After the grand opening of the 2019 ICC World Cup, West Indies and Pakistan are set to battle it out in the second fixture of the tournament. The dark horses, West Indies, must be beaming with confidence after beating New Zealand in a high-scoring affair in their previous warm-up match. Pakistan will be desperate to open their account after nine back-to-back ODI defeats. Both the teams will be hoping to start their World Cup campaign with a comprehensive win.

West Indies have named a balanced squad for the upcoming world cup, with the right combination of youth and experience.  Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle can be lethal at the top of the order while Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel will lead the bowling attack. With match winners like Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Andre Russell and Jason Holder in their ranks, the Windies outplay any team on their day. Jason Holder would be eyeing to script his own legacy and surprise all the fans and pundits. Their previous performance against the Blackcaps shows that the Windies has the potential to torment any bowling attack in English conditions.

On the contrary, Pakistan has been really struggling to find their feet in limited-overs cricket over the past few months. After three consecutive series defeat against South Africa, Australia, and England, the green army would be hoping to land a counterpunch heading into their tournament opener. Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam will play a crucial role in Pakistan’s batting lineup while Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan will be responsible for providing much-needed breakthroughs in the times of adversity. After Pakistan’s glorious campaign in 2017 Champions Trophy, Sarfraz & Co must be eyeing to clinch their second World Cup title.

 

Match Details

 

Date: Friday, 31th May 2019

Time: 03:00 PM IST

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar 

 

Venue Stats

Avg 1st Innings score: 252

Avg 2nd Innings score: 219

Highest Total: 481/6 (50 Ov) by Eng vs AUS

Lowest Total: 83/10 (23 Ov) by RSA vs Eng

Highest Chased: 350/3 (44 Ov) by Eng vs NZ

Lowest Defended: 195/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs Eng

 

Team News

 

West Indies

  • Chris Gayle will feature in his last World Cup before his international retirement.
  • Andre Russell makes a comeback into the squad following his tremendous form, despite playing a single ODI since 2015.

Pakistan

  • Asif Ali is set to make a comeback in the starting lineup after missing out on practice games.

 

Squads

 

West Indies

Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.

Pakistan

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain

 

Key players

 

West Indies

  • Chris Gayle
  • Shai Hope
  • Jason Holder 

Pakistan

  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam
  • Wahab Riaz

 

Probable Playing XI

 

West Indies

Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo(W/K), Shimron Hetmyer, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Jason Holder(C), Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Kemar Roach.

Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq , Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Hasnain