Pakistan have had some poor outings ahead of World Cup 2019 and will be looking for redemption against the West Indies.
will hope to draw motivation from their Champions Trophy 2017 triumph and start their World Cup 2019 on a positive note against a power-hitting West Indies side at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. Pakistan were beaten by minnows Afghanistan in the warm-up game, while the Windies indicated goal by scoring more than 400 keeps running in the warm-up game against New Zealand. On the off chance that Pakistan have a blend of understanding and youthful ability in their positions, Windies have control hitters who can irritate any restriction on a given day.
Pakistan and West Indies, two most unpredictable sides, will take on each other in their first cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday. Much to Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan’s relief, frontline paceman Mohammad Amir has been declared fit and he is likely to feature in Pakistan’s playing 11.
Pakistan have lost their previous ten One-day Internationals (ODI) including a 5-0 whitewash by Australia and 4-0 pounding by England and their issues were additionally intensified when they went down to pariahs Afghanistan by three wickets in a warm-up match.
Jason Holder-led West Indies made the intentions clear right from their warm-up fixture against New Zealand where the Caribbeans scored a massive 421 runs on the other hand Pakistan were stunned by Afghanistan in their warm up match and their second, against Bangladesh, was washed out without a ball bowled.
In any case, captain Sarfraz Ahmed trusts his side will draw motivation from when they were in a comparable position in 2017.
Pakistan had lost 4-1 in Australia before the competition and most despised opponents India whipped them by 124 keeps running in the opening round of the Trophy.
Pakistan, who have lost their last 10 ODIs including a 5-0 whitewash by Australia and 4-0 thumping by England, didn’t have the most ideal preparation for the showpiece event.
Pakistan have only won three times in 10 World Cup matches against the two-time world champions, including a thumping 150-run loss at Christchurch in 2015.
Plenty of cloud cover is forecast, so the temperature is likely to be cool. The Nottingham pitch is expected to be favourable for batting so teams would expect big total.
Pakistan at ICC tournaments have traditionally been a notch above what they are at other times and this is what Sarfaraz Ahmad, the Pakistan skipper and the cricket fans would be hoping for.
Pakistan have the likes of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman who are in great form. And in their bowling department, they have the likes of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali who can wreak havoc on any batting line-up in the world.
The only thing that they need to be wary off is their fielding which has let them down in the past and can prove costly in this tournament, too.
In any case, Pakistan at that point beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and England on their way to the last, where they pounded India by 180 runs.
Sarfraz will likewise trust his lead Mohammad Amir – playing his first World Cup subsequent to missing the 2011 and 2015 versions because of a spot-fixing boycott – will disassemble the West Indies top request flaunting hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle and the noteworthy Shai Hope.
Amir’s structure will be significant for Pakistan – he has taken only five wickets in 15 matches since his match-winning three wickets against India in the Champions Trophy last.
Pakistan have just won multiple times in 10 World Cup matches against the double cross title holders, including a pounding 150-run misfortune at Christchurch in 2015.
Andre Russell crushed a 13-ball 42 with four sixes and afterward accepting three wickets as Pakistan were overwhelmed.
Russell crushed 54 off 25 balls and Hope hit a century to push the West Indies to 421 in their warm-up win against New Zealand on Tuesday.
That incited all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite to state his group can break the 500-hindrance.
Windies are likewise coming back to frame in the wake of sneaking their way into the World Cup through a passing round in Zimbabwe a year ago.
They squared a one-day arrangement against top-positioned side and pre-competition top choices England 2-2 at home prior this prior year losing the last of a tri-arrangement to Bangladesh in Ireland.
West Indies, on the other hand, have been in good form in the recent times. They held tournament favourites England to a stalemate at home earlier this year. They also boast of having the big power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shai Hope in their batting line-up which can explode against any opposition and make a mockery of their bowling attack.
After having their first warm-up game against South Africa washed out, Windies showed glimpses of their power hitting by scoring 421 runs in their last warm-up game against New Zealand.
Their bowling is slightly on the weaker side, but with a solid pool of all-rounders, they have several options. And if the batsmen show up in the mood that they did against the Black Caps, they’re going to have plenty to play with.
Pakistan: Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain.
Windies: Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel sub
Match begins at 3:00 pm IST