Toss West Indies chose to bat v Pakistan
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Eighteen-year-old legspinner Shadab Khan replaced Wahab Riaz © AFP
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test against Pakistan. In sunny conditions in Bridgetown that looked ideal for batting, captain Jason Holder made what looked a straightforward decision. “We need to take our chances, and remember that the series is very much alive,” Holder said. Despite some concerns about the inexperience of their batting line-up, West Indies went into the game unchanged, meaning batsman Jermaine Blackwood was left out.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq agreed with Holder’s assessment of the pitch saying it “definitely looks a bat-first wicket.” In a move that Misbah had hinted at after the previous Test, Pakistan went into the game with two spinners, with legspinner Shadab Khan making his debut at the expense of Wahab Riaz. “There’s no grass on the pitch and we expect the pitch to turn later in the game,” Misbah said.
Pakistan can seal a first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean with victory in this game, with the visitors leading the series 1-0.
West Indies: Kieran Powell, 2 Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Roston Chase, 6 Vishaul Singh, 7 Shane Dowrich, 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabriel
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Abbas, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Shadab Khan, 11 Yasir Shah
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000
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