with a potential win, while West Indies will be eyeing to secure another win and seal the series 2-0 against the ‘Men in Green'.
Before we take a look at WI vs PAK Today Cricket Match Prediction, here’s a look at what does 2nd Test has to offer:
WI vs PAK– Predicted Playing XIs for the 2nd Test Match
West Indies have often been regarded as the underdogs with their recent below-par performances in Test cricket. A win in the second Test against Pakistan could do a world of good to their confidence and their performances in the upcoming few years. As a result, skipper Brathwaite will be keen to field the same West Indies playing XI for the 2nd Test.
Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner who looked out of form in the first outing could seek another opportunity in the 2nd Test. They will look to put a quell on their run-scoring drought. The middle-order troika of Jason Holder, Roston Chase, and Jermaine Blackwood held the batting together with useful contributions in either innings.
WI Playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, and Jayden Seales
Although the visitors succumbed against the hosts, there were plenty of positives for the Babar Azam-led side. Middle-order in the form of Fawad Alam and Faheem Ashraf stitched a crucial 85-run partnership in the first innings. Shaheen Afridi emerged out as a prolific bowler bagging eight wickets in the Test match. However, the top-order is still a point of concern for the Pakistan team management. The lack of runs for Azhar Ali and Abid Ali often tends to expose the middle-order against the new ball.
The tourists might possibly have a change of opening combination at the top of the order. Abdullah Shafique is likely to be considered ahead of under-firing Imran Butt for the 2nd Test.
Pakistan Playing XI: Imran Butt/Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohd Rizwan (wk), Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, and Faheem Ashraf
WI vs PAK Head-to-Head record in Test cricket
Matches played: 53
West Indies won: 18
Pakistan won: 20
In the 53 Head to Head matches so far, West Indies have emerged victorious 18 times in the five-day format of the game. Interestingly, Pakistan has taken an edge against the Caribbeans winning 20 matches. 15 matches have ended up in a draw. The statistics speak volumes about the neck and neck tussle between the two nations. It was visible in the first match as well. While West Indies will look to narrow the difference, Pakistan will ensure to win the match and take a vital lead in the result tally.
WI vs PAK Second Test Match- Players to Watch out for
Brathwaite who played a match-winning inning of 97 runs will garner the spotlight as expectations have risen manifolds. He'll be a key player for West Indies and for those who are interested in srl livescore at Sportsbet.io to help them earn maximum rewards. Top-order batsmen in the form of Bonner and Powell will need to be back in the form. Both the batsmen showcased poor batting skills in the first test. Bowlers like Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales will also be players to watch out for as they will need to break the partnership in quick intervals.
The tourists will be expecting their senior players to lift up their game in the 2nd Test of the series. The likes of Azhar Ali, Yasir Shah, and Babar Azam will have to be at the top of the game to beat West Indies. Shah, who was a star performer on the 2017 tour, had a rather colorless outing in the first Test. He could potentially be a trump card for his team in scripting a win in today's WI vs PAK second Test match.
WI vs PAK Today Match Prediction – Who will win the 2nd Test in Jamaica?
After a low-scoring thriller in the first match, West Indies will have an opportunity to seal the series 2-0. On other hand, the tourists will aim to bounce back and put up a stronger fight in all three departments. The two teams are closely matched as another exciting contest is in prospect. West Indies might have a slight edge after winning the first Test.
The home team will be high on confidence and can yet again expose Pakistan's batting weakness. As far as today's match prediction is concerned, West Indies will win WI vs PAK 2nd Test match.