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World Cup 2019: West Indies look to muscle Pakistan in a clash of unpredictable teams

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: West Indies look to muscle Pakistan in a clash of unpredictable teamsPakistan and West Indies will take on each other in their 1st World Cup game at Trent Bridge. No matter how unpredictable these two sides can be, on their day, they can beat any top side in the world.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 09:57 IST Pakistan will take on West Indies in Match 2 of world Cup 2019 (AP)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan lost their last 10 ODIs and lost to Afghanistan in their warm-up gameWest Indies have been in good form in the recent times and have a boost of power hittersWindies’ bowling and Pakistan’s fielding are on the weaker endPakistan and West Indies, the two most unpredictable sides, will take on each other in their first World Cup game at the Trent Bridge, here on Friday.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. They lost to Afghanistan in their first warm-up game and their second, against Bangladesh, was washed out without a ball bowled.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 has 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, has been in good form in recent times. They held tournament favorites 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.advertisementAfter 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.SquadsPakistan: 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 RiazWest 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 ThomasAlso Read | BCCI suspends Rinku after letting off Pathan, Anuj with warningAlso Read | Mohammad Amir doubtful for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against West IndiesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sarfaraz AhmadFollow Jason HolderFollow Shadab KhanFollow Shoaib MalikFollow Babar AzamFollow Haris SohailFollow Imad WasimFollow Mohammad AmirFollow Mohammad HasnainFollow Shaheen AfridiFollow Wahab RiazFollow Fabian AllenFollow darren bravoFollow Shannon GabrielFollow Shimron HetmyerFollow Evin LewisFollow Nicholas PooranFollow Andre RussellFollow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Sheldon CottrellFollow Chris GayleFollow Shai HopeFollow Ashley NurseFollow Kemar RoachFollow Oshane ThomasFollow Fakhar ZamanFollow Hasan AliFollow Imam-ul-HaqFollow Mohammad Hafeez Ganaielast_img

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