Pakistan VS West Indies 3rd ODI Live 5 October 2016 Match on PTV Sports

Pakistan VS West Indies 3rd ODI Live 5 October 2016 Match on PTV Sports

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Pakistan VS West Indies 3rd ODI Live 5 October 2016 Match on PTV Sports

pak-vs-west-indies-1st-odi-30-september-2016-watch-live-cricketFrom sacking their head coach hours prior to a major tour, to getting blanked in all five matches played so far in formats they were expected to pose a big threat in, it has all gone wrong for West Indies in the United Arab Emirates. And to make matters worse, they are yet to come up against their biggest challenge on the trip so far when they face Pakistan in the succeeding Test series.

Prior to the two Tests though, they will have another crack at redeeming some pride and more importantly, regaining lost confidence when they take on the hosts in the third and final One-Day International, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 5). A win especially with contributions from members from the Test side, would do wonders to a team that looks totally demoralised, as the former skipper Dwayne Bravo recently admitted. The reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions never recovered from the nine-wicket loss they suffered in the first T20I and went on to lose the next two as well.

Pakistan carried forward the winning momentum into the ODIs as well. Babar Azam grabbed the opportunity to bat at No.3 with both hands and notched up back-to-back centuries. The home side’s middle order now looks strong with Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed amongst the runs as well. Skipper Azhar Ali, who was under pressure prior to the series after losing in England, registered a couple of single-digit scores and will be looking to spend some time in the middle ahead of the Tests. It will be interesting to see if Umar Akmal is given an opportunity after earning a recall to the 50-overs side. If he is included, Mohammad Rizwan is expected to make way.

The visitors though will primarily be focussing on establishing a decent opening stand. Johnson Charles and Kraigg Brathwaite have failed to deliver in Chris Gayle’s absence with the latter especially struggling to rotate the strike. Brathwaite’s dot-ball percentage will be a cause for concern for the team management and it can tempt them to offer Evin Lewis another chance after his blistering ton against India in the first T20I at Florida.