The hosts are looking to make it a clean sweep against the West Indies after victory in the second of a three-game Twenty20 series!
The action gets under way from 6:30 pm IST at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday, 16th December. Betting on cricket online? Check out my full lowdown ahead of the big game for some useful pre-match insight!
Victory over the West Indies last time out took their recent record to 11 wins from 12 matches – they are undoubtedly the form team in world cricket right now, even if their ICC Twenty20 world ranking fails to reflect that.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, it took some late-order hitting from Shadab Khan (28 not out from 12 balls) to help propel his team to a challenging 172-8. The West Indies were bang in the game until a devastating 17th over from Shaeen Afridi saw three wickets go down!
Despite a closer call than many predicted (myself included), I can’t see how they won’t extend that impressive recent record even further here.
A special word for the fielding in the last match – some spectacular grabs by Haris Rauf and particularly Asif Ali on the boundary edge were something to behold!
Pakistan can choose from a clean bill of health – the only notable absentees are those that were declared before the series began!
Safarz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, and Imad Wasim are all watching with their feet up at home after failing to make the 15-man squad. It just shows the strength in depth Pakistan have at the moment!
Player To Watch: Shaeen Afridi
It was a clinic in accurate pace bowling from the exciting Afridi – picking up three wickets in a single over to all but win the tie for his side.
He finished the game with figures of 3-26 from his four overs – an economy rate of just 6.50!
He has a tendency to take his wickets in bursts and he could steal the limelight once again here to seal the clean sweep for his side!
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
West Indies Recent Form
It was much more like it from a competitive standpoint by the visitors. After folding so meekly in the first match, it felt like some pride needed to be salvaged, and there was!
A highly impressive 67 by the aggressive Brandon King put his team in with a chance, but he didn’t find much support from his teammates and the game fell away on his dismissal.
Can skipper Nicolas Pooran, Shai Hope, and Brandon King combine together to grab the Windies an unlikely victory? Not according to my Pakistan vs West Indies betting tips.
There were no new injuries to report of from the visitors point of view – though it’s worth running through the personnel they are missing!
Retiree Dwayne Bravo is no longer an option, Chris Gayle is out of the set-up for now and the foreseeable, Jason Holder is resting up, and Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, and Lendl Simmons pulled out for personal reasons.
To add insult to injury, skipper Kieron Pollard pulled his hamstring just before the squad departed and will miss the tour in its entirety.
Player To Watch: Nicolas Pooran
The stand-in skipper got a steady start to his innings, but frustratingly could not convert 26 runs from 26 balls into anything meaningful.
A player with bags of experience, he will need to utilise it better than he did on Tuesday.
I’m backing him to lead from the front and top score for the West Indies – albeit in a losing cause!
There may not be much value to the price, but judging on where both sides are currently at, 1.23 on Pakistan to win is a fair one!
They are playing with authority, guile, and athleticism throughout their bowling, batting, and fielding units! I’m most excited by the balance to their batting roster – there is explosivity bubbling throughout.
I can see it being another comfortable victory for Pakistan!