PAK vs WI, 1st T20I: West Indies has landed in Pakistan for their limited-overs series with the first T20I scheduled to be played on December 13. West Indies will play three-match T20I series & three match ODI series against Pakistan. All games of the tour will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Pakistan will be rearing with confidence after registering a series sweep over Bangladesh in the recently concluded three-match T20I series. It was a scintillating performance for them & they will look to continue the winning momentum against West Indies as well. Pakistan has proved their mettle in the shortest format of cricket which was quite evident from their powerpack performances during the recently ended T20 World Cup 2021.
Meanwhile, West Indies will be playing their first whit ball series since the T20 World Cup 2021. After having a poor outing during the mega event they will look to bounce back to winning terms in their home series against Pakistan.
Nicholas Pooran will lead the side in the absence of Kieron Pollard who has been ruled out of the Pakistan tour due to a hamstring injury. It provides a great opportunity for Pooran to display his captaincy skills. Both teams will be keen to start the series on a winning note.
Match: PAK vs WI, 1st T20I
Date and Time: December 13th, 2021, Monday; 06:30 PM IST.
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi.
The pitch at the National Stadium is a balanced one as the new ball comes nicely onto the bat, and the batters can play their strokes freely. The surface is expected to get slower as the game progresses, assisting spinners.
The temperature in Karachi on matchday is expected to range between 12 and 27 degrees Celsius.
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir.
Brandon King, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh, Odean Smith.
Both the teams look quite a balance & should come out all blazing guns which mean a firing contest is expected in the opening T20I of the series. Considering Pakistan’s form they could have an edge over West Indies with an added advantage of home conditions. So expect Pakistan to beat West Indies in the opening game of the T20I series on Monday in Karachi.
Prediction: Pakistan to win this game.
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TV: Sony Sports Network.
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