The first test of the three-match series between West Indies and Pakistan will be played on Friday (today) at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The match is scheduled to start at 8:30 pm IST. WI vs Pak will be telecasted on Ten 3 and Ten 1 HD and those of you looking to catch the action online can access SonyLiv.com for free live streaming.
After hosting T20I and ODI series, WI is all set to take on Pakistan in Test series. This will be a memorable series for Pakistan as two of its senior-most players Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will bid farewell to international cricket after the tour comes to an end.
Misbah will be aiming to win his last series while Younis will be playing for crossing the 10,000 test run-mark. Pakistan’s recent performance in the test format was not up to par as they suffered back to back whitewashes at the hands of New Zealand, making it six losses in a row. Also Check: Champions Trophy 2017: India play New Zealand, Bangladesh in warm-ups
The pair, who have 72 and 115 caps respectively, both scored single figures in the tourists’ drawn three-day match against a West Indies President’s XI. However, Pakistan won both the T20 and One-Day International series earlier in the tour.
On the other hand, West Indies had won the last Test these two teams played, which was in Sharjah in November last year. They have named uncapped batting pair Vishaul Singh and Shimron Hetmeyer and recalled Kieran Powell to face Pakistan in the first Test.
West Indies likely XI: Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Devendra Bishoo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shannon Gabriel, Vishaul Singh, Alzarri Joseph
Pakistan likely XI: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar/Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Aamer, Hasan/Wahab