WI vs PAK, 1st T20I

Match Preview –

West Indies will be up against Pakistan in the 1st match of a 4-match T20I series at Kensington Oval, Barbados on 28 July 2021. West Indies had a victorious run in the last T20I series against Australia. They are looking in good shape against their visitors in this series whereas Pakistan has lost their last T20I series against England. A lot will depend on Babar Azam’s leadership in this tour for Pakistan.

Pitch and Weather Report –

Pitch is balanced and is best suited for pacers. Chances of light rain with temperatures at 27-28 ° C.

Venue Stats (ODI)

Total matches                                16

Matches won batting first              9

Matches won bowling first             6

Average 1st Inns scores               150

Average 2nd Inns scores              133

Highest total recorded                   211/5 (20 Ov) by RSA vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                    81/10 (15.4 Ov) by SCO vs RSA

Highest score chased                   173/5 (19.3 Ov) by ENG vs WI

Lowest score defended                 113/5 (20 Ov) by WI vs ENG

Top 2 Wicketkeeper picks

1) Mohammed Rizwan – The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman is a dynamic player and has great experience in this format. He is in good form and has the potential to lead his team to victory in this series.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 144

Runs – 3235

Average – 38.51

2) Nicholas Pooran – The left-handed batsman is a young talent from the West Indies. He is an asset to his team.  He was brilliant behind the stumps in the last series against Australia. He is a must-pick for the upcoming match.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 181

Runs – 3340

Average – 24.02

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Fakhar Zaman – The left-handed batsman has played domestic matches skillfully and will be a wise pick for the next match. He has delivered apt batting performances in the last series against England.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 156

Runs – 3965

Average – 27.15

2) Babar Azam – The right-handed batsman is a top-order batsman player, who has great experience in this format and his stats speak for him. He is perhaps the best choice from his squad in this category, owing to his excellent form and flair in this game.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 186

Runs – 6718

Average – 45.39

3) Chris Gayle – The left-handed batsman is a hard-hitting player from the West Indies. He is one of the most experienced players in this format. He is a wise choice in this category and has played phenomenally in the last series against Australia.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 433

Runs – 14060

Average – 37.49

4) Evin Lewis – The left-handed batsman can single-handedly destroy the bowling lineup of Pakistan. He is a skillful batsman and has the potential to turn the tides of a match with ease.

Domestic T20 record

Matches – 169

Runs – 4795

Average – 30.73

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Shaheen Afridi – The left-arm fast bowler is a quick pacer who made life uncomfortable for England in the last series. He knows how to take advantage of his height to extract bounce on the docile pitches of WI.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 88

Wickets – 117

Economy – 7.73

2) Sheldon Cottrell – He is a promising fast bowler whose left-arm angle provides variety to the bowling attack. He can prove to be a trump player in the upcoming match.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 108

Wickets – 140

Economy – 7.57

3) Hayden Walsh – This leg break googly bowler has proven that he is a hard man to get away with, with subtle changes of pace and variations. He delivers consistent performance despite unsuitable playing conditions.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 43

Wickets – 52

Economy – 7.91

4) Hasan Ali – The right-arm fast-medium bowler is an accurate fast bowler with a simple bowling action and a blend of variations. His ability to strike regular middle-overs blows is a key factor to pick him in this category.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 119

Wickets – 159

Economy – 7.57

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Andre Russell – The right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler is a hard-hitting middle-order batsman. He gave phenomenal performance in the last series against Australia and is a perfect choice due to his good form in this category.

Matches – 59

Runs – 709

Average – 21.48

Wickets – 36

Economy – 9.18

2) Jason Holder – The right-handed batsman and right arm medium fast bowler is a reliable batsman and a steady medium-pacer. His experience and flair in this format will prove to be very beneficial for his team in the upcoming match.

Domestic T20 record –

Matches – 133

Runs – 1169

Average – 15.79

Wickets – 115

Economy – 5.58

3) Dwayne Bravo – The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium bowler has plenty of flair and skill both as a batsman and seam bowler. He has consistently taken wickets in the last series against England and has a lot of potential to perform well in the upcoming match.

Matches – 82

Runs – 1229

Average – 23.18

Wickets – 74

Economy – 8.12

4) Shadab Khan – The right-handed batsman and legbreak bowler is a prodigious turner of the ball. The meteoric rise in his form will be an asset for his team in this tour.

Matches – 49

Runs – 221

Average – 15.78

Wickets – 58

Economy – 7.44

Predicted Playing 11

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

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Poll Winning Percentage

West Indies – 56%

Pakistan – 44%

Source- www.cricket.com