Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Teams battle for last semi-final spot

The Preview by Umar Farooq

March 31, 2014

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Crowe: 50-50 between Pakistan and West Indies

Match facts

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Start time 1930 local (13:30 GMT)


Shoaib Malik struck a 56-run stand with Nasir Jamshed to guide Pakistan to win, India v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chennai, December 30, 2012
Shoaib Malik is yet to fire and he hasn't been utilised with the ball © BCCI
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Big Picture

It is a knockout scenario for both teams, with the winner going through to the semi-finals. They have the same number of wins (two) and points (four) but the defending champions West Indies enjoy a higher net run-rate, +1.223, against Pakistan's +0.893. In the event of a washout West Indies will go through on their higher net run-rate, but the forecast is for clear weather.

Pakistan batted first in their last three games but they are yet to be tested chasing a target. West Indies, on the contrary, have defended and chased targets in the group stage. Hence, the toss could be a decisive factor for Pakistan.

Both teams have quality spinners and are capable of posting big scores. Both lost their opening matches to India but bounced back strongly to register successive victories against Australia and Bangladesh. The contest on April 1 will be their first ever meeting in a World T20. They have played just three T20s in two bilateral series since 2011, with Pakistan winning their last two encounters in 2013.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

Pakistan WWLLW
West Indies WWLLW

In the spotlight

Though he has scores of 34, 48 and 53, Chris Gayle hasn't exploded in the manner he is known for. He was unusually cautious against Bangladesh, scoring a run-a-ball 48. However, bowlers like Saeed Ajmal cannot be complacent against him and will have to guard against a backlash from Gayle.

With every passing game, Shoaib Malik's role in the side comes under the scanner. He has scores of 18, 6* and 26, and hasn't bowled in any of the three games. He is playing his fourth World T20 and all have been quiet, with bat and ball.

Pitch and conditions

With sunshine predicted through the day, the Mirpur pitch is expected to remain dry but it gets sluggish in the evening. The dew hasn't been a factor in the last three matches but Pakistan have been training with the wet ball recently to get used to it.

Team news

West Indies might retain their winning line-up from the Australia match.

West Indies (likely): 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Krishmar Santokie.

Pakistan too have no reason to change their winning combination. In the previous match, Pakistan brought in the experienced bowler Sohail Tanvir.

Pakistan (likely): 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sohaib Maqsood, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Zulfiqar Babar

Stat and trivia

  • In three matches against West Indies, Mohammad Hafeez has figures of 3 for 36 from 9 overs, with an average of 12 and an economy rate of 4. He has dismissed Gayle twice in these matches, for 5 and 1
  • Umar Akmal has two 40-plus scores in three T20I innings against West Indies, including a Man-of-the-Match effort of 46 not out the last time the two teams played each other, in Kingstown in 2013
  • In the tournament so far, West Indies' spinners have taken 13 wickets at an average of 14.38 and an economy rate of 6.09, compared to Pakistan spinners' 10 wickets at 24.40 and an economy-rate of 6.59

Quotes

"It is very difficult to predict how the teams will play but I know it will be a nail-biting game. Come that game, we will be aware of what exactly we need to do. We need to play well to get out of this group of death and look forward to playing in the semi-final."
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo

"The team that plays spinners well will win the match. We know that it is a match where we can't make a mistake."
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Boring game by pak..

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (April 1, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Pakistan's virtually only hope of winning is BATTING FIRST, as the batting is extremely brittle. Note however, that the WI spinners have performed much better, in terms of economy rate and bowling average in this tornament than even Pakistan. On paper at least, they are a superior team; and are title defenders. Even then Pakistan will win INSHALLAH.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

This will be a nail-biting match but the team with the psychological edge will take home the prize

Posted by ICKY on (April 1, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

The team selection for WI game is not what is Pak's strength. Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanwir are spent forces and they are over the hill. Hafeez is a selfish and stubborn captain still playing with those two out of date out of form and out of this world players. I hope this mistake does not hurt Pak due to stubborn captain. I hope Pak wins with its multiple solo match winners. God bless Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

@Ahad Rao- Try to watch cricket not golf.. India has beaten Australia, England, SA and many other teams when they were on their peak.. India make them look like they aren't best.. India has been unbeaten in this group or say in this tournament, So going by ur analysis no other team is playing on their best.. You're not a cricket lover.. You're a gilli-dunda expert..Well, Gilli-dunda is an indian game..

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (April 1, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

@Eranga Gunawardana Love from pakistan , we are always with our srilankan brothers i am equal fan of sri lanka as of pakistan

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Toss will be very crucial.if Pakistan win the toss Hafeese should start as an opening bowler and utilize Malik for the middle overs,fielding should come up to the mark. where as W.I score more than 7 runs per over it will be very difficult to chase.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Paki will won In Sha ALLAH thn beat SL or SA in semi & vil play with India in Final. For final i keep my finger cross due to various reasons.

Posted by mohammed-ismail on (April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

WI chose t bat first, it's going to be a easy win for Pak, dew is going to hurt WI. Pak vs SL in semis, Pak in finals. GO PAK GO

Posted by neazahmed on (April 1, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

what if its tied .... ..... ?

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