On Wednesday, Pakistan will face the West Indies in the first of three one-day internationals at the Multan Cricket Stadium. Pakistan will enter the contest as favourites, owing largely to their recent success in the 50-over format, in which they also won a series against Australia while playing at home. The West Indies will enter the series as a slight underdog, owing to the absence of key players.
Both teams have played 134 times in the 50-over format, with the Caribbean giants holding a slight advantage with 71 wins to the Men-in-60 Green’s wins, with three matches ending in a tie.
The 1st ODI between Pakistan vs West Indies will take place on June 8th, 2022 at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
Match Details to Note
Match: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI, West Indies Tour of Pakistan 2022
Date: June 08, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30 PM IST
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Pakistan vs West Indies Team Previews
The management will be hoping that the players continue to produce similar types of performances in future games. Because the team’s last outing against the Kangaroos was historic, the management is likely to stick with the same lineup going forward.
In terms of batting, the top-order of Captain Babar Azam, in-form opening batter Imam-ul-Haq, and hard-hitting Fakhar Zaman will be expected to lay the groundwork for the likes of wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, and Iftikhar Ahmed to provide the finishing touches.
The bowling unit appears to be much stronger than it was in the Australia series, with leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz set to play in this series after missing the fixtures against the Kangaroos due to injuries.
Aside from them, the pace attack is looking good with Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Hasan Ali.
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper/batter), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zahid Mahmood
Predicted XI: Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Wasim Jnr
The Caribbean giants will be confident in their abilities after winning the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands. The management will be hoping that the players can maintain similar levels of performance against a more difficult opponent.
However, West Indies players will face a significant challenge because they will be playing in extreme conditions in Multan, where temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s.
The visitors’ batting lineup will include captain Nicholas Pooran, his deputy and wicketkeeper-batter Shai Hope, in-form Kyle Mayers, Shamarh Brooks, and hard-hitting Brandon King.
In terms of bowling, the emphasis will be on all-rounders in the pace department, with spinners Hayden Walsh and Akeal Hosein also playing important roles in conditions where pitches are likely to break due to excessive heat.
West Indies Squad
Nicholas Pooran (c), Shai Hope (wk), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Rovman Powell, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr
Predicted XI: Shai Hope (wk), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c), Brandon King, Keacy Carty, Kyle Mayers, Alzarri Joseph, Anderson Phillip, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein
Pakistan vs West Indies Toss Prediction
Both teams will be hoping to win the toss, bat first, and score more than 300 runs. The majority of one-day games at Multan have been won by the side batting second.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The first One-Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Multan Cricket Stadium.
The game’s prepared wicket could be excellent for the batting unit while providing no assistance to the bowlers. The weather forecast for Wednesday’s game is fair, with no chance of rain.
Pakistan vs West Indies Match Prediction
Both teams will be hoping to start the series on a high note, especially given that there are only three games remaining. Interestingly, this will be only the second time in the last five years that both teams will face off in the 50-over format, making it difficult for teams to know exactly what to expect from the opposition.
On paper, Pakistan appear to have a far more solid lineup than the West Indies, who are rebuilding after the departure of the senior pros.
Pakistan is the favourite to beat West Indies at the odds of 1.33.
- West Indies defeated Netherlands 3-0 in a series played in the Netherlands.
- Pakistan defeated Australia in a series earlier this year.
- In limited-overs cricket, Pakistan’s standout batsman has been Babar Azam.