Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI Live Score 2013 - PAK vs WI Live
PAK vs WI 2nd ODI: Afridi will of course be key in the second ODI today, also to be played at the same venue. West Indies have now lost three successive games at home and would be hard pressed to set that right.
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They are obviously demoralised after a poor batting performance and the spin attack from the visitors would be playing on their minds - the senior Windies batsmen will have to step up against the likes of Afridi and Saeed Ajmal.
Pakistan, meanwhile, have their own set of problems to deal with. Indeed, they had the better attack for a pitch like that, but their batsmen would have to turn up a much better show. Afridi, despite his 355 ODIs, is not the type of batsman to score match after match and therefore, the openers need to lay a solid foundation and offer more support to skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who was the only other batsman to make some meaningful contribution with a patient 52.
Besides Afridi, if there is another man from either side, who could throw caution to the wind in difficult conditions, it is Chris Gayle. The southpaw is due for a big one and if he gets going, no amount of spin or pace will be enough to stop those big sixes. Gayle has been through a slump after his century against Sri Lanka in Kingston and after that humiliating defeat against Pakistan, he would be itching to have a go at their bowlers.
Pakistan (From): Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Umar Akmal(w), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Umar Amin, Mohammad Rizwan, Abdur Rehman, Haris Sohail
West Indies (From): Dwayne Bravo(c), Johnson Charles(w), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith