About the Match
After a dismal away series in England, Pakistan gears up for the long series against West Indies that starts with the 1st T20 match at Dubai on 23rd September. The visitors had recently enjoyed a successful series against India back at home and will be eager to dominate against Pakistan across different formats but with T20 being their forte, West Indies definitely can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with. Pakistan, on the other hand, put up a dismal show in T20s against the English during the summer and will be determined to go back to their winning ways.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, who had performed consistently well in the recently concluded National T20 League, will lead the side and can help stabilize the innings from the middle-order. He will have a squad consisting of batsmen like Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Khalid Latif and Babar Azam. All-rounders like Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Saad Nasim and Imad Wasim can surely help keep the runs coming.
The bowling department has spinners like Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik, who have regularly taken wickets to stifle the opposition and can repeat the task here. Speedsters Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, the experienced Sohail Tanvir, Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali can pack a punch with their pace skills and they can combine well to keep an upper hand on the visitors.
After emerging as a No.1 test side, Pakistan has the motivation to show that they can be a consistent side when it comes to T20 and ODI format; with an in-form bowling attack and a deep batting line-up, the hosts surely look to be a tough nut to crack here.
The young Carlos Brathwaite will don the captain’s hat in the T20 format and will try to lead the side from the front; he can be a maverick on the field when it comes to hitting the big runs and will surely look forward to making life difficult for the Pakistani pacers. Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Johnson Charles, Dwayne Bravo and Jason Holder have the required experience of featuring in important games for the nation and they add depth to the batting.
Bowlers like Sunil Narine, who are dreaded by batsmen the world over, bring their spin tactics to the team while the experienced Samuel Badree can provide vital assistance when it comes to taking wickets. They have several options in fast-bowling with players like Jason Holder, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams and Jerome Taylor; all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite and Dwayne Bravo bring variety to the attack and they can strategize well to cause upsets in the Pakistani camp.
Overall, they are a confident unit that will take the responsibility of living up to their champion status very seriously here; with hard-hitting batsmen, spin specialists, and wicket-taking pacemen, the Windies can put up a stiff challenge to Pakistan in their own backyard.
Pakistan has done well in T20 formats and with most players having featured in the National T20 league recently, they are an in-form team; however, West Indies too have shown their mettle at winning close T20 contests. Pakistan have recently beaten England rather comprehensively and looking at their bowling, they seem better placed to emerge victorious on Friday