PROVIDENCE, Guyana: Pakistan are playing the second One-day International of their three-match series against West Indies here today and after the shock defeat in the first ODI on Friday, they must win this and the next match to qualify for the 2019 World Cup.
On Friday, West Indies made history as they chased down a total of over 300 for the first time in ODI cricket to beat Pakistan, who found themselves in a difficult situation of having to win the next two matches if they are to salvage the series.
The Pakistan are currently ranked at No 8 in the ICC’s ODI rankings, holding the final automatic qualification spot for the 2019 World Cup; West Indies are in ninth, with five ranking points separating the sides. The West Indians have to beat Pakistan otherwise the former champions — who will be absent from this year’s Champions Trophy — will struggle to catch them ahead of September’s cut-off. A failure to win the series will leave West Indies with the prospect of having to come through the ICC Qualifier.
The second ODI allows Pakistan to make amends for the shock first ODI loss and they should make the most of the opportunity rather than let another defeat damage the momentum they gathered after the T20I series win.
West In dies, the team one spot behind Pakistan in the rankings, however, have a lot of ground to make up as they currently sit on 3,340 points, 1,665 points behind Pakistan; thus overtaking the Men in Green won’t be an easy task but Pakistan should not take that for granted.