Fired up Windies ready to take on the best in 2019 World Cup
It’s been a while since the West Indies have been feared as a cricketing outfit, they now find themselves in a great position to rebuild their country’s underwhelming reputation in what is set to be a huge World Cup campaign. They’ll be facing an eager Pakistani side that will also be looking to prove a point in this year’s tournament, however a 4-0 drubbing against England wasn’t exactly the ideal preparation coming into a World Cup, or was it?
The major headline coming into this particular match would have to be the Windies warm-up demolition with the bat as they piled on 421 runs against a shell-shocked New Zealand. Chris Gayle’s quick-fire 36 was followed by numerous contributions from the likes of Evin Lewis (50), Jason Holder (47), Andre Russell (54) and most-impressively Shai Hope who finished with a terrific century. Hope is the in-form batsman in this Windies line-up, he dominated the tri-nation series in Dublin where he averaged 94 from five innings to go along with his WC warm-up century against the Black Caps. This is an extremely damaging batting line-up, the chances of Pakistan nullifying each & every destroyer in this Windies line-up seems almost impossible. The likes of Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali will be working overtime to try and make regular breakthroughs.
While this Windies batting line-up could make an absolute mess of Pakistan’s bowling attack, there’s every chance that the men in green could produce a stellar batting performance given their talented-top order. Many have labelled Fakhar Zaman as a potential match-winner in this year’s World Cup, highly-skilful at his very best but lacks consistency despite averaging 51+ in ODI cricket. Imam-ul-Haq is another who has just recently burst onto the International scene in 2017, a prodigious left-hander who is averaging a tick over 60 early days into his ODI career. It’s Babar Azam who holds the key to his team’s success in this year’s World Cup though, he’s like Pakistan’s version of India’s Virat Kohli. The Windies bowling attack isn’t all that potent either, so Pakistan is just as capable of scoring plenty of runs on this Nottingham deck.
Top 4 fantasy picks – Pakistan
- Babar Azam
- Imad Wasim
- Fakhar Zaman
- Wahab Riaz
Wildcard pick – Mohammad Hafeez
Top 4 fantasy picks – West Indies
- Shai Hope
- Chris Gayle
- Andre Russell
- Jason Holder
Wildcard pick – Carlos Brathwaite
Predicted Team XI’s
Pakistan (possible) – 1. Imam-ul-Haq 2. Fakhar Zaman 3. Babar Azam 4. Mohammad Hafeez 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk) 7. Imad Wasim 8. Hasan Ali 9. Shadab Khan 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Shaheen Afridi.
West Indies (possible) – 1. Chris Gayle 2. Evin Lewis 3. Shai Hope (wk) 4. Darren Bravo 5. Shimron Hetmyer 6. Jason Holder © 7. Andre Russell 8. Carlos Brathwaite 9. Ashley Nurse 10. Kemar Roach 11. Shannon Gabriel.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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