ICC World Cup 2019 – Match 2 – West Indies vs Pakistan, Preview, Probable XI, Head to Head Record, Injury update

In a match-up like West Indies vs Pakistan, only one word can explain this tie – Unpredictable. With Pakistan, you never know what to expect from the team. They can lose from the easiest of the positions or just totally outwit their opponents and win comprehensively. With West Indies, we know one thing for sure, if their batsmen click, we are in for a treat. They just showed their capabilities in a warm-up match against New Zealand, scoring 421 runs without even completing their full quota of 50 overs. At times, they just implode and get out for paltry scores. Therefore these two unpredictable teams playing each other make it an extremely fun event.

West Indies are coming in to the tournament after a great series against the No.1 side in the world, England. With the likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell back in the side, the team looks much better. Both of them have been in an incredibly rich vein of form and would be eager to continue that form in the world cup. Gayle, playing his last world cup, would be extra motivated to perform and we all know if he does show up, he will set the tournament on fire. West Indies do not possess the same quality in the bowling department with Kemar Roach being the only experienced bowler in the line-up, and even he doesn’t seem to be a regular starter in the team.

Speaking of Pakistan, for the first time in their history, their batting department looks better than their bowling department. With the young guns like Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, the top order looks settled. The only debate would be whether to go with the veterans, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the middle order or go for Harris Sohail. With bowlers like Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz back in the squad, the bowling too looks good but both of them haven’t played too many games in the international circuit recently.

With both teams lacking a bit in the bowling department, it should be a high-scoring affair. For Pakistan, it would be a challenge to contain the dangerous batting side of West Indies and for the Windies, the challenge would be to play to their potential and not bundle out easily.

Pakistan have a good balance of batsmen in Imam, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman, but their bowling looks a bit off due to the lack of match fitness for Amir and Wahab Riaz. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Probable Playing XI:

West Indies:

Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmeyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Braithwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell.

Pakistan:

Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C) (WK), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi.

Pitch Report:

Trent Bridge is like paradise for batsmen because of its short boundaries. It is a high-scoring ground with two 400+ totals and eleven 300+ totals posted here in recent times. The top two team scores in the history of cricket have both come in this very ground. The ideal scenario would be to bat first and bat the opposition out of the match. However, since the pitch stays true to its nature throughout, the teams may decide according to their strengths.

Head-to-Head record:

Matches WI won PAK won Tied NR
133 70 60 3 0

Last 5 ODI games:

Date: 11/4/17

West Indies – 233/9, Pakistan – 236/6

PAK won by 4 wickets

Date: 9/4/17

Pakistan – 282/5, West Indies – 208

PAK won by74 runs

Date: 7/4/17

Pakistan – 308/5, West Indies – 309/6

WI won by 4 wickets

Date: 5/10/16

Pakistan – 308/6, West Indies – 172

PAK won by 136 runs

Date: 2/10/16

Pakistan – 337/5, West Indies – 278/7

PAK won by 59 runs

Injury Update:

Both teams are going in with full and fit squads into the World Cup. There are no injury or fatigue concerns for the West Indies even though most of their players were busy playing in IPL 2019. Pakistan on the other hand have two players in Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz who haven’t had much international cricket in recent times.

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