Pakistan take on West Indies in the second Twenty20 game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 24 September (Saturday).
Where to watch
Match starts at 5pm BST. There is no live coverage of the game in the UK.
Pakistan, who are playing their home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), delivered a master class performance in the first T20 International on 23 September, where they thrashed West Indies to win the game by 9 wickets.
Asking the visitors to bat after winning the toss, the Pakistani bowlers bowled magnificently to restrict West Indies to 115. The star of the show for Pakistan was left-arm spinner Imad Wasim who bamboozled the West Indian batsman to register match-winning figures off 5/14, becoming only the second Pakistan bowler after seamer Umar Gul to take five wickets in a T20 innings.
Needing only 116 runs to chase, the batsman led by Khalid Latif and Babar Azam ensured that Pakistan got there without any troubles in the end. The team management will not want to tinker with a winning combination, meaning that the same XI is expected to play on Saturday.
The visitors West Indies came into this clash on the back of an impressive performance against India in Florida recently, but they struggled on the slow and turning pitch at the Dubai International cricket stadium with off spinner Imad Wasim in particular making use of the turn and bounce on offer.
West Indies at one stage were reeling at 48/8 and that they reached a final score of 115 was due to a 54-ball 55 run knock by Dwayne Bravo, who put on 66-runs for the ninth wicket with Jerome Taylor, the highest ninth-wicket partnership in T20 International history.
The bowlers had only 116 to defend, but despite the low score, they lacked bite which played into the hands of the Pakistani batsman. The visitors are handicapped by the absence of T20 superstars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Lendl Simmons but such capitulation was not expected from their batsman. They have no injury worries at present but might want to give pace-bowler Kesrick Williams and batsman Rovman Powell a chance to play
West Indies to win
Betting odds (ladbrokes)
- Pakistan to win: 10/11
- West Indies to win: 10/11
Possible XI: Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali.
Possible XI: Johnson Charles, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher (wk), Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Sunil Narine, Kesrick Williams, Samuel Badree.