Cricket in Pakistan suffered a setback when both New Zealand and England abruptly withdrew from the series they were scheduled to play against Pakistan just before the T20I World Cup. After a spectacular performance in the World Cup in the UAE, Pakistan welcomed the West Indies to host a lengthy tour, which they have begun on a high note.
Pakistan has the upper hand after winning the second T20I of the series, and will be looking to complete a clean sweep in this shortest format of the game. West Indies, on the other hand, will be looking to salvage some pride with a win in the series’ final T20I.
The two teams will meet in a few days at the National Stadium in Karachi on December 16, 2021. Even though Pakistan has been by far the superior team, the West Indies, with their firepower, should not be underestimated. This series has the potential to end on a high note, with a cracker of a match on the horizon.
Match Details to Note
Match: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd T20I, West Indies Tour of Pakistan, 2021
Date: December 16, 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Pakistan vs West Indies Team Previews
Pakistani team will enter the third T20I with high confidence after clinching the series with relative ease. The management will be hoping that the players can finish the series in the same manner that they did in the first two games. Because Thursday’s game has no bearing on the series’ outcome, the Men in Green are likely to put their bench to the test and rest some key players.
Leg-spinner Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Hasnain, and Khushdil Shah are expected to replace Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Fakhar Zaman.
However, the management will be concerned about the form of captain Babar Azam, who failed in the second T20I as well. This failure meant that the right-hander went six innings without scoring a half-century for the third time in T20Is.
The coaching staff will be hoping that the star batter can regain his form in time for the crucial three-match ODI series.
The Green Caps will rely on in-form wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan, exciting Haider Ali, experienced Iftikhar Ahmed, and hard-hitting Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah to score the majority of the runs in the batting department.
On the bowling front, pacers Mohammad Wasim Jr, Hasnain, and Dahani, as well as spin duo Qadir and Mohammad Nawaz, will be expected to dismantle the opposition’s batting lineup.
Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
Predicted XI: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Khushdil Shah and Shahnawaz Dahani
Despite suffering a series defeat, West Indies will enter the third T20I with confidence, owing largely to the fact that most of their players are inexperienced, but they managed to push the home team in the previous match, where they were defeated by a narrow margin.
In the batting department, the Caribbean giants will rely heavily on captain Nicholas Pooran, in-form Brandon King, wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope, and hard-hitting Rovman Powell to score the majority of the runs and provide something for the bowlers to bowl with.
On the bowling front, the onus will be on pacers Oshane Thomas, Romario Shepherd, and Odean Smith, as well as the spin duo of Hayden Walsh and Akeal Hosein, to claim timely breakthroughs and limit the opposition to a manageable total.
West Indies Squad
Shai Hope, Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran(w/c), Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Devon Thomas
Predicted XI: Shai Hope, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Shamarh Brooks, Rovman Powell, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Dominic Drakes, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas
Pakistan vs West Indies Toss Prediction
In both previous matches, the team that won the toss chose to field. While the outcome did not go their way, the decision at the coin toss was unassailable. Fielding first is the more viable option due to the presence of dew and recent records in this format. Given that the team batting first has won both matches in the series, batting first is a tempting option. Having said that, due to the presence of dew and other factors, winning the toss and bowling first is more practical. For these reasons, we anticipate that the captain who wins the toss will field first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Despite the fact that the series has only been a couple of matches, the first and second match batting first scores were 200 and 172, respectively. Despite the fact that the surface has slowed a little, it is still likely to be an excellent wicket to bat on. A pleasant day with a clear sky means that the weather is ideal for playing cricket. Dew will be a factor because it is a day-night match. Spinners and seamers have both had a good time here, and we expect the same in this upcoming match. A total of 170 runs will be about par here, and the team batting first will want to score at least 10 more.
Pakistan vs West Indies Match Prediction
The first two matches went exactly as many predicted, with a full-strength Pakistan team proving too strong for a young and inexperienced West Indies team.
Even though the second match went down to the wire and some changes are expected for the third T20I, the home team is still expected to be too strong for the opposition at the same venue.
Pakistan is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.20.
- Mohammad Rizwan, Haider Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Shadab Khan all delivered outstanding performances for Pakistan in the second T20I against the West Indies.
- Pakistan defeated West Indies in the second T20I by a narrow margin.
- In a losing cause, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Brandon King, and Akeal Hosein all put in solid performances.
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