West Indies is now in the midst of a hectic cricket schedule, which must be taxing for the players. The ODI series against Australia has just concluded, and the T20 series against Pakistan will begin in less than a day. Many of the players that appeared in the ODI series will also appear in the T20 format.
Pakistan had been in the Caribbean for quite some time and would have had plenty of time to relax and heal following its dismal tour of England. This T20 series is crucial since the T20 World Cup 2021 is only a few months away.
The West Indies and Pakistan are unquestionably contenders for the championship. We believe there will be lots of betting possibilities to take advantage of in this match and series.
On July 28, 2021, the match will be contested at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Match Details to Note
Match: WI vs PAK, 1st T20I, Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2021
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
West Indies vs Pakistan Previews
Team West Indies defeated Australia in their previous T20 series (4-1) and has left no question about the challenge it will present in the World T20 2021. Not only is its batting powerful and full of spectacular six-hitters, but its bowling appears to have developed significantly as well.
Except for three players who batted in the series against Australia, all had strike rates of greater than 120, with some nearing or above 200. In total, the West Indies batters struck 58 sixes during the series. Remember, the West Indies were up against a full-strength Australia bowling outfit.
We recommend keeping a watch on the betting markets for Total Sixes, Most Sixes, and West Indies Sixes. These may be highly beneficial against a side with a weak batting order, such as Pakistan.
With 12 wickets, Hayden Walsh was the cream of the bowlers in the series, but he was not the only one who had success. Dwayne Bravo was outstanding in the death overs, Obed McCoy has elevated his game, and even Andre Russell was able to pick up wickets continuously.
While the West Indies may be exhausted after playing so many cricket games in the previous few days, it does have a handful of players who exclusively play T20 cricket to help spread the burden.
West Indies T20I Squad
Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Fidel Edwards, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh
In recent months, Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons have been in terrific form. Pooran, Pollard, and Gayle all enjoyed their fair share of success, while Andre Russell has demonstrated his ability to cause havoc. Hayden Walsh Jr. took 11 wickets in the T20Is against Australia and will need to be at his best.
Predicted XI: 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 lost its previous series against England and has some lineup issues to work out. The obvious one is to address the intermediate order problem. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam are outstanding, certainly among the greatest in the world in this format, but the rest of the batting order is in shambles.
Rizwan scored 176 runs at an average of 88 versus England. This year, his total T20 average has been close to 100! Babar Azam recorded an 85-run inning but struggled in the subsequent contests. Aside from these two, no one else was able to achieve anything noteworthy with the bat.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, and Azam Khan have all performed admirably for Pakistan or in the PSL, but their recent form has been dubious. They will be competing for their positions, therefore they may not be able to play as freely as necessary.
The bowling assault is one area where Pakistan may have a little edge. The surface in Barbados was highly spin-friendly, which is ideal for Pakistan. Imad Wasim, Usman Qadir, and Shadab Khan are all possible starters. They may wreak disaster if the surface begins to change.
Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi are also excellent bowlers who can adapt to a variety of situations.
Pakistan T20I Squad
Babar Azam (c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sohaib Maqsood
In 2018, Babar Azam averaged over 57 in 10 T20Is against the home team, with the best score of an undefeated 97. Mohammad Rizwan has also been outstanding during the previous nine months or so. Shaheen and Hasan Ali continue to be important bowling players. It will also be intriguing to watch how far Shadab and Imad can turn from the surface.
Predicted XI: 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
West Indies vs Pakistan Toss Prediction
The side that wins the toss may elect to bat first. Setting a target on a slow wicket may be difficult, and knowing what to shoot for is a huge benefit.
West Indies vs Pakistan Pitch and Conditions
The weather in Barbados is forecast to be overcast, with a chance of rain. Hopefully, it isn’t so terrible that it necessitates lengthy breaks or a reduction in the number of overs played. During the ODI series against Australia, the playing surface in Barbados was highly spin-friendly, and Kieron Pollard described it as unfit for international cricket.
We are confident that the Pakistani squad will welcome the opportunity to begin their trip on a spin-friendly track.
All things considered, a score of about 150 may be quite good.
West Indies vs Pakistan Match Prediction
There is no denying that the West Indies have a more powerful batting lineup. The lineup has more six-hitting potential, greater power, and even more depth. The way players react to the sluggish surface will be critical to the result of this match. Pakistan’s bowling would be a major concern, and the visitors should not be underestimated.
Nonetheless, given the West Indian team’s recent T20 results and the improvement in its bowling, we believe it has enough to win this match.
Team West Indies are the favorite to win.