Pak vs WI: Pakistan win toss, decide to bat first in opposition to West Indies in closing ODI

MULTAN: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam Sunday received the toss and opted to bat first in opposition to West Indies within the closing ODI of the three-match sequence on the Multan Cricket Stadium.

The three-match sequence is a part of the Tremendous League cycle, and each groups are wanting to earn the mandatory factors to qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

Talking after the toss, Pakistan captain Babar Azam mentioned that Pakistan made two adjustments to the squad for the ultimate ODI of the sequence. He mentioned that Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf have been given relaxation, whereas Hasan Ali and Shahnawaz Dhani have been included within the group.

It’s pertinent to say right here that Shahnawaz Dhani will make his debut in opposition to West Indies at present.

Pakistan has by no means hosted a bilateral sequence within the hottest month (June) of the yr. Multan’s climate might pose a severe problem for each side, despite the fact that Pakistan held the 2008 Asia Cup in Lahore and Karachi throughout the identical month.


Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq, , Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper/batter), Muhammad Haris, Khushdil Shah, Muhammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Muhammad Wasim, Shahnawaz Dhani.

West Indies

Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Sharmarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (C), Rovman Powell, Keacy Carty, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh Jr, Jayden Seales

Pakistan eye ODI whitewash
The Inexperienced Shirts are eyeing a whitewash of West Indies within the three-match ICC Cricket World Cup Tremendous League sequence by one other all-round show on the Multan Stadium.

A convincing 120 runs win within the sequence decider on Friday has made Pakistan an amazing favorite to make it three in a row. Alternatively, West Indies batting must address Pakistan spin with a view to obtain a comfort win, The Information reported.

Pakistan have already jumped to No 4 on the ICC League desk which is the place to qualify instantly for the following yr’s ODI World Cup to be staged in India.

From 14 outings, Pakistan have thus far gathered 80 factors. The Inexperienced Shirts are actually trying to make the factors to succeed in 90 on Sunday beneath the blistering Multan warmth that has already made issues powerful for the opposing sides.

Chasing an achievable rating of 276 on Friday, the vacationers by no means checked out ease in opposition to the spin duo of Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan. After spending 50 overs on the sector amid 40 levels Celsius and above, West Indies batsmen have been seen exhausted and dehydrated. To make issues worse, Nawaz and Shadab each began spinning the ball appreciably to limit the vacationers to 155.

“I assumed we have been 20 runs quick. However as soon as our bowlers began creating hassle for the WI batsmen, I knew properly that [the] goal was too stiff for them. On the finish, even 276 runs appeared too daunting for the hapless vacationers,” Babar Azam mentioned in his post-match convention Friday.

He hoped to enter the third ODI with the identical vein. “We are going to now go all out for a clear sweep on Sunday. A repeat of efficiency on Sunday would assist us obtain that,” Babar mentioned.

The toss will once more be essential on Sunday because the group successful it’s going to more than likely bat first. The important thing bowlers of the group batting first would keep recent and spinners shall be having extra buy from the wicket later within the night.

“We bowled properly Friday, however couldn’t hold on to chase a reachable goal. We received the primary half and have been very a lot within the recreation until the time we began shedding wickets frequently,” ace West Indies spinner Akeal Hosein, mentioned following a one-sided second ODI.

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