West Indies vs Pakistan match preview – Glory awaits none for long. This phrase can have long-lasting meaning for the West Indian and Pakistani sides. While West Indies first two of the inaugural world cups in 1975 and 1979, Pakistan managed to take the World Cup home in 1992 under the magical captaincy of Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan.
While they may have a wonderful past to look back proudly, the presence of these two teams has been dismal. Pakistan was drubbed convincingly recently by England 4-0 just before the world cup started, the West Indian team registered some wins against England and Bangladesh to boost their morale. The fact that their batters came into tremendous form to hit 421 in the recent warm-up match against New Zealand tells us how the team is charged up entering the world cup.
Pakistan, however, registered their 11th straight defeat when they lost against a rejuvenated Afghanistan side. While Pakistan has a lot to ponder, Jason Holder would make a mark post his promotion to the captain of the ODI side.
West Indies vs Pakistan match preview – West Indies Team Preview
West Indies can be understood as the most unexpected sides of the 12th Edition of ICC CWC 2019. The team has had mixed performance in the past year with some out of the blue wins but the team draws a majority of its confidence from the Test series win against England last year. The batting has been fabulous while the bowling looks fresh as ever. The 39-year-old Chris Gayle who was hitting the ball well for the Kings XI Punjab would love to wrap his career holding the shining world cup trophy while it would be interesting to see how Evin Lewis fares with the big man by his side. He has often been cited as an interesting prospect with the power of Gayle and elegance of Lara and it is his contribution to the team which can change its fortune.
The biggest positive that the West Indies team draws is from the inclusion of young Shai Hope who can be explosive and regressive as per the demands of the team. Shimron Hetmyer who last featured donning the RCB colors would love to hit some form to provide the West Indies side impetus in the middle overs. However, it would come down to one man who can snatch matches from the opposition on his day. Andre Russel would be the biggest worry any team faces this world cup with his power hitting. He hit 54 off 25 balls with three towering sixes to take his team to 421 in the practice match against New Zealand. Kemar Roach would lead the West Indian fast bowling pack with the likes of Oshane Thomas and Shannon Gabriel. The spin department, however, looks weak in the absence of Sunil Narine while looking up to Ashley Nurse to provide spin assistance.
West Indies Team: Jason Holder (capt), Shai Hope (wk), Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, , Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas
West Indies Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), DM Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russel, Jason Holder (C), Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas
West Indies vs Pakistan match preview – Pakistan Team Preview
Pakistan Coach Mickey Arthur and chief Selector Injamam-ul-Haq keep reiterating that they have chosen the best available XI for the team but the recent drubbings in the recently concluded series say otherwise. The Pakistani team has been suffering from a rare phenomenon where none of their tactics seem to work. This might mean that the team is going in the world cup with the 11th straight loss against Afghanistan and lost confidence. However, being the underdog has actually helped the Pakistani side often, the prime example of which was its faring in the 1992 World cup where it started as underdogs. The Pakistani side would love to replicate the same in this world up as well.
Fakhar Zaman would be looking forward to replicating his performance in the Champions Trophy where he drubbed Indian bowling line up in pieces in route to the trophy. For him, the English soil would be the inspiration to hit the form while he still can. His partner Imam-ul-Haq, however, has been in the form of late with a stupendous century against England in the last series. He also showed glimpses of form against Afghanistan in the warm-up match also. Babar Azam would be the biggest plus going forward into the world cup with the hundred in the practice match while Shoaib Malik would like to script something into history as his last world cup game. Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Khan would have the responsibility to strengthen the middle order while Shadab Khan would don the role of finisher.
Wahab Riaz showed glimpses of his golden hand in the warm-up match but would be keen to unsettle the opposition with the kind of spell he bowled to Australian batsmen in the 2015 ICC CWC quarterfinal game. He would duly be complemented by Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali while the spin department would rest on Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik.
Pakistan Team: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz
Pakistan Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (Capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
West Indies vs Pakistan match preview – Match detai;s
Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
When: Friday, May 31, 03:00 PM, IST
Average 1st inning score: 252
Average 2nd inning score: 219
Highest Total: 481/6 (50 Overs) by England vs AUS
Lowest Total: 83/10 (23 Overs) by RSA vs England
Highest Chased: 350/3 (44 Overs) by England vs NZ
Lowest Defended: 195/9 (50 Overs) by WI vs England