The continuous losing streak of West Indies has disappointed their fans somewhat after developing a good repute in the International circuit as being the T20 World Champs and grabbing a series win over Zimbabwe at home. As Pakistan came to West Indies, it was though that West Indies would be a really tough side to compete for the green shirts. But, already they have lost the ODI series against Pakistan 3-1. Though, they put up some good fights in the ODI series but there were some loop holes in their performances that needed to be filled with some good ones.
Now the focus is going to shift to the shortest format of the game and we are going to see the most exciting T20s between the two sides. 1st T20 between these two cricketing nations is scheduled on 27th of July, 2013 at Kingstown. An interesting fact is that Kingstown will be making its debut as the T20 international venue.
Considering their recent performance in the T20 internationals West Indies would be expected to show some flair in the 1st T20 and give good account of their capabilities. As they are also the World Champs in this format so they’ll certainly be the favorites going into the 1st T20 on Saturday. But one must not forget that, though the format is going to change and we’ll see some face changes, Pakistan is also one of the most talented and dangerous T20 side.
- Pakistan in West Indies T20I Series
- West Indies v Pakistan
- Played at: Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent
- 27 July 2013 (20-over match)
- Hours of play (local time): 14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.20, Interval 15.20-15.40, Second Session 15.40-17.00
With the inclusion of some most promising youngsters from the domestic circuit, Pakistan would be looking to find their winning combination right from the word go. Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s T20 captain, didn’t look to comfortable in the middle in ODIs and except the knock he played in the 4th ODI he struggled all the time. But he has good reputation, of late, as the T20 no. 3 specialist. So, he can be a treat to watch if he clicks. Once he gets going, he has the capability to take the game away single handedly and play the most classic of innings.
As far as the T20 cricket is concerned, West Indies is a very experienced side. Almost all their key players are seen in the specialist role in IPL as well as other league matches in the domestic circuit. Pollard, Sammy, Gayle, Narine and Samules all were great in the IPL as well as in their recent T20 internationals. Samules and Gayle missed the T20 series against Zimbabwe in March this year because of injury but now they will be fit and part of the side on Saturday.
Sammy will be back in the captaincy role and the team will be looking to avenge the recent ODI series loss. The pitch at Kingstown is slow in nature and Narine will be of key importance for his side’s cause. Tino Best was superb with the ball in the last ODI and he’ll be full of confidence going into the first T20 and can play a vital role as far as the West Indies is concerned.
Besides Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samules will be crucial with the bat as they seemed to be in great knick in ODIs and scored in almost all the games.
No matter who’ll be the winner at the end of the day, it’s really going to be a game full of excitement and we’ll definitely see some enthralling action on 27th.