Mohammad Hafeez grabbed the Player of the Match award in the second game for his stupendous spell of bowling.
The opening T20I between Pakistan and West Indies was washed off after only nine overs. In the second game on Saturday, July 31, at the Providence Stadium in Guyana, the visitors won by seven runs.
Mohammad Hafeez became the Player of the Match for his stupendous spell of bowling. For the hosts, Nicholas Pooran’s valiant 33-ball 62 went in vain.
The third game of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 1. The game is a chance for Pakistan to take an unassailable lead in the series. The home team will be desperate to draw the much-needed equaliser.
Match – West Indies vs Pakistan – 3rd T20I
Venue – Providence Stadium, Guyana
Time – 08:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM Local
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Guyana during the second T20I wasn’t an overly easy one for batting. The spinners got quite some assistance from the surface. The track has helped teams batting second and hence, chasing should remain as the way forward.
Avg score: 139 (8 T20Is in Guyana)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3, N/R – 1
Playing combination for WI vs PAK
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Akeal Hosein
Bench: Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cottrell, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Romario Shepherd, Fidel Edwards
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir
Bench: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Sohaib Maqsood
WI vs PAK Head-to-Head
Played – 16 | West Indies – 3 | Pakistan – 12 | N/R – 1 | Tied- 0
In West Indies
Played – 9 | West Indies – 2 | Pakistan – 6 | N/R – 1 | Tie- 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Babar Azam– Pakistan
Prior to the T20I series, Babar Azam had a T20I average of over 57 against the West Indies. The 26-year-old carried on with his numbers even in the second game. Azam notched a well-compiled 40-ball 51 with four fours and two sixes. It was Jason Holder, who eventually got rid of him in the first ball of the 17th over.
Probable best bowler of the match
Hayden Walsh Jr- West Indies
Hayden Walsh Jr has been in impressive form in recent times. He bagged the Player of the Series award in the Australia T20Is after picking 11 wickets in five games. Though he failed to get a wicket in the second T20I against Pakistan, he gave away only 25 runs in his quota of four overs. The tweaker is expected to carry on with his form.
Today’s match prediction: West Indies to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.