Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Preview & Predictions: Pakistan tour of West Indies 2021

Whenever Pakistan and West Indies have come together for a match, the fans know that it’s going to be a battle of the titans. After all, this is what happens when the world-class bowlers and batsmen of two top teams come together in a fight to bring home the trophy. At present, the forms of both the teams are comparable, which makes their upcoming matches even more interesting to watch.

The Current Form of WI and PAK

Given below is a look at the current form of both the teams as per the last five T20I, with the most recent one put in first.

West Indies:
L-W-L-W-W

Pakistan:
W-L-L-W-W

The Players in the Spotlight

Though Chris Gayle scored a smashing 67 runs against Australia, his record against Pakistan is a rather dismal one – 7, 16, and 1*. In the last year, his average stood at 16.53, which involved a strike rate of 115, with only a half-century in as many as fifteen T20Is. The T20 scores don’t look too good, as well. He has been a part of twenty-five innings this year, which led to an average of 22.72 at the strike rate of 130.20. The last time when his average was below 25 in T20Is was more than ten years back. It’s time to consider whether he is a strength or a weakness for the team.

On the other hand, Pakistan needs to seriously reconsider its lower and middle order. In their last T20, they could have easily managed to move past 180. However, even with a long lineup of batsmen, they had merely 23 runs in their last 4 overs. Maqsood is a powerhouse at the top order, but coming in at number seven gives him a major setback. Hafeez and Zaman are not reliable with their performances. Pinch-hitting capabilities of Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan change are better at T20s than T20Is.

The Probable XI for the Upcoming Matches

West Indies:
The usual openers for the team are both nursing major injuries. Evin Lewis got retired hurt in the second T20 match against Pakistan, and Lendl Simmons suffered an injury in the first. Thus, Gayle might be the opener for the match, alongside Andrew Fletcher.

The Team

  • Chris Gayle
  • Andre Fletcher
  • Nicholas Pooran (wk)
  • Kieron Pollard (capt)
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Jason Holder
  • Andre Russell
  • Dwayne Bravo
  • Romario Shepherd
  • Akeal Hosein
  • Hayden Walsh

Pakistan:
Haris Rauf will probably stay in the XI after he came in as a replacement for Shaheen Shah Afridi for the last match. Also, Azam Khan might also be a part of the team if the medical team gives him clearance.

The Team

  • Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
  • Babar Azam (capt)
  • Sharjeel Khan
  • Mohammad Hafeez
  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Sohaib Maqsood
  • Hasan Ali
  • Shadab Khan
  • Usman Qadir
  • Mohammad Wasim
  • Haris Rauf

Wrapping Up

If both the teams make the necessary changes to their squad, they can make themselves even stronger. Thus, a match between them will be even more exciting to watch for all the cricket fans out there.

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