Pakistan have mostly dominated West Indies in the T20 format.
After the T20I series against South Africa and Australia, West Indies are set to face Pakistan in a four-match series in the 20-over format. Having won six out of their last 10 T20Is, the Caribbean team is high on confidence.
The hosts also beat the Aaron Finch-led Australia 4-1 in the five-match series. Kieron Pollard and Co sealed the fate of the series, taking a 3-0 lead. West Indies might not be in the top half of the ICC rankings, but with some of their big names back, they look like a formidable unit.
With the T20 World Cup approaching, the Caribbean team looks like a power-packed unit without a doubt. Pakistan, on the other hand, are coming off a 1-2 series defeat at the hands of England.
After winning the opening T20I at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, they lost the other two games. As far as the first T20I versus the hosts are concerned, the pitch won’t be an easy one for batting by any means.
Playing combination for WI vs PAK
Evin Lewis has been excellent of late in limited-overs cricket, having also scored a fifty in the third ODI against the Aussies. Lendl Simmons has also been able to take his team off to flying starts. In the bowling department, Hayden Walsh Jr picked up 11 wickets in the Australia T20Is and should be high on confidence. The onus will also be on the likes of Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and others.
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy
Bench: Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas
Babar Azam averages above 57 against the West Indies in 10 T20Is and he needs to be on top of his game. Mohammad Rizwan has also tasted quite a bit of success in the last nine months or so. The middle-order needs to show a bit of consistency. In the bowling area, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali have to perform. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, the two spinners, have to play their roles as well.
Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Bench: Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
WI vs PAK Head-to-Head
Played – 14 | West Indies – 3 | Pakistan – 11 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
In West Indies
Played – 7 | West Indies – 2 | Pakistan – 5 | N/R – 0 | Tie- 0
WI vs PAK Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 07:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM Local
Live Streaming– Fancode