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It’s Trent Bridge, and it’s one of the most explosive sides playing at that venue against a team which seems psychologically scarred. It is West Indies vs. Pakistan and it has to be a high voltage encounter.
It will be quite a high-scoring encounter but it will depend upon who bats first. West Indies showed how explosive they can be by amassing 421 runs against New Zealand in the warm-up game. So they should be very high on confidence after that crushing win.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have a mental battle more than any thing. They will have to fight their demons to overcome a rampant Calypso Kings. They lost to Afghanistan in their 1st game and their 2nd game was washed out. The resurgence of Wahab Riaz should make them happy.
Weather: The temperatures will be cold with the sun peeking out occasionally. There is not much rain forecasted during the game.
Pitch Conditions: A flat pitch should be on offer. However the pitch accounts for very less on this ground with very small dimensions. A score of 330+ should be expected.
Probable Playing XI:
Pakistan – 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (C, Wk), 6 Asif Ali, 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali 11 Wahab Riaz
West Indies – 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Shai Hope (Wk), 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Darren Bravo, 6 Jason Holder (C), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Oshane Thomas
Pakistan have also announced their 12 players squad in advance with the likes of Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hasnain being the three to miss out. These exclusions might play a huge part in deciding the outcome. Asif Ali should slot in straight for Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim should be another player who might make the cut in the playing XI.
West Indies will stick to the same balance with a greater chance of Oshane Thomas being picked ahead of
injury stricken Shannon Gabriel.
Winner prediction: West Indies