Pakistan favorites aim to seal series against West Indies

Pakistan, who have been in terrific form of late, will be looking to wrap up the series with a win in the second T20I against West Indies in Karachi.

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Pakistan vs West Indies, second T20I
National Stadium, Karachi
December 14, 6:00 p.m. local time

Pakistan broke the record for most wins in a calendar year, surpassing their own record of 17 wins in the men’s T20I in 2018, with a 63-point win over West Indies in Karachi. After the batters brought the hosts to a solid 200 total, the bowlers were in the money early on as the West Indies crumbled under the pressure of the chase.

Pakistani skipper Babar Azam has hinted at changes for game two of the post-match presentation and may opt to rest a few key squad players who have played without much break since the start of the World Cup men’s ICC T20 2021.

West Indies, on the other hand, have a lot to think about but don’t have too much time to do so as they are playing the second match less than 24 hours after the end of the first. The Windies, far from complete, debuted Dominic Drakes and Shamarh Brooks and the general inexperience showed in the first T20I.

Captain Nicholas Pooran will want a better overall performance and hopes to force the series to become a decider.

remember the last time

Pakistan picked up a comfortable victory by 63 points in the inaugural T20I at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Batted first by West Indies, Pakistan lost a few wickets in the Powerplay but were saved by a brilliant 105-run stand between Mohammad Rizwan (78) and Haider Ali (68). Mohammad Nawaz put the finishing touches on the innings with a superb 10-ball 30* cameo to propel Pakistan to 200/6.

West Indies lost their way in the first 10 overs, as they lost half of their team midway through the innings. The 46-run stand for 9th wicket between Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith spared them some blushes as they were grouped for 137. Mohammad Wasim was Pakistan’s star bowler with a four-wicket run.

what they said

Pakistani captain Babar Azam after his team’s victory in the first match: “Rizwan and Haider Ali played practical shots and the way Nawaz finished was exceptional. Our spinners played well and put them under pressure. We will sit down and discuss the combination to play for the next game.”

West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran on the heavy loss in the series opener: “We gave 20 points on the field. Few limits were edges, so we felt undone there. We felt we could have chased 200. Everyone knows we have a young group, that It all comes down to execution. It’s all about learning as fast as you can.”

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