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    West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Providence
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    Spirited West Indies eye rare series win

    THE PREVIEW BY DANYAL RASOOL


    Match facts
    April 9, 2017
    Start time 09:30 local (13:30 GMT)


    West Indies will barely have recovered from the high of a record-breaking win in the first ODI against Pakistan when they go at it again in the second game on Sunday. It had looked every inch the average game you would expect against a depleted West Indies side before lesser-known Jason Mohammed dismantled Pakistan's fabled fast-bowling attack, sealing a chase of 309 with an over to spare. As a result, they prepare for the second game in the knowledge that they have the opportunity to wrap up a long-awaited series win against a top side.
    Pakistan's shock at losing the first ODI was written large across each of their faces, none more so than captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who seemed to run out of ideas and composure in equal measure as Mohammed began his brutal onslaught in the last ten overs. His leadership will be tested right away, as he faces the responsibility of lifting his team after a morale-sapping defeat.
    There was much scrutiny on the pace of Pakistan's innings during the middle overs, especially the sluggish way Mohammad Hafeez went about his innings, even though he did make up for it in the closing overs. However, Mickey Arthur also made plain his disappointment at the bowlers not being able to execute their plans at the back end. While there may be plenty of soul-searching for the visitors to do, they don't have much time to do it.
    Form guide

    West Indies WLLLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
    Pakistan LLLLW

    In the spotlight
    Chadwick Walton was chosen ahead of Kraigg Brathwaite because West Indies coach Stuart Law felt he could take better advantage of the first Powerplay. But Walton's ODI strike rate of 52.17 and average of 4.80 suggest Law's faith stems from what he may have seen in practice or domestic cricket. While six ODIs isn't a large sample size, those numbers are desperately disappointing by any standards, especially for an opener. As such, he may already be feeling the pressure to justify his coach's faith, particularly if he is to make a case for inclusion in the upcoming Tests, a format where his average reads an even more forlorn 3.25 in four innings.
    Chadwick Walton is yet to deliver on the expectation of quick runs in the Powerplay for West Indies AFPNo one splits opinion in Pakistan quite like Wahab Riaz, a true specimen of raw Pakistani fast bowling in all his bouncer-bowling, reverse-swinging, toe-crushing glory. But the other side of the left-armer is becoming impossible to ignore too. He has days - too many to be mentioned in the same breath as true fast bowling greats - when he is wildly inaccurate, struggles to keep his foot the right side of the crease or away from the danger zone down the middle of the pitch. With the criticism growing all the time, Wahab's career may be at a crossroads and the upcoming months, starting with Sunday, could shape the mercurial cricketer's future.
    Team news
    The result on Friday papered over what was a largely insipid performance from West Indies with both bat and ball for much of the contest, but the feel-good factor the win generated might tempt them to stick with the same eleven.
    West Indies XI (possible):

    1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton (wk), 3 Kieran Powell, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Jason Mohammad, 6 Jonathan Carter, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabriel

    Pakistan have more pressing selection quandaries than the hosts. Hafeez top-scored, but didn't seem to convince many, even if his contribution with the ball should see him retain his place. Mohammad Amir and Wahab were both poor at the death, and Junaid Khan could get his chance at the expense of one of them.
    Pakistan XI (possible):

    1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan

    Pitch and conditions
    The newly-laid surface at the Providence Stadium played much better than its predecessor had established a reputation for. A mockery was made of the wisdom that a low-scoring series was expected, as the ground record for an ODI innings was broken twice in four hours. Going purely off the first game, fans can expect another run-fest. Some cloud cover is expected, but rain is unlikely.
    Stats and trivia
    1. West Indies have not won an ODI series since August 2014, when they beat Bangladesh 3-0 at home. The last time they beat Pakistan in a bilateral ODI series was back in 1991, when Richie Richardson captained them to a 2-0 win against Imran Khan's Pakistan
    2. In his last seven innings in 50-overs cricket, Jason Mohammed has failed to go past fifty only twice

    Quotes

    "The team morale is really good. The boys believe in sticking together and being a family. We have to come back even stronger on Sunday. We can't rest on the victory. The important thing is to close out the series."
    West Indies bowler Ashley Nurse
    Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danny61000


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    #2
    Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

    It will be sickening if hafeez is played after his selfish innings the other day.

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      #3
      Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

      Originally posted by ehsan View Post
      It will be sickening if hafeez is played after his selfish innings the other day.
      I dont think they have courage to drop top scorer who also scored almost a run a ball.

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        #4
        Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

        Are they going to play Jasson Mohammad? I hope WI drop him...
        For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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          #5
          Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

          Originally posted by Moonstar201 View Post
          I dont think they have courage to drop top scorer who also scored almost a run a ball.
          Pakistan were short of at least 30 runs due to his pathetic batting in the middle overs. drop him and bring in Fakhar Zaman.

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            #6
            Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

            so , we were looking for a series win and now under pressure to save it. I hope that WI will again prove me correct. There most batters have fired up in last match now they will wait for next few matches.

            If paksitan score 300 again , they will reaach 250 max. prior that wahab riaz dont make such bad bowling.

            They msut bat first today else , will be difficult to chase 250 for us.

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              #7
              Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

              Wahab replaced by Junaid.......and Amir gets to play still. Should've been kicked out too.
              Unfortunately its impossible to get rid of parchi players such as Hafeez, Akmal, etc

              Fakhar as usual will sit out. Maybe he will get a chance when Hafeez is 42 and retires then??
              Why the hell is Babar Azam not being cemented in #3 ? Why change his order to #4 ?
              Go Main Raha Raheen-e-Sitam Haae Rozgaar
              Lekin Tere Khayaal Se Ghaafil Nahin Raha

              (Ghalib)

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                #8
                Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                yet another slow and pathetic start in powerplay.
                seems these bboys r playin for their spot in the team, as usual
                Go Main Raha Raheen-e-Sitam Haae Rozgaar
                Lekin Tere Khayaal Se Ghaafil Nahin Raha

                (Ghalib)

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                  #9
                  Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                  Tuk Tuk specialist Ahmed Shehzad fails yet again after wasting so many deliveries

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                    #10
                    Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                    another one caught down the leg side! pathetic cricket

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                      #11
                      Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                      tuk tuk jari hai, as Hafeez is at crease now.
                      maybe they'll cross 100 by 25th over today
                      Go Main Raha Raheen-e-Sitam Haae Rozgaar
                      Lekin Tere Khayaal Se Ghaafil Nahin Raha

                      (Ghalib)

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                        #12
                        Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                        23 dot balls out of 39 balls faced by Hafeez so far

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                          #13
                          Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                          These two have laid a good platform though. Time to push on now

                          This looks a good batting wicket

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                            #14
                            Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                            Hafeez goes finally. Stumped.. What a relief!

                            I think Shoaib Malik should bat at #4

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                              #15
                              Re: West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI,

                              Sjrn: "At least Hafeez didn't waste a ball to get out. Stumped on a wide. So considerate of him" It's the least he could do

                              lol

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