West Indies, who are going through a transition, will have a massive task on their hand taking on a Pakistan side who will be confident of putting up a good showing in their own backyard. The first of the three-match T20I series will kick off on December 13 (Monday) at the National Stadium in Karachi.
West Indies are already without their influential skipper Kieron Pollard, the preparations have been hit by a roadblock with Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, and Kyle Mayers testing positive for COVID. The onus will now be on skipper Nicholas Pooran who will be tasked with not only leading the side but also guiding an inexperienced Windies touring party.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will look to continue their superlative momentum from the T20 World Cup which was followed by a 3-0 whitewash of Bangladesh away from home. The likes of Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, and Asif Ali have led the batting front while Hasan Ali has shouldered the responsibility of the pace attack alongside Shaheen Afridi.
Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st T20I
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Date & Time: December 13th at 6:30 PM IST
It is expected to be a batting wicket in Karachi with the bowlers having a hard time.
Pakistan vs West Indies – Predicted Playing XI
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani
West Indies: Shai Hope, Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Rovman Powell, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Oshane Thomas
Pakistan vs West Indies – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Nicholas Pooran (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Darren Bravo, Babar Azam (vc), Haider Ali, Rovman Powell, Shadab Khan, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Haris Rauf
Fantasy Team 2: Nicholas Pooran, Mohammad Rizwan (c), Babar Azam, Brandon King, Rovman Powell (vc), Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf