WI v PAK 2017, 1st ODI Preview: Pakistan Look To Continue Domination Over Dispirited Hosts
The score line of the T20I series suggests West Indies will once again start as the minnows when they meet Pakistan in the first of the three-match ODI series at Providence.
Pakistan was on the top in the 20-over contests and will give no chances to the ‘low on confidence’ Windies side to stand on their feet again. A plain look at the both the teams reveals that the hosts have an inexperienced side as compared to the challengers, who boast of a balanced unit.
The upcoming series will also be highly important from the long-term perspective, as both the teams aim to meet automatic selection criteria for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The teams ranked in the top seven in the ICC rankings will qualify automatically along with the host England World Cup 2019 on the cut-off date, which is September 30th, 2017.
Pakistan is currently at the 8th position while West Indies are following them on 9th. The series will the beginning of a fascinating setup for both the teams racing for qualification perhaps the biggest opportunity to improve rankings, as the annual update which comes out on May 1 will cut off the baggage of the poor performances shown by both the teams in the past season.
The batting will be dependent may feel the inexperience. The batting line-up features names who are yet to prove their mettle and haven’t come up with inspiring performances. Opener Evin Lewis will seek confidence from the 91 he made in the 3rd T20I.
His batting partner Kieran Powell went through a lean patch during his comeback after three years in West Indies’ last ODI series against England. Jonathan Carter and Jason Mohammad along with all-rounders Rovman Powell and Jason Holder make up for the rest of the batting order.
West Indies, however, can count on their bowling as an advantage. The pace bowling trio led by Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Miguel Cummins are promising names capable of putting the opposition under pressure. Gabriel, especially, will be the man with everyone’s attention on him after bowling some really impressive spells against England.
While West Indies hope to put things together, Pakistan will walk in with almost the same team that thrashed them in the T20Is. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir will likely be the only change in the playing XI in squad, apart from other uncapped names like 33-year-old batsmen Asif Zakir, 23-year-old batsman Fahim Ashraf, 18-year-old left arm spinner Mohammad Asghar, and 26-year-old batsmen Fakhar Zaman.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammad, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope (WK), Ashley Nurse/ Devendra Bishoo, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph
Pakistan: Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (C/WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz
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