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The first Test between Pakistan and West Indies resulted in a win for the hosts. A gripping contest ended in the favor of the West Indies as Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales held their nerves to script a one-wicket win. West Indies would be keen to continue the winning momentum and register another win in the second Test to seal the series.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would be disappointed to have a lost the game from a winning position. Dropped catches in the final session of the fourth day didn’t help their cause as they failed to take only the remaining one wicket to win the match. Nevertheless, they would be eager to make a statement in the next game and level the series with a win. In this article, we look at West Indies’ probable playing XI for the second Test:
West Indies vs Pakistan 2021, Second Test: West Indies’ predicted playing XI
Captain of West Indies, K Brathwaite played a stellar 97-run knock of 221 balls in the West Indies’s first innings. It set the foundation for the win. West Indies would be wanting the skipper to play a similar knock in the second Test to strengthen their chances of winning the game. He would be leading the side for the second Test against Pakistan.
Brathwaite’s counterpart, K Powell fell cheaply in both the innings of the first Test. The Pakistan fast-bowling trio was perhaps too good for the West Indies’ opener in the first Test. He ought to come good in the second Test to set the foundation of a good score.
With N Bonner failing to produce a substantial knock in the first Test, the experiencer Shai Hope might get a look into the second Test. Hope hasn’t been in the best of form but his experience in home conditions should keep the team in good stead. West Indies would surely be tempted to play him ahead of Bonner in the next game.
Chase made 21 and 22 in the first and second innings respectively of the first Test. His contribution with the bat in the West Indies’ second innings was vital as West Indies were tottering at 16 for 3 in 6 overs. He stitched a crucial 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Blackwood to help the team escape from a collapse. He would be vital for the team in the middle-order and could also be handy with the ball.
Jermaine Blackwood played some pleasant-looking shots in the match-saving 68-run partnership with Roston Chase in West Indies’ second innings. He scored a vital 55-run knock of 78 balls to help West Indies secure a one-wicket win in the end. In the first innings, he scored 22 for 54 balls.
K Mayers’ all-round contribution with bat and ball makes him a great asset in the Test team. He can pick wickets as well as score runs down the order. Mayers unfortunately didn’t add a single run to his name in the first Test, getting out on ducks on both occasions.
However, he was useful with the ball. He took two wickets and ask questions frequently during Pakistan’s innings.
The former West Indies skipper, Jason Holder is one of the most valuable players in the team. He scored a useful half-century before picking 3 wickets in the first innings. Overall, he picked 4 wickets and scored 74 runs.
Joshua Da Silva
The West Indies wicket-keeper was brilliant behind the stumps and took some sharp catches. He scored 21 and 13 in the first and second innings respectively. Da Silva would be hoping to convert those starts into big scores in the next game.
Kemar Roach made good use of the conditions at Sabina Park and ask a lot of questions during his spell. He picked two wickets in the first innings, including the important wicket of Babar Azam. It was followed by a three-for in Pakistan’s second innings. Kemar Roach’s 30-run contribution in the last innings helped West Indies win the game by 1 wicket.
Alzarri Joseph/Jomel Warrican
Given how Jomel Warrican faired in the last given, Alzarri Josephy might be included in the playing XI. Warrican bowled only eight overs in the match and couldn’t pick a wicket. Joseph has played 16 Tests for West Indies, picking 38 wickets at 39.4.
The rising star for West Indies, Jayden Seales made the first Test of the series a memorable one. He picked five wickets in Pakistan’s second innings to become the youngest West Indies fast bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in Tests. Overall, he finished with 8 wickets in the first Test.
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