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Pakistan and West Indies, the two most unpredictable sides, will take on each other in their first World Cup game at the Trent Bridge, here today. No matter how unpredictable these two sides can be, on their day, they can beat any top side in the world.
Pakistan, who have lost their last 10 ODIs, didn't have the most ideal preparation for the showpiece event. At ICC tournaments, the team has 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.
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.
Today’s match will be played at Nottingham stadium, which is excellent for batting and has plenty of runs to offer. Owing to this, it would be best to pick some of the leading batsmen from both the teams.
From the West Indies team, we would suggest Simon Hetmyer, Shai Hopes and Andre Russell. They are the leading in not only the team but are some of the best in the world. Each of them have the capacity to perform under pressure, which is crucial during the world cup. To be on the safe side, it would be wise to choose Kima Roach, who is a fast bowler and will give Pakistani batters a run for their money.
As for the contenders from the east, Pakistan too have some explosive firepower in their ranks. With the likes of batsmen such as Imam Ul Haq, Shoib Malik and Babar Azam the team is certainly one that has the capability to change the outcome of the match.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab Riaz
West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas
Windies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz.