Our Pick West Indies are favourites to win
Pakistan will be taking on the West Indies in the second game of the three-match T20I series on September 24. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium that hosted the first match will be the venue for this match as well. Live action is scheduled to commence at 8 PM local time.
Read on for our betting tips and match prediction for Pakistan vs West Indies second T20 international...
The wicket is not expected to change much from the one used in the previous game. Run-scoring should be easy once a batsman applies himself and pitching the ball in good areas should yield positive results for the bowlers too. The team that bats first here should look for a minimum of 160 on this decent batting surface.
Toss will have its importance at the Dubai International Stadium as the side batting first has won more games in the recent times. So 'win the toss and bat first' is probably going to be the strategy for both the teams on Saturday.
It should be a tight contest if Pakistan bat first and set up a stiff target. Else, they would give Carlos Brathwaite and company a sniff of victory.
Predicted Score: 140-150
For Pakistan to reach 140-150 or even more, Khalid Latif, Umar Akmal, Sharjeel Khan and Shoaib Malik will have to do well with the bat. Akmal has had the most success against the West Indies in T20 cricket and he is a favorite to top-score for his team. Malik has also shown consistency in this format and he can be expected to play a knock of substance. Latif likes to attack and if he gets going, Pakistan should get into a good position.
Dwayne Bravo - the leading wicket-taker for the Windies in T20Is - will be leading the West Indian charge with the ball. He has been among the wickets and has a good chance of being the top bowler for his side. Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree shared five wickets between them in the warm-up match and they could bother the Pakistani batsmen in these spin-friendly conditions. If these three keep up their good form with the ball, the hosts could fall short of the predicted total.
Predicted Score: 160-170
Johnson Charles will be the key in their hopes of summing up a big first-innings score. The opener had batted impressively against India and also looked in good touch in the warm-up match, making him a likely prospect to top-score for the West Indies on Saturday. Samuels, Pollard and Bravo are the others who will be featuring on Pakistan's hit list. Samuels is highly destructive in T20s and he can also be expected to come up with a valuable contribution.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will turn to his three premier fast bowlers - Mohammad Amir, Sohail Tanvir and Wahab Riaz - to limit the West Indies to a manageable score. All three of them have bowled well in the past, though Amir's ability to reverse swing the old ball and fire in stingy yorkers is what makes him a favorite to pick up the most wickets for his side. Imad Wasim has emerged as a quality spinner and if the left-armer is able to provide good support to the three seamers, West Indies may not be too happy with their score at the end of their innings.
While they have improved vastly as a test team and have even claimed the pole position in the ICC test rankings, Pakistan need to work harder on becoming a better limited-overs side. They, at times, become way too dependent on their bowlers to win matches and this is why they are so down in the ODI and T20I rankings. Bowlers are able to deliver 7 out of 10 times, but they are going need a much better effort from their batsmen if they are to overcome the current World T20 champions.
Pakistan should be in with a strong chance if they do well with the bat. We, however, don't expect a good batting performance from them and therefore back the West Indies to win this second T20 international.
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