About the Match
There was a time when name was enough for West Indies. They were dominant, not due to their bowling only, but with their batting too. The Caribbean side is getting back into action; first they won ICC World T20 and now they have a chance in Champions Trophy. Their first challenge would be a very unpredictable, but a strong Pakistan side. This match would be played on 7th June 2013 at 9:30am GMT at The Oval. Pakistan has reached the knockouts thrice, but is still looking for a trophy to their name. West Indies, on the contrary, won the tournament last time it was held in England in 2004 under the captaincy of Brian Lara. This match would be very crucial as the remaining games for both the teams would be very tough: against India and South Africa.
Pakistan’s stay in this part of the long has been considerably long now which would have helped them to get adjusted to the English conditions. Their team looks slightly inexperienced with only Hafeez, Akmal and Misbah being the players with reasonable experience behind their back. They have an excellent bunch of young guys who can win the match on their own. Junaid Khan and Asad Ali form the heart of the bowling attack with Ajmal assisting them with the spin. Although their pace attack hasn’t played many games, its performance has been remarkable. Nasir Jamshed looks are fine young batsman who has scored well against India. Overall, Pakistan is a well-balanced side with their bowling being their major weapon.
Not long ago, West Indies surprised one and all after winning T20 World Cup. Although they come into this tournament as the lowest rank side, underestimating them is the biggest mistake anyone would make. West Indies is a team that plays with a lot of freedom, courage and flair. With batsmen like Chris Gayle and Kieren Pollard in their squad, any bowler would feel a little reluctant to bowl. Their team is full of genuine all-rounders with Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy as their trump card. Bravo was the man with the purple cap in the IPL and is brilliant with the bat too. Sammy played a major role in Sunrisers Hyderabad qualification for the playoffs. Sunil Narine is likely to trouble any side with his subtle variations in spin bowling. With batsmen who can clear the ropes at will and bowling with plenty of options, the team from Caribbean Islands is a dangerous side.
Pakistan did pretty well against South Africa in their warm-up match
. Their bowlers were fantastic early on and their batsmen planned the chase pretty well. West Indies did good to win against Sri Lanka, but lost easily to Australia. It would be a game between West Indies’ batting and Pakistan bowling and Chris Gayle’s innings might play a pivotal role. Pakistan’s batting, on the other hand, looks a little brittle. With free flowing batsmen and clever bowling lineup, the men from West Indies are more likely to win this contest.
West Indies, 2.00 @ William Hill
The opening pair of Pakistan hasn’t got going right from the day they arrived in this part of the world. In addition to that, they’ve been scoring pretty slowly at the top of the order. On the contrary, with Chris Gayle opening for the West Indies, quick flow of the runs is definitely on the cards. Considering above two factors, the following bet should be +EV.
Team to Make Highest 1st 15 Overs Score:
West Indies, 1.80 @ William Hill