WI vs PAK 1st Test – Match Preview
After a rain-affected series victory for Pakistan in T20Is against Windies, the focus for the Pakistan tour of Windies 2021 shifts to the Test matches. Both the teams will be disappointed as the weather spoiled the majority part of the T20I series. The tourists won the only completed match to take the four-match series 1-0. On the other hand, the Windies will be disappointed as they didn't get a chance to make a comeback in the series. However, the upcoming series promises a lot of exciting action as both the teams go up against each other for the first time since 2016 in Test cricket.
The #MenInMaroon were out in the middle at Sabina Park today for a training session! 🌞
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 9, 2021
West Indies lost their last Test series against South Africa at home by 2-0. The home side will aim to bounce back in this series and begin their WTC 2021-23 cycle with a win in the first Test. Skipper Kraigg Braithwaite will be eyeing to score big runs at the top. Shai Hope and Shamrah Brooks will be the main batters in the middle-order. Jason Holder and Roston Chase will be the two key figures for the hosts against Pakistan.
On the other hand, Pakistan will have a real opportunity to repeat its 2017 heroics in West Indies. However, the Babar Azam-led side hasn't played a lot of competitive Test cricket since their win against Proteas at home in February. A lot of teams have found it tough to go past West Indies on their home turf. And in all likelihood, the visitors might have to push beyond their limits if they are to do well against the Caribbean team.
Here’s a detailed look at the WI vs PAK 1st Test Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks for 2nd Test at Lord’s:
|Match||Date & Time||Venue||Live Telecast Channel & Streaming|
|WI vs PAK, 1st Test||August 12 – August 16, 8.30 PM IST||Kingston, Jamaica||FanCode|
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch at Sabina Park has traditionally favored the fast bowlers with enough pace and bounce. However, in recent years, teams winning the toss have decided to field first and have lost the Test. As a result, batting first won't be a bad option in the WI vs PAK 1st Test. With a rain threat looming over all the five days of the contest, bowlers will undoubtedly have a fair say in the 1st Test. Batters will have to bat out of their skin to survive against the quality ace attacks possessed by both teams at Jamaica.
Pakistan has announced a full-fledged Test squad for this two-match Test series against West Indies. Babar Azam and Azhar Ali will be the main batsmen for Pakistan. Fawad Alam and Abid Ali will also carry their good form into the first Test. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Abbas will be crucial to Pakistan's success in the first Test. However, the performance of Yasir Shah could prove to be a major difference in the result of the 1st WI vs PAK Test.
West Indies have expectedly announced their Test squad in complete contrast to their white-ball setup. Kraigg Braithwaite and Kieran Powell will open the batting for the home team. The middle-order could potentially see the likes of Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, and Jermaine Blackwood. In the pace department, Kemar Roach will lead the attack alongside Alzarri Joseph and Jayden Seales.
Probable Playing XI for WI v PAK 1st Test
Windies: Kraigg Braithwaite(c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope(wk), Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Joshua De Silva, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Alzari Joseph.
Pakistan: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam(c), Fawad Alam, Sajid Khan, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah.
Top Fantasy Picks for Windies vs Pakistan 1st Test
Kraigg Braithwaite is the most experienced batsman for the Caribbean team. Brathwaite has been short on his runs tally in the last few Test matches for his team. In the first Test against Pakistan, he will aim to rectify his past mistakes and make a rollicking start at the top of the order.
He'll be one of the first names from West Indies on the Dream11 Team Prediction for the 1st WI vs PAK Test at Sabina Park. He can also contribute with the off-spin to allow maximum points in the Fantasy match.
Jason Holder has been a match-winner for West Indies in Test cricket. The pace bowling all-rounder will bat in lower-middle order and also does the tough job to bowl nearly 20 overs a day. Ranked No.1 in the ICC Test rankings for All-rounder, Holder will be a key weapon for West Indies in the first Test against Pakistan. He can also be a potential choice to be named as the captain of the Dream11 fantasy team for the 1st WI vs PAK Test.
Pakistan skipper is always the focus of attention in their line-up. He bats at No.4 in the batting order with an attempt to score huge first-innings runs for his team. After a below-par series against Zimbabwe, Babar will be keen to turn things around with some match-winning knocks against West Indies. Looking at his current batting form, Azam will be a good bet as captain in the Dream11 Team Prediction for the Wi vs PAK 1st Test in Jamaica.
Hasan Ali is the most consistent wicket-taker for Pakistan in the recent series across the formats. He was the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in the last Test series against Zimbabwe. Hasan Ali can also contribute with the bat in the lower order for Pakistan. He will be a key player for Pakistan in today's Today's Test match against Windies.
Dream11 Team Prediction for WI vs PAK 1st Test
Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan, Joshua De Silva
Batsmen: Azhar Ali, Kraigg Braithwaite, Babar Azam (C), Shai Hope
All-Rounders: Jason Holder (VC), Kyle Mayers
Bowlers: Alzari Joseph, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs PAK 1st Test?
Pakistan has a far more experienced batting order than its opponents. The host will be low on confidence after a one-sided defeat against South Africa. On the other hand, Pakistan has crushed Zimbabwe in the last Test series. As a result, Pakistan will start as favorites to win today's 1st Test against Windies starting on August 12.