West Indies has only played one match in the World Cup but finds itself on the verge of elimination from the tournament. All this courtesy of the loss at the hands of an associate team called Ireland. Ireland was too good for West Indies in the batting department as they ran away with the match quite easily in the second innings. There have been too many problems for West Indies even before the start of the World Cup when two of their best limited overs players, Dwayne bravo and Kieron Pollard were omitted from the World Cup squad. The troubles for the however did not end there as Narine had to pullout to avoid being banned for a suspect action. Every match that West Indies plays from here on is like a knockout match.
Pakistan on the other hand lost to India for the sixth time in World Cup history. The defeat would be demoralizing but they are under less pressure now. They will also be happier playing against a weaker side in the form of West Indies to get some momentum going. The absence of Ajmal definitely hurt the team but there is still some hope for him to play the tournament. Ajmal’s bowling action has been cleared but he will not play unless there is an injury in the squad. His inclusion will certainly improve the bowling attack of Pakistan.
Pakistan batsmen will have to play with more patience against West Indies. They started off well against India but none of the batsmen other than captain Misbah could play for a long duration. Harris Sohail showed potential with his batting and he will be a key player at the top of the order. The batting form of Afridi still is a concern but he will be crucial with the bowl.
West Indies need to start off well at the top of the order so a good knock from Gayle can put the Pakistani bowlers under pressure. The best way for West Indies to pick up a win is to chase down a total. Gayle and Simmons will be the key players for their side. The bowling looked listless in the first match against Ireland so that is a key area of improvement. Jason Holder will have to be more attacking and take wickets as he is the best bowler in the team right now. Pakistan will also be under a lot of pressure if they lose this match so they will certainly play with more discipline in this game. There are more chances of Pakistan winning this game than West Indies at current form.
Pakistan – 1.87 @ Bovada