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Mohammad Hafeez sees crucial role of spinners in today’s match.
T20 World Cup – Pakistan vs West Indies Live | PAK vs WI T20 match live
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Date: Tue Apr 1
Time: 13:30 GMT | 19:30 local | 19:00 IST | 18:30 PKT
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Group 2 32nd T20 Match PreviewIt 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 has the more experienced, more versatile, more superior – some might say – bowling attack. The West Indies has the more destructive, more attacking batting line-up, a line-up that has gradually gathered pace and, while not quite firing in tandem, is as close to that one awe-inspiring explosion as is possible. But fanciful as it is to label this a battle between Pakistan’s bowling and West Indies’ batting, it is well worth remembering that the West Indies possesses the top two bowlers, as per the ICC rankings, in Twenty20 International cricket.
Since that emotional six-wicket victory in the last over, West Indies has had time to regroup. Darren Sammy and Ottis Gibson, the coach, wouldn’t have had the necessity to impress upon the team the need to approach the Pakistan game with the same intensity as the Australia match. Victory against Australia was required for various reasons; against Pakistan, the supercharged atmosphere will be because of the stakes involved.
In decidedly the most subcontinental of conditions, Pakistan might appear the favourite, but the West Indies isn’t the World T20 champion for nothing. Colombo in 2012 was not too different from what Mirpur has been this time, and the West Indies bearded the Sri Lankan lion in its own den in the final then. There has been no great change in personnel since – astonishingly, the influential Kieron Pollard has barely been spoken about in his absence. If anything, the induction into the side of Krishmar Santokie, the little left-arm medium pacer with so much variety, has lent more teeth to an attack heavily dependent for both penetration and parsimony on Sunil Narine, the No. 1 T20I bowler, and Samuel Badree, his understudy.
West Indies will ask serious questions of a Pakistan top order still some way short of hitting peak form. Umar Akmal has had one outstanding innings and Ahmed Shehzad shook off the cobwebs with a brilliant century against Bangladesh on Sunday afternoon, but Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez haven’t quite got going. They can expect no favours from Badree, Narine and Santokie, especially if the West Indies bats first and post meaningful runs on the board, because on the evidence of the India-Australia clash on Sunday night, batting fourth will be anything but easy at the Sher-e-Bangla.
In normal circumstances, the toss could, therefore, turn out to be decisive, but there is very little that is normal when it comes to both Pakistan and West Indies. If you had to nominate two sides to buck every trend and to cock a snook at norm and tradition, you will have to look no further than this dynamic duo. West Indies has a title to defend; Pakistan, the only team to have made the semifinal in each of the four preceding World T20s, has a reputation to maintain.
The presence in the West Indian coaching structure of Saqlain Mushtaq lends another dimension to this showdown. Pakistan’s most successful spinner has been working with the West Indian tweakers for a while now, and the results have been all too apparent even if Narine, Badree and Shane Shillingford, the Test expert, all made their debuts before Saqlain linked up with the West Indian Cricket Board. From all accounts, the offspinner who gave the world the doosra has been working as much on the mind as the skills of the West Indies men. His unique take on matters cricketing can only stand the Narines and Badrees in good stead against batsmen who are as adept as any at handling the turning ball.
There is no shortage of self-belief in either camp. The heavy artillery is stacked in the West Indian batting, with Chris Gayle close to his wondrous best, but as India showed against a like Australian line-up on Sunday night, too much of anything, even an order replete with fearsome ball-bashers, is no guarantee for tall scores. West Indies will have taken note of the dramatic Australian implosion, but then again, so will have Pakistan. Don’t take your eyes off this one.
The 32nd T20 Match of Group 2 between Pakistan vs West Indies is being played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur today on 1st April at 13:30 GMT, 19:30 local in Mirpur, 19:00 IST in India and 18:30 PKT in Pakistan.
You can catch ball by ball coverage with commentary and live scores along with batting, bowling and fielding statistics for the Group T20 match of PAK vs WI here on Cricket.com.pk – You can also read Pakistan vs West Indies match updates and match report after the match is over.
Pakistan vs West Indies SquadsPakistan Team: (From) Mohammad Hafeez (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
West Indies Team: (From) Darren Sammy (c), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
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Team newsPakistan too have no reason to change their winning combination. In the previous match, Pakistan brought in the experienced bowler Sohail Tanvir. West Indies might retain their winning line-up from the Australia match.
Stats 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
Series UpdatesBangladesh hosts the fifth World Twenty20 with a total of sixteen teams participating for the first time. Literally a quarter-final between Pakistan and West Indies, this T20 World Cup match is for sure a do-or-die match for both sides to join the semi-finalists in the next round.
Pakistan vs West Indies Live Streaming of T20 MatchSeveral TV companies are offering live telecast of cricket matches on internet, and watching this online is a safe bet if one is not near the television.
You can watch Pakistan vs West Indies T20 World Cup 2014 Live match on tv in Pakistan and India on PTV Sports, ESPN Star, Star Sports and Ten Sports.
Check out the official online websites for live streaming of Pakistan vs West Indies t20 clash here:
- starsports.com/cricket/video/ (in India only)
- espn.go.com/watchespn/ (North America)
- ptvsports.tv.com.pk/ (in Pakistan only)
- sports.ptv.com.pk/livestreaming.html & http://sports.ptv.com.pk/LiveStreaming.asp (in Pakistan only)
- youtube.com/user/willow/Custom (Willow tv free official subscription via Youtube)
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