West Indies vs Pakistan Match Preview: Pakistan will square up against West Indies in the first of the four-match T20I series on 28th July at Kensington Oval in Barbados. West Indies team are coming off a morale-boosting 4-1 win against Australia in their last T20 assignment. They crushed the Australian cricket team, winning 4 out of 5 games in the series.
On the other hand, Pakistan hasn’t had a lot of success in T20 cricket in the recent past. They lost their last T20 series 2-1 against England. With T20 World Cup coming ahead, they would be keen to rectify their weakness and build a strong T20 team. Skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will be the players to watch out for. Both are in exemplary form and would look to carry on their good run in the shortest format. He was the leading run-getter in the T20 series against England, scoring 177 runs in 3 games at an average of 59.
With the ball, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali would be their biggest bets. Both will be key to Pakistan’s fortune in the series. Afridi finished as Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker in the series, claiming 4 wickets in 3 games at an average of 18.50.
West Indies put on an all-round show with both bat and ball against Australia. Every game saw someone turning up with a match-winning knock. Pakistan bowlers have to bowl extremely well to stop the carnage from West Indies in the series. With the ball, Hayden Wash starred for the team. He claimed 11 wickets in the series in 5 games. Besides, he also took a five-wicket haul in the ODI series which followed thereafter. In a major boost to the team, ODI skipper Kieron Pollard will make a comeback in the T20I team after missing out on the previous T20I series.
West Indies vs Pakistan Head-to-Head:
- Total – 14 matches
- West Indies – 3 wins
- Pakistan – 11 wins
West Indies vs Pakistan Predicted XI
West Indies: 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
Pakistan: 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