After a thrilling one-wicket win in the first Test, West Indies eye their series victory over Pakistan in more than two decades. The last time the Windies beat Pakistan in a series was way back in 2000, a 1-0 victory in a three-match clash.
Chasing a tricky target of 168, Windies struggled despite a classy 55 from Jermaine Blackwood. But they found an unlikely batting hero in Kemar Roach, who remained unbeaten on 30 off 52 to set up the nerve-wracking win. The win was, however, set up by Jayden Seales who returned with match figures of 8/125, including a fifer in Pakistan's second innings. And of course, skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, who scored 97 in Windies' first innings.
For Pakistan, only Fawad Alam (56 in the first innings) and skipper Babar Azam (55 in the second innings) managed to reach half-centuries. But pacer Shaheen Afridi took eight wickets, four each in each innings, to keep Pakistan's cause alive.
Both sides will hope for their stars to turn up in the series finale and pick up the first series win in the new ICC World Test Championship cycle. Check the latest standing HERE.
This will be their 54th meeting in Test cricket. Pakistan lead the head-to-head record, 20-18. 15 matches have ended in draws. In the last five meetings, Windies lead 3-2. In the last ten meetings, Pakistan lead 6-4. So, there's very little to choose between the two sides.
Series-wise, Pakistan lead 6-5 in 18 previous engagements. There were six drawn series too. But Pakistan have not lost to the Windies in six series.
Match and telecast details
Match: West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd Test
Days: August 20 to August 24, 2021
Time: 8:30 PM IST daily/ 10:00 AM local
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
TV Channels: Not available in India. Ten Sports (in Pakistan)
Live Streaming: FanCode (Subscription required)
Caribbean - Flow Sports, Flow Sports App; Sub-Saharan Africa - Supersport; USA - ESPN+; UK - BT Sport; Canada - ATN; Bangladesh - Rabbitholebd; New Zealand - Sky New Zealand; Australia - Fox Sports, Kayo Sports; Middle East and North Africa - Elife TV
Playing XI in the first Test
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jomel Warrican.
Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva(w), Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Jayden Seales, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Rahkeem Cornwall, Alzarri Joseph, Chemar Holder, Jahmar Hamilton.
Pakistan: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Saud Shakeel, Abdullah Shafique, Nauman Ali, Haris Rauf, Zahid Mahmood, Shahnawaz Dhani, Sajid Khan.