Pakistan vs. West Indies
|Date & Time||Friday May 31, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
West Indies +110 / Pakistan -138
The West Indies will play against Pakistan as both teams open their 2019 ICC World Cup campaign.
Pakistan toured England prior to this tournament and were beaten comfortably. Pakistan lost the ODI series 4-0. To make matters worse, Pakistan were also beaten by Australia in their last home series. Pakistan played one warm-up match where they were also beaten. Pakistan have lost their last 11 completed ODI matches and the team will be very low on confidence as they enter this fixture. If Pakistan are to compete, the batting will need to improve. The likes of Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have consistently been failing and it will be down to these batsmen to change their form if Pakistan are to score enough runs to compete. The bowling has lacked threat over the past few weeks but the inclusion of Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan should improve that aspect of Pakistan’s game.
On the other side of the coin, the West Indies will enter this match with great optimism. In their last home series, the West Indies played against the world number 1 team, England. It was a very good series for the West Indies as the drew 2-2. Chris Gayle was exceptional form during the England series as the opening batsman scored 424 runs in only 4 games. Gayle will be joined by the likes of Andre Russell, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer to give the West Indies a very strong batting unit. The bowling will be the concern for the West Indies as they don’t have an attacking spin option. Fabian Allen and Ashley Nurse are the only spin bowlers in the squad and neither have a good record at taking wickets in ODI cricket. It will be important for the pace bowlers like Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas to take early wickets as they are the strongest bowlers in the West Indies team.
This match is set to be played at Trent Bridge. Trent Bridge has been a good ground for batting in ODI cricket.
The conditions at Trent Bridge should favour the West Indies greatly. The West Indies have the better batsman and I don’t see Pakistan having enough talent to compete with the likes of Gayle and Russell. The West Indies have been winning lately while Pakistan have lost their last 11 games. With contrasting forms, I see the West Indies starting their campaign with a win.