West Indies v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 6, 2013

Windies seek to revive Oval memories

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Match facts

Friday, June 7, The Oval
Start time 9.30am GMT

Big Picture

West Indies have fond memories of playing in the Champions Trophy, famously winning the tournament in 2004 at The Oval, the venue where they will be beginning their campaign on Friday. Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, and Ramnaresh Sarwan played that game almost nine years ago and are part of a side that can go all the way in this competition. West Indies seemed to gel well under the leadership of Darren Sammy, who led them to the World Twenty20 title, but poor returns in the ODI format meant Bravo was appointed his replacement as captain in 50-over cricket. This Champions Trophy will be his first major assignment, starting against opponents who have consistently been strong contenders in ICC tournaments.

Even though Pakistan are missing players who've been key members of their side in the past, and just barely managed to beat Ireland ahead of the Champions Trophy warm-ups, they've grown accustomed to the conditions and have a strong bowling attack to defend competitive scores. Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan have been dropped; Umar Gul is out due to injury; Mohammad Hafeez has been solid at the top of the order; there's the experience of Shoaib Malik and Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle, and Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan have been impressive as seamers.

A defeat is a significant setback in a short competition such as this, so expect both sides to be high on intensity, also in part because of the support they are likely to receive at the ground. West Indies, in their pomp, were best supported at The Oval when they played in England, and Pakistan are never short of followers wherever they go.

Form Guide

(most recent first)

Pakistan: WTWLW (last five completed games)
West Indies: WWWLL

Watch out for...

Ramnaresh Sarwan was once the most important member of West Indies' top and middle orders, but didn't play ODIs for almost a year-and-a-half until his return against Australia in February this year. Though that series was a disappointment, he struck a century in the three-match series against Zimbabwe, followed by a stint with Leicestershire, which would have helped him get used to the conditions.

Wahab Riaz could be a handful in favourable conditions in England. He bowls with pace, can swing it and can be effective in the shorter format with his ability to bowl the yorker on target. He is more than handy with the bat, having played a key role in Pakistan's close victory over Ireland followed by a three-for in the warm-up win over South Africa.

Team news

West Indies could have some tough choices to make. They have plenty of depth in their batting, and it'll be interesting to see if they pick Sammy in the playing XI. They opened with Sarwan in the ODI series against Zimbabwe in February, but Johnson Charles is fresh from two straight half-centuries in the warm-ups. Would they prefer going in with an extra specialist batsman?

West Indies (possible): 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Kemar Roach/Tino Best.

Pakistan played just one warm-up game (their first was washed out) and gave Umar Amin a go in the middle order, but it remains to be seen if he's picked tomorrow.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Kamran Akmal (wk), 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Asad Ali/Ehsan Adil.

Pitch and conditions

On a sunny day, The Oval track could cater to a high-scoring game, and take a bit of turn. The conditions may not support much swing. There hasn't been an ODI played at The Oval in almost 10 months; scores of 238 and 252 were chased down comfortably by West Indies and England there last year.

Stats

  • In ICC ODI tournaments, Pakistan have beaten West Indies on four occasions and lost eight times. They won the last two encounters between the teams in ICC tournaments - in the 2009 Champions Trophy in South Africa and the World Cup quarter-final in Dhaka.
  • Chris Gayle has scored 840 runs against Pakistan in ODIs, at 31.11. Sarwan has a good record against Pakistan in the format, scoring 514 runs in 14 games at 46.72.

Quotes

"The plan should be that Imran Farhat plays as an anchor and last for 40 overs or so and the boys around him play freely but sensibly. Pakistani batting always comes under pressure if the openers fall early."
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on what should be Pakistan's ODI batting strategy.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY RafPunjani on | June 6, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    In English conditions most bowlers get some assitance; on top of this if you have added advantage of "height" a bowler could be lethal. Just like how Morne Morkel bowled against India, Irfan can bowl the same for Pakistan. Asad Ali and Ehsan Adil are good bowlers to contain, but you need wickets in 50 overs game. Pakistan's strength has always been bowling and I think we should play Irfan, so that he is ready for pressure games like India and SA. Also, Indian batsman struggle against steap bounce, and against SA Irfan already proved him self. To me its a no brainer to have him in the playing 11 against WI. Thats why he is in my Fantacy Team too.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    This IS Going To b A Good Contest. Both Teams Are Similar In Many Ways, Both R Unpredictables, Can Beat da Best When Its Their Day, Players To Watch Will Be The Mighty Chris Gayle & Junaid Khan. Would Love To C The Giant Irfan In Action But I Dont Know Why I Have This Feeling That Misbah Is Gonna Prefer His Domestic Teamate Over Irfan, Well Fingers Crossed And Waiting For The Game Tomorow. Wish Both The Teams Gud Luck. And Hope To C A Tough Contest.

  • POSTED BY PakWinners on | June 6, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I think right now Pakistan has a very good ODI squad. They just have to choose the best players by how they play their games. Pakistan got special bowlers like Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, and Asad Ali. I think no matter what Pakistan should put Mohammad Irfan in their bowling attack to make it even stronger. We saw the 5 ODI's Pakistan played against South Africa where Mohammad Irfan actually bowled very good! We also saw Junaid Khan bowling excellence in the ODI's against India, where Pakistan won the series 2-1. And Wahab Riaz can be some expensive for the country. But he can also do a lot of damage to the opponent in batting, as we saw the 2nd ODI against Ireland. And Asad Ali is very good because he tries his best to bowl very decent! He can take 2 or 3 wickets if Pakistan are in pressure. I think if Pakistan don't lose their batsman early like they did in the Test match against South Africa where they only got 48 runs. Then they have a huge amount of percent of winning the match!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 8, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Exactly what we predicted. bye bye Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    With 170 on the board who thinks Pakistan has any chance in this game?

    Frankly speaking if Pakistan get 2 or 3 early wickets then with the specialist Pakistani bowlers there could be a small chance. Though i am not sure about Wahab. We never know which Wahab will show up on a given day. But that is a big if. Because if Gayle gets to a flier, this match will be finished in a giffy.

    Regarding Misbah's effort of 96* , I think he is to be blamed for the team he has selected. Farhat, Malik, Riaz and Kamran will never give you anything in a crunch situation. They should not have been in the team. Looks like Misbah will never get the elusive century.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Afridi was dropped because earlier his batting was not commong good. Later when his batting clicked in South Africa (he was the 2nd highest run getter) then he was accused of not getting sufficient wickets with his bowling.

    Compare him with Shoeb Malik. In all departments including fielding Afridi was better than Shoeb Malik. Can someone tell me what did Shoeb Malik do in the SA tour or any series in the last 2 years to get a place in the squad for Champions Trophy. Infact the body language of Malik is so negative that you never expect anything from him.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    110/6 . Kamran Akmal, Another favorite of the selectors gone with the wind.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    106/5

    Misbah's favorite S.Malik gone for a Golden Duck. Misbah deserves this. Good for him. Somehow they think S.Malik experience will help the team. And now the dirty Kamran on the crease, what do you expect from him?.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully : completely agreed.

    The Ireland game is the indication by which you can judge the present pakistani team.

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    This Pakistan team luckily escaped against Ireland with a tie. That shows their ability. Lets wait and see.

  • POSTED BY RafPunjani on | June 6, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    In English conditions most bowlers get some assitance; on top of this if you have added advantage of "height" a bowler could be lethal. Just like how Morne Morkel bowled against India, Irfan can bowl the same for Pakistan. Asad Ali and Ehsan Adil are good bowlers to contain, but you need wickets in 50 overs game. Pakistan's strength has always been bowling and I think we should play Irfan, so that he is ready for pressure games like India and SA. Also, Indian batsman struggle against steap bounce, and against SA Irfan already proved him self. To me its a no brainer to have him in the playing 11 against WI. Thats why he is in my Fantacy Team too.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    This IS Going To b A Good Contest. Both Teams Are Similar In Many Ways, Both R Unpredictables, Can Beat da Best When Its Their Day, Players To Watch Will Be The Mighty Chris Gayle & Junaid Khan. Would Love To C The Giant Irfan In Action But I Dont Know Why I Have This Feeling That Misbah Is Gonna Prefer His Domestic Teamate Over Irfan, Well Fingers Crossed And Waiting For The Game Tomorow. Wish Both The Teams Gud Luck. And Hope To C A Tough Contest.

  • POSTED BY PakWinners on | June 6, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I think right now Pakistan has a very good ODI squad. They just have to choose the best players by how they play their games. Pakistan got special bowlers like Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, and Asad Ali. I think no matter what Pakistan should put Mohammad Irfan in their bowling attack to make it even stronger. We saw the 5 ODI's Pakistan played against South Africa where Mohammad Irfan actually bowled very good! We also saw Junaid Khan bowling excellence in the ODI's against India, where Pakistan won the series 2-1. And Wahab Riaz can be some expensive for the country. But he can also do a lot of damage to the opponent in batting, as we saw the 2nd ODI against Ireland. And Asad Ali is very good because he tries his best to bowl very decent! He can take 2 or 3 wickets if Pakistan are in pressure. I think if Pakistan don't lose their batsman early like they did in the Test match against South Africa where they only got 48 runs. Then they have a huge amount of percent of winning the match!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 8, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Exactly what we predicted. bye bye Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    With 170 on the board who thinks Pakistan has any chance in this game?

    Frankly speaking if Pakistan get 2 or 3 early wickets then with the specialist Pakistani bowlers there could be a small chance. Though i am not sure about Wahab. We never know which Wahab will show up on a given day. But that is a big if. Because if Gayle gets to a flier, this match will be finished in a giffy.

    Regarding Misbah's effort of 96* , I think he is to be blamed for the team he has selected. Farhat, Malik, Riaz and Kamran will never give you anything in a crunch situation. They should not have been in the team. Looks like Misbah will never get the elusive century.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Afridi was dropped because earlier his batting was not commong good. Later when his batting clicked in South Africa (he was the 2nd highest run getter) then he was accused of not getting sufficient wickets with his bowling.

    Compare him with Shoeb Malik. In all departments including fielding Afridi was better than Shoeb Malik. Can someone tell me what did Shoeb Malik do in the SA tour or any series in the last 2 years to get a place in the squad for Champions Trophy. Infact the body language of Malik is so negative that you never expect anything from him.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    110/6 . Kamran Akmal, Another favorite of the selectors gone with the wind.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    106/5

    Misbah's favorite S.Malik gone for a Golden Duck. Misbah deserves this. Good for him. Somehow they think S.Malik experience will help the team. And now the dirty Kamran on the crease, what do you expect from him?.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully : completely agreed.

    The Ireland game is the indication by which you can judge the present pakistani team.

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 7, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    This Pakistan team luckily escaped against Ireland with a tie. That shows their ability. Lets wait and see.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Also this could be the end of the road for Asad Shafiq's ODI career.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Pakistan have never beaten India in any major championship, be it the World Cup, Asia cup or Champions trophy. So it can be safely said that if Pakistan loose today they will be out of the semi finals contention. Also it looks today the Pakistani net-run-rate is going to take a serious beating. A perfect reciepie of an early exit.

    Misbah should never have been appointed the captain of the ODI team. AFRIDI was doing a good job when the Waqar episode spoilt everything for Pakistan.

    Also it is becoming increasingly clear that outside the subcontinent HAFEEZ is a total loss.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    In the absense of Afridi & Abdul Razzaq now Pakistan can forget about the late surge that they were capable of. The middle order is rotten with players like Misbah and Malik. The top is disgraced by Farhat. I dont expect anything from this team.

    15/3. Asad shafiq departs for duck. The writing is on the wall. You dont need inside information if you want to bet some money on the game.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    The Pakistani eleven is loaded with players who should have not been in the 15 members squad. Farhat, Malik, Kamran, Riaz. I expect them to loose all the matches.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Malik should not have been in the team. Afridi would be a better replacement for him. Also W.Riaz should not have been in the team, ASad Ali would have been a much better option for many reasons. Also I would have liked to see U.Amin in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    This is going to be a tough group to qualify from. India have looked good in thee warm-ups and have continued that good form against the Saffers. Despite missing the likes of Kallis, Smith, Philander, Botha, Steyn and Morkel, SA were still competitive, even though they were outplayed. So this match is a important one to win because what follows after that is going to be a vital match.

    I would say that Pakistan are slight favourites as they are more settled and organised than the boys from the Caribbean. It has the potential to be a very good match or a damp squib, depending on whether either team turns up today and doesn't push the self-destruct button. Looks like there's been overnight rain in London, so whoever wins the toss should field first and try to take advantage of any dampness on the pitch, as well as overcast, humid conditions. There's going to be hot sunshine later in the afternoon, so the team chasing, should find it easier to bat on.

  • POSTED BY AkDoN on | June 7, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    As an Asian I am going to support PAK no doubt......Go PAK go...crush the WI we are with you...........PAK Best Luck

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    For pakistan bolwers to be effective that fits have to put more than 175 runs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 7, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan !

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Pakistan could not have selected a worst team. Junaid-Irfan-Riaz all left arm seamers. And Ajmal, Hafeez & Malik all same type off spinners. This is a great example of how a team should not be selected.

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  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Waiting for royal thrashing of pakistani team form my favorites West Indies team. Overrated pakistan batting and bowling will be taken to cleaners today. This match could end withing 3 hours as pakistani batsmen are likely to fold up in 20 odd overs. Indian Fan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 7, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Pakistan have strong bowling attack,so they could defend if they score 260 .

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Bad choice as usual by Misbah. Keeping out Asad Ali and including W.Riaz just because he took three wickets in a practice game is absolutuely nonesense. Misbah has lost it completely. He does not see the number of time Riaz has been spoiling games for Pakistan. W.Riaz is becoming another Sami. Loved by selectors and hated by fans.

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    If the early matches are any indication of the the things to come then Pakistan is going to miss Shahid Afridi. The pitches are showing a little bit of assistance to the spinners. Afridi would have been a good option here. Also he would add variety to the spin attack. Now Ajmal, Hafeez & Malilk are all same type bowlers, Not ideal.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @KURUWITA I personally believe England have the best bowling attack in the tournament with Anderson, Broad, Fin and Swan 2nd best would be Newzealand so Pakistan can be 3rd best. Just to mention, I am a Pakistani fan.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @Indian_Snake We only support good cricket and Indian team is good playing great cricket so there is no reason we shouldn't support it.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    The major thing is toss will be very important in game pakistan has to bowl first by winning toss as they did in worldcup 2011 in Inida where they outclass WI...and ajmal and hafeez is too good against left handers so thats also pakistan big advantage

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 7, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    If PAK bowlers can contain BIG WI Batters, PAK can easily win. I also agree PAK has the best bowling attack in this CT.

  • POSTED BY shasi1 on | June 7, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    All the best for Pakistan team.... from Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 7, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    IPL players of the W.I will be their downfall. This is not T20, a totally different ball game. Pakistan should win under the shrewd captaincy of Misbah.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Both teams are filled with a lot of raw talent, but Pak team looked more settled & they definitely have an edge over WI bowling & batting, but we have seen that WI teams had big hitters who on a particular day can hit any bowler out of the park, so lets wait n watch best of luck to both the teams :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Windies have a strong batting unit. Most of their players showing good form coming into this event. With Bravo as captain now they can add either extra specialist batsmen or bowler. Prospects lookin bright but the only problem that they always had is consistency. Whether they will keep their levels up all the time and maintain their focus is a question yet to be answered... On this particular match Pakistan I think has an advantage. Windies batsmen do feel pressure while playing Pakistani spinners specially ajmal and hafeez. Sarwan and Darren are the key to cope that pressure but others are the concern going into this match. Solution is to go against pace right from the start and containment of spinners and blow smoke in the end likes of pollard and samuels. Good luck to both teams...It's gonna be a cracker jack.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    To me Pakistan are one of the major contenders to win CT. Their bowling attack is extremely good, perhaps the strongest in the tournament. All that they need is some solidity in their batting. Fielding is less of a concern to me as what is required is good catching and not necessarily great ground fielding to support their bowling unit. All the best, Pakistan! Always exciting to watch you play.

  • POSTED BY Daniyal.aicl on | June 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    if openers provide a decent start and pakistani fielders fielded well then no one stop Pak tol win today match by a good margin inshallah... good luck pak team.

  • POSTED BY Indian_Rule on | June 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan...u hve d upper hand on westindies .....coz U hve d best bowling Attack.

  • POSTED BY Daniyal.aicl on | June 7, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    if openers provide a decent start and pakistani fielders fielded well then no one stop Pak tol win today match by a good margin inshallah... good luck pak team.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANSTARS1 on | June 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    it think hafeez should take charge and will do open with imran farhat and go with 5 bowlers irfan,junaid,asad,wahab,and saeed ajmal with 2 part timers hafeez and malik my team for today farhat, hafeez, umar amin,kamran,misbah,shoaib malik, wahab riaz, junaid , irfan asad ali and ajmal

  • POSTED BY babloo373 on | June 7, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    i think sunil narine will be crictical factor and west indies need to win toss and chase well they will win against non ipl pakis

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | June 7, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    All the very best Pakistan, hope India and Pakistan go through from this group and SL from other group with may be NZ... Lets hope for all Asian final and trophy to Asia.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | June 7, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @ pull_shot->That raw talent is good for T20 only..the big hitters of WI always fail in their national team.Gayle is a big example.So is Pollard.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    I thing West Indies team is more Experience and power ful. Their All players in good form, came from IPL while Pakistani team is younger and inexperience. West indies will won easily.

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | June 7, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Hi SA fans......I think India will be the new winner this time........ No team can beat them now.......

  • POSTED BY old_chap on | June 7, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    steep bounce,swing and the lively pace will be decisive factors for pakistan batsmen as west indies got some serious pace and bounce in their line up..jason holder must definitely be included along with kemar , ravi rampaul and sunil narine as the solo spinner.my team for wi , GAYLE, CHARLES(wk), DARREN BRAVO,SAMUELS,SARWAN,DWAYNE BRAVO,POLLARD,RAMPAUL,NARINE,ROACH AND HOLDER.. perfect all round team...

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    i think if conditions remain as they were in the first match,all asian teams and westindies have a great chance of making an upset,because they all aren't comfortable against swing and with the sun out we can expect their batsmen to do well

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    IPL XI vs Non IPL XI and Ajmal vs Narine.. I believe Non IPL XI will come good.. and Ajmal is the best...

  • POSTED BY Sir.Ivor on | June 7, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    I wish Pakistan the very best against this West Indies side which could go right to the top in times to come. Pakistan have always done well against West Indies from the days of Imran. So I am looking forward to a very good match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    We fail to realise that Sammy under English conditions is a very effective bowler. Yes his batting is circumspect but so is Gayle at times when he is most needed. hope if Johnson Charles is given a chance that he continues his good form so too Darren Bravo.Samuels owes us a big one. Honestly I am uncertain about Narine's effectiveness against the Pakistani's. if Pollard gets going down the order we should win very easily.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | June 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    I put my money on pakistan though windies has most raw talented hitters. All d best pakistan. Hope india and pakistan play in final.

  • POSTED BY contacts on | June 7, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    West Indies should pick sammy in the XI as he can be a helping hand to the batting and bowling.come on WI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    pakistan ca win if they bat first and score 280+. westindian cricket lack professionalism and they are more agrressive. so all i want to say the only wicket in match pakistan should have to take early is ramnaresh sarwan, the most experienced guy. christ gayle and pollard can done damage too but their batting life is not longlasting at 50 50

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | June 7, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    I think Both teams will be under tremendous pressure. W.Indies have to face India in next Match so they would definitely be on the track to win this one. As most people assume Pakistan to be the favorite, i rather negate that because of their uneven temperament. If their batting clicks today then there are more chances for them to win Todays Match! In Batting i would watch Gayle, Hafeez, and in bowling i want to see M Irfan , Ajmal and Narine

  • POSTED BY Hate.ME on | June 7, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    ((( Indian Fan )))

    All the very Best to Pak Team for today's match. I had not thought I would be posting this. But good comments of 2-3 Pak fans about Ind team made me do this. I'm sure to tackle Gayle, Misbah will bring Hafeez early or even make him open the bowling instead of pacers.

    Good Luck !

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | June 7, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    I like both teams- they are unique in many ways. Also, most WI players have just come to England after a high impact contribution in the IPL. If this is a high scoring game, then Pakistan will struggle because they don't bat deep.

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | June 7, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Pakistan team functions according to its tradition i.e.:

    1- If Pakistan is favorite the end result will be; Pakistan will hand over the victory to West Indies in a peaceful fashion. 2- If West Indies is favorite and everyone almost sure West Indies will win; Pakistan will snatch the victory at the very end and destroy everyone's party. We as a Pakistani fan suffer; you all suffer too :-)

  • POSTED BY trace000 on | June 7, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    On paper -West Indies seem to be the better side! Pakistan has a good bowling unit- Gayle has to bat through the innings or up to 35 overs and West Indies cant lose- Its gonna be difficult for Pakistan to make over 300 runs- Go Windies/JA

  • POSTED BY cjchanaka on | June 7, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Both teams can be catagorized as black horses in this tournament, so hard to predict the result, but specially with the new rules I think WI has a better chance to win.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | June 7, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Entertaining classic on cards...

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    All the Best to Both The Teams , as A Neutral Fan

  • POSTED BY xylo on | June 7, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    This will be a very good contest to watch - a match between the likeliest contenders for the title. Both teams are packed with talent, but the secret spice that is ingrained in to both teams is unpredictability. I do not think Sarwan would be the player to watch though; I think it is highly unlikely that he will be picked in the XI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    I see hafeez bowling firt over to gayle. Pakistan should not loose early wickets.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Whats wrong with you Sidharth? You have left out the most impressive and interesting seamer in the pakistani line-up. MOHAMMED IRFAN.

    You seem to favor W.Riaz inspite of his innumerable flops in the last 2 years. I would like to see M.Irfan in place of W.Riaz. Anyways in the last 1 year Junaid has more impressive when he had been partnering Irfan.

    As far as the third seamer is concerned, I have no doubt that Asad Ali should play. It is too early for Ehsan Adil.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    west indies definitely should play sarwan as the extra batsman in place of sammy. they have completed less than 50% of their odi innings batting in recent times..

  • POSTED BY ADARSH100 on | June 6, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    I gues Windies willl be victorious. The little concern is their bowling. Bravo brothers are in good form. And NO OFFENCE.. WINDIES HAS THE MOST NUMBER OF MATCH WINNING PLAYERS. " Gayle, Pollard, 2 Bravos, Narine, Rampaul, Roach, Sammy, Samuels ".. Awesome Squad that entertain everyone on the World :)

  • POSTED BY zshanto on | June 6, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    My choice will be West Indies for tomorrow game . Very potential team , they just need to perform well and play professional game , mostly aggressive to paki spin attack . All the best West Indies , I would like to see another winning game for West Indies .

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Two of my favorite teams other than my home team (India) playing tomorrow. Its going to be a great contest.

    But I think its going to be Pakistan all the way tomorrow, their bowling is too strong and dangerous (unlike the much over rated SA bowling ) which includes the world's best spinner right now. So Windies would struggle to put up a score. Hoping for a good match. best of luck for both teams..

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | June 6, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Cant see Pakistan chasing a total of more than 270+ with their batting lineup... Their bowling has to be at their best tomorrow and try and reduce WI to 220-250.

    Pakistan should stick with Farhat and Jamshed opening up and Hafeez in it at 3rd, Malik should be in the 11 man team and Amin should be left out.

    I think if Pak wins they will bowl first and right decision against a team like WI but against India and SA they will want to bat first.

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | June 6, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    I really count on Windies. Pak has a good bowling lineup but weakest batting link. After their performance against Ireland i doubt their bowling too.... Its west Indies all the way!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Logical advantage goes to Pakistan , more experienced , role defined , a cool & calm Leader ,superior pace bowling , but West Indies sheer brilliance on a given day can beat any team in the world right now.It will be a good encounter

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Its a 50-50 contest. Pak has to deploy their resources smartly in bowling and batting should be more mature and stable to win. WI has more aggressive batting side and its not a real challange to contain pak batting under pressure. See who wins the toss and how one of them better exploit the situation.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Wahab Riaz should be out of the playing XI. He is better test bowler than ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Logical advantage goes to Pakistan , more experienced , role defined , a cool & calm Leader ,superior pace bowling , but West Indies sheer brilliance on a given day can beat any team in the world right now.It will be a good encounter

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | June 6, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    I am really worried abt tomorrow,s game pakistan are likely to loose becoz WI,s have real match winners while pakistan has hardly anyone...Saeed Ajmal needs to perform (otherwise just replace him)...batting needs to click,no slow batting plz,running bw the wicket should be good otherwise i,d not be surprised if pak loose this one by a big big margin.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 6, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    West Indies need to be aggressive and professional here no times for any friendly jokes ! V both Pakistan and India the seamers r really gonna have to be on their A game, aggressive good short balls no long hops no width as Narine will likely not be such a factor v their batting attacks especially on these English wickets. My 11 judging from warm up and recent form - 1.Gayle 2.Charles 3.Darren B 4.Samuels 5.Bravo (c) 6.Pollard 7.Ramdin(k) 8. Rampaul 9.Narine 10.Best 11.Roach

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    pak is the best . if they play theire natural game they are the champion . they can beat any team in the world. best of luck

  • POSTED BY aakash143 on | June 6, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Hope to see the giant battle between Chris Gayle and Mohammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY PakWinners on | June 6, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Ok, the people who think Pakistan are going down tomorrow match against West Indies are ok because they have their own opinion. Now I'm not saying that West Indies will 100% surely lose, they can win also like they did against Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka beat Pakistan, and then West Indies beat Sri Lanka. Pakistan is a very old country for playing cricket! Pakistan is actually kind of strong. The people who think that the pitch is not good for Pakistan actually don't know the truth yet. When they played against South Africa on June 3rd, 2013. They actually liked the pitch that is why they also choose to field first you know. Most favorites go to Pakistan team because they got some promising batsman as Imran farhat, Misbah-ul-Haq Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, these players are kind of experienced players. Every person says their team will win, but you got to see your opponents statistics. And right now Pakistan has a higher better statistics. So Pakistan should be able to win!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | June 6, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    West Indies, 300 plus on the board or you are out , no room for nothing less . Just look at INDIA score and SA was close behind . The pitches are good for batting and so the bowlers must toil , but its good for this format of the game . Runs, runs, and more runs .

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I personally believe that seamers won't be a key here but the spinner in tomorrow's match as we have seen today like SA Westendies don't play spin well so lets see how Hafeez bowls from Pakistan and Narian from Westindies. Pakistan have a threat to be knocked out if SA bounced back in there two matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    we hope INHSALLAH pakistan won ..........

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Good luck to my West Indies team , all the best guys go and play good Caribbean style cricket . Let the game begin

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 6, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    West indies is the strong contender for victory tomorrow. Pakistan bowling will be hammered tomorrow by big hitting WI batsman. Pakistan cannot progress to semi finals.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANiLive on | June 6, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Most Important player is HAFEEZ, specially if he clicks in batting, Pak will score big & if he scores, mostly he also gets wickets in that match!

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    WI look good. Had loot of hitters. Pak has good bowling so a good competition is expected. Yes its a short tournment each game id a final.

    Conditions may not matter much. Its been pretty warm these days and unless its too overcast , there will be not much difficulty.

    There was no mention of irfzn in article. I think irfan will make in 11. It was a tie between asad and wahab. Wahabs bowling may not be good as asads but wahab has got handy batting skills and a weak batting side like pak needs that.

    It will be sunny so pitch will turn so hafeez and ajmal will be handy.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Pak are in deep trouble!!

    The pitches so far have been dry and flat but Pak don't have any aggressive or big hitting batsmen, hence it's silly that some people are labeling Pak as the "favourites".

    Just to give you an idea, the batting is much more defensive compared with England's, except Eng have Morgan and Buttler to up the tempo.

  • POSTED BY ausaff on | June 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    I would like to see Umar Amin instead of farhat and hafeez can open.and then u have an all rounder .and he and shoib malik can give 10 overs

  • POSTED BY Ahmedpakistan6 on | June 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    West Indies are a very good all round team. Pakistan shouldn't take them lightly and it is very important to win your first game. My team 1) Imran Farhat 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Misbah ul Haq 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan/Asad Ali Inshallah Pakistan will win

  • POSTED BY KaptaanCricket on | June 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Sidhart Talya forgot all about Mohammad Irfan?Not even in the team's probables?Hahaha. He is the spearhead along with Junaid.

  • POSTED BY KaptaanCricket on | June 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Sidhart Talya forgot all about Mohammad Irfan?Not even in the team's probables?Hahaha. He is the spearhead along with Junaid.

  • POSTED BY Ahmedpakistan6 on | June 6, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    West Indies are a very good all round team. Pakistan shouldn't take them lightly and it is very important to win your first game. My team 1) Imran Farhat 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Mohammad Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Misbah ul Haq 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Wahab Riaz 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan/Asad Ali Inshallah Pakistan will win

  • POSTED BY ausaff on | June 6, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    I would like to see Umar Amin instead of farhat and hafeez can open.and then u have an all rounder .and he and shoib malik can give 10 overs

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Pak are in deep trouble!!

    The pitches so far have been dry and flat but Pak don't have any aggressive or big hitting batsmen, hence it's silly that some people are labeling Pak as the "favourites".

    Just to give you an idea, the batting is much more defensive compared with England's, except Eng have Morgan and Buttler to up the tempo.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    WI look good. Had loot of hitters. Pak has good bowling so a good competition is expected. Yes its a short tournment each game id a final.

    Conditions may not matter much. Its been pretty warm these days and unless its too overcast , there will be not much difficulty.

    There was no mention of irfzn in article. I think irfan will make in 11. It was a tie between asad and wahab. Wahabs bowling may not be good as asads but wahab has got handy batting skills and a weak batting side like pak needs that.

    It will be sunny so pitch will turn so hafeez and ajmal will be handy.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANiLive on | June 6, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Most Important player is HAFEEZ, specially if he clicks in batting, Pak will score big & if he scores, mostly he also gets wickets in that match!

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 6, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    West indies is the strong contender for victory tomorrow. Pakistan bowling will be hammered tomorrow by big hitting WI batsman. Pakistan cannot progress to semi finals.

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Good luck to my West Indies team , all the best guys go and play good Caribbean style cricket . Let the game begin

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    we hope INHSALLAH pakistan won ..........

  • POSTED BY on | June 6, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I personally believe that seamers won't be a key here but the spinner in tomorrow's match as we have seen today like SA Westendies don't play spin well so lets see how Hafeez bowls from Pakistan and Narian from Westindies. Pakistan have a threat to be knocked out if SA bounced back in there two matches.