Babar Azam averages 57.57 in T20Is against the West Indies.
Pakistan and West Indies are all set to lock horns in the first game of the four-match T20I series. The opening game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 28 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
The Caribbean unit must be high on confidence after beating Australia 4-1 in the five-match T20I series. Pakistan, on the other hand, are coming off five defeats in their last six international matches.
Babar Azam and Co need to get their act together. Barring the game against England in Nottingham where they won, the Men in Green looked out of sorts. The visitors will want to make amends at the earliest.
Match – West Indies vs Pakistan – 1st T20I
Venue – Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM Local
Where to watch live – Fancode
The venue in Barbados recently hosted the three-match ODI series between Australia and West Indies and the track wasn’t helpful for the batters. There was variable bounce and chasing wasn’t an easy task. 12 of the 17 T20Is in Barbados have been won by the team, batting first. There are chances of rain around 11 AM in the morning and hence, there could be a short delay.
Avg score: 154 (17 T20Is in Barbados)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 12, N/R – 0
Playing combination for WI vs PAK
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 (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
Probable best batsman of the match
Babar Azam– Pakistan
Babar Azam has been in decent enough form of late. In the T20I series against the Brits, he started with a knock of 85 at the Trent Bridge. Although he managed only 22 and 11 in the next two matches, he didn’t look out of sorts. Against the Caribbean team, the 26-year-old has notched 403 runs from 10 matches at an average of 57.57 with a top score of an unbeaten 97 in Karachi.
Probable best bowler of the match
Hayden Walsh Jr- West Indies
Hayden Walsh has had a tremendous run in recent times. In the five T20Is against the Aussies, the leg-spin bowler picked up as many as 11 wickets and didn’t give away many runs either. Thereafter, he notched a five-wicket haul in the ODI in Barbados, though West Indies lost the match. The tweaker will be looking to carry his form and rattle the Pakistan batters with his guile.
Today’s match prediction: The team, batting first to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.