Pakistan ended a run of four consecutive ODI defeats with a thumping win in the second ODI against the West Indies on Sunday and the Pakistanis will either protect their unbeaten 26-year ODI series record against the West Indies or lose that tag today.
The teams return to the Providence Stadium in Guyana for today’s 9.30 am start to the series-ending third one day international.
The West Indies won the first match in breath-taking fashion on April 7 by four wickets while Pakistan won the second on April 9 by 74 runs.
After riding on Jason Mohammed’s brilliant 91 not out and Ashley Nurse’s support role to chase down Pakistan’s first match 308 score, the West Indies’ confidence for the second ODI took a dive as they struggled and failed to get to Pakistan’s 282.
With that Pakistan win, it meant they will remain in the eighth and final automatic qualification place for the 2019 World Cup,leaving the West Indies to rue not winning all three matches to get that berth.
Two of three Trinidad and Tobago players who have made fine impressions in both games so far , batsmen Evin Lewis and Jason Mohammed are in feature again in today’s match which has their compatriot pace man Shannon Gabriel doubtful having emerged from Sunday’s second ODI nursing a leg strain.
Lewis’s talent is obvious to anyone who remembers his demolition of the Indian bowling attack in Florida last year, where a 49-ball century set his side up for a one-run win.
He could be due another explosive innings, and with the series on the line, the third ODI wouldn’t be a bad time to get going.
Hometown left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul has been added to the Windies squad as cover for fast bowler Gabriel, but the Windies do have a like-for-like replacement in Miguel Cummins, who may make his first appearance this series.
West Indies (possible): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton, 3 Kieran Powell, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Jason Mohammad, 6 Jonathan Carter, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Miguel Cummings/Shannon Gabriel
Showers are expected for parts of the afternoon, and a curtailed contest is possible.
Pakistan’s record in bilateral series deciders since 2003 has been quite poor. In 14 series-deciding final matches, they have lost 12 and won just 2 – both against Zimbabwe. West Indies have a chance to keep that historical mark alive.
Over in India, Carlos Brathwaite who captained the West Indies in the4 -match T20 series which the Pakistanis won 3-1 is in the Delhi Daredevils squad for their second match in the IPL T20 tournament today.
Brathwaite who is well remembered for hitting four consecutive sixes in a last-over barrage to lead West Indies to the T20 World Cup title in the ICC Championship in India last year scored just one and bowled two overs for 29 runs in Daredevils/\’ first match 15-run loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.