The news from Sharjah is the coin has been tossed and Pakistan has won the toss and has elected to bat first, on the surface where batting first was quiet a smart move by the skipper.


Playing XI:


West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sulieman Benn, Alzarri Joseph



Pakistan: Azhar Ali(c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali



The captains after the toss:


Jason Holder: I think we are starting well but not able to close out. To be honest, you need to have to positive intent. Once you do that, it all comes good. It is down to each and every individual. We have to work on our plans, especially slower balls in the middle overs. We have got one forced change. Shannon Gabriel has got a sore neck so Alzarri Joseph comes in


Azhar Ali: We are going to bat first. Surface is pretty good, it takes a bit of time to settle down here. First of all, it is about putting runs on the board. And also it keeps low later, may not turn but that makes batting a bit tough. The pressure is always there in international cricket. As a team we are gelling really well. The best we can do is execute our plans. We are going with the same team