SHARJAH: Pakistan are confident they will win the third and final Test against West Indies in Sharjah to not only whitewash their opponents in Tests but also achieve a unique 9-0 sweep of the whole tour.
No team had ever won all the matches in all three formats with three matches each and that could give Pakistan the rare first of all wins when they start the final Test from Sunday.
Pakistan thwarted West Indies fourth innings fight in both the Tests, winning the first in Dubai by 56 runs and the second by 133 runs.
Pakistan had also blanked West Indies 3-0 in both the preceding Twenty20 and one-day series, also played in UAE.
West Indies did fight hard in both the Tests, batting for 109 and 108 overs in the fourth innings each time.
But Sharjah is a typically Pakistan-friendly pitch where they have won more one-day internationals that at any other venue. Pakistan also beat England here last year.
Misbah said the confidence is high in the camp.
“We are confident as a team the way we are playing and try to win this one,” said Misbah on Saturday. “For us every match is important and hopefully we will play good. Since we have a tough series ahead so we want to sign off with confidence and on a wining note.”
We want to keep it simple for us every game has important especially Test match and series victory are always carry a unique value. Every Test win as a value in term of ranking, level confidence so by every term its important for us to try to win this game as well.”
Misbah said his players are motivated despite the series is already sealed.
“You can’t say that its an inconsequential series. In terms of ranking and your team repute – its important for you to perforce consistency and keep on winning. Its is important of us to win and it doesn’t matter you are playing against. Its how you improve and perform,” said Misbah, who predicted another hard grind for bowlers on a flat Sharjah pitch.
“Yes, its a typical Sharjah pitch and I think its likely that bowlers will find it hard to find 20 wickets,” said Misbah.
Pakistan are likely to bring in Wahab Riaz or Imran Khan in place of Sohail Khan.
West Indies have their own problems as they failed in the first innings of both the Tests. They are likely to bring fit-again Shane Dowrich in place of Shai Hope and may like to give Alzarri Jospeh a chance in place of the misfiring Miguel Cummins.
Cummins had just one wicket in two Tests.
West Indian captain Jason Holder wants his team to continue fighting.
“We have shown good fight and improvement so that’s the main goal,” said Holder. “We have not capitalised our chances in the series so that will also be important.”