About the Match
The t20 series between the West Indies and Pakistan was dominated by the visitors who will be looking to continue the same in the ODI series. With a possible World cup qualification place up for grabs, the West indies will want to do everything to ensure they win this series. Do they have the necessary skill and temperament to do so?
1st ODI Preview
One of the reasons that Stuart Law was brought into the West Indies setup was to try and ensure they gain an automatic qualification spot for the 2019 ODI World Cup. The top 8 ranked ODI teams at the end of September this year will qualify for the World Cup, with two other places up for grabs through a qualifier tournament.
The West Indies sit at 9th
and Pakistan at 8th
as of now, so this series carries a lot more weight than other bilateral ODI series.
Pakistan is giving opportunities to some new faces for this series as well as some that made their appearance in the t20 series. Hasan Ali is one name that really impressed during the t20 series, along with Shadab Khan and will be keenly followed during the ODI series as well.
The West Indians were unable to pick which way the ball was turning when Shadab Khan was bowling and that is why we think he is an excellent choice to be the top wicket taker for this match. The matches are going to be played in Providence, Guyana, on a pitch that has recently seen low scoring matches.
The last series played on this ground was the tri-series between Australia, South Africa and West Indies where scores of around 200 proved to be match winning. We cannot help but think that Pakistan will be favored if that is the case once more here.
For Pakistan, Ahmad Shehzad and Babar Azam will be the players to watch out for. Babar Azam has been a prolific run-scoring spree in this format of the game and is our pick to be the highest scorer for Pakistan in this match.
The West Indies have dropped t20 skipper Carlos Braithwaite and opener Kraig Braithwaite from the team for this series. This could mean an extended run for Rovman Powell as the all-rounder and Chadwick Walton at the top of the order.
Walton has scored three hundreds in his last five domestic games and even managed a hundred against England in a warm-up game. He played an attractive cameo in the fourth T20I as well and carries some good form with him.
The West Indian batting looks a little thin and a lot of hope would be placed on Evan Lewis, Chadwick Walton, Kieron Powell and Shai Hope. We would back Lewis to be the top scorer for the West Indies in this match while Devendra Bishoo, on a slow pitch, could be a handful and likely to take the most wickets for the West Indies.
Both the teams are unpredictable one-day teams and can struggle to show the temperament required to win consistently. The conditions and superior bowling attack make Pakistan the favorite to win this match, though.
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