WI look to avoid whitewash
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):
Reigning World champions West Indies find themselves in the unfamiliar position of battling to avoid a whitewash when they clash with Pakistan in the final Twenty20 International of the three-match series here today.
Battered following two bruising defeats in the opening games in Dubai, West Indies will aim for a dramatic turnaround in order to extract some semblance of pride from what has otherwise been a humbling experience.
The side which won an unprecedented second T20 World Cup last April in India are yet to display that swagger and captain Carlos Brathwaite said now was a good a time as any for his unit to make their presence felt.
"Every game we play we go out there to win. Psychologically, going into the longer format - the 50 overs - it would do us a lot of good to get a victory," Brathwaite said here yesterday.
In both games so far, West Indies have suffered batting meltdowns. In the opening game last Friday, they were bundled out for 115 paving the way for Pakistan's uncomplicated nine-wicket victory.
And in the second game the following day, the Caribbean side botched their run chase in pursuit of 161, to go down by 16 runs.
After playing an unchanged team in the opening games with little change in the outcome, Brathwaite said selectors were contemplating using a few new faces for the final game set for the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Rovman Powell and fast bowler Kesrick Williams are two uncapped players in the squad who could come in, while Chadwick Walton and Test and one-day captain, Jason Holder, are also yet to play.