Pakistan face West Indies in three-match T20I series starting from Sunday
Pakistan and West Indies are ready to fight it out in an historic three-match T20I series starting from Sunday in Karachi.The series will be of immense importance as it will see the return of international cricket in Pakistan’s largest city after a gap of nine years.
Karachi will host all the three matches in consecutive days and will become the country’s second city after Lahore to host a major international team in the recent past.The series will be a second massive cricketing event in the city in the last two weeks after Pakistan Super League (PSL) third edition’s final between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, which took place on March 25.
The home side will go into the series as strong favourites because of two reason; one – because the team reclaim the top sport in the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20I ranking after beating New Zealand 2-1 in a three-match series in January on their home soil, second – because the visitors side is considerably weaker.
In the batting department, the hosts will be depending on the experience of veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik and young Babar Azam to provide stability in the middle of the innings, whereas opener Fakhar Zaman will be responsible for providing a flying start at the top of the innings.
It will be interesting to see how the team management will use the new inductees – Hussain Talat and Asif Ali in the team, both of whom joined the team on the back of impressive performances during PSL3.In the bowling department, only two out of Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari and Shaheen Shah Afridi will join Hasan Ali as the front three pacers, whereas Shadab Khan will lead the spin attack.
On the other hand, Windies will be depending on the experience of Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin in the batting department, whereas leg-spinner Samuel Badree will lead an inexperience bowling attack.
Pakistan vs West Indies Schedule
1st T20 – Pakistan vs West Indies
Sunday, Apr 1, 2018, at 15:00 GMT
2nd T20- Pakistan vs West Indies
Monday, Apr 2, 2018, at 14:30 GMT
3rd T20 – Pakistan vs West Indies
Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018, at 14:30 GMT