Rain has mostly dominated proceedings and it may not be any different even in the fourth game.
The T20I series between Pakistan and West Indies have been a damp squib thus far. Out of three games, two matches were washed off. In the previous game, a mere 1.2 overs were possible after which rain interrupted proceedings.
It also took away the Caribbean team’s chance of winning the T20I series. The fourth and final game of the series is set to take place on Tuesday, August 3. Pakistan, having won the second game, are leading the series 1-0.
Babar Azam and Co. had a torrid time on their tour of England and they will be looking to get past the West Indies before the Test series gets underway.
Match – West Indies vs Pakistan – 4th T20I
Venue – Providence Stadium, Guyana
Time – 08:30 PM IST, 11:00 AM Local
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in the second T20I had everything for everyone. Babar and Nicholas Pooran showed that batting wasn’t a tough task. Mohammad Hafeez got the Player of the Match award for his stupendous spell and Jason Holder got four wickets. The track isn’t expected to change much. There are chances of rain at around 9 AM and hence, another shortened game may be on the cards.
Avg score: 139 (9 T20Is in Guyana)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 3, N/R – 2
Playing combination for WI vs PAK
Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Akeal Hosein
Bench: Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cottrell, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Obed McCoy, Romario Shepherd, Fidel Edwards
Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Usman Qadir
Bench: Usman Qadir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Sohaib Maqsood
WI vs PAK Head-to-Head
Played – 17 | West Indies – 3 | Pakistan – 12 | N/R – 2 | Tied- 0
In West Indies
Played – 10 | West Indies – 2 | Pakistan – 6 | N/R – 2 | Tie- 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Babar Azam– Pakistan
Babar Azam has been a fulcrum of Pakistan batting in the last five years or so. He knows the art of taking responsibility and takes calculated risks in his knocks. In the second game, he scored a priceless half-century and helped his team to a competitive total. The 26-year-old Lahore-born will be looking to replicate something similar even next time around.
Probable best bowler of the match
Hayden Walsh Jr- West Indies
Hayden Walsh Jr has been a revelation for the West Indies in ODIs and T20Is. In the last 30 days or so, he has been amongst the wickets. He picked up 11 wickets against Australia and went away with the Player of the Series. In the second T20I against Pakistan, he couldn’t get a wicket, but he didn’t allow the opposition batters to run away with the game.
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.