WI vs PAK | Match Preview
After the limited-overs series against Australia, West Indies are all set to host Pakistan for a multi-format series. The tour will begin with a four-match T20I series starting from July 28. The in-form West Indies side will aim to defeat the Asian side in this T20I series and end their limited-overs home season on a high note.
On the other side, Pakistan will aim to bounce back in this tour after succumbing to defeat against England. The visitors will have the best chance to defeat West Indies due to familiar bowling conditions in Barbados. The senior men including the likes of Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, and others, will be crucial if Pakistan is to upset the West Indian outfit in their own backyard.
Here’s a detailed look at the WI vs PAK Dream11 Match Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, and Top Picks:
What to Expect – Pitch Report & Weather Conditions?
The pitch at Barbados generally aids the quick bowlers. However, in most white-ball matches, with no movement on flat decks, batters tend to enjoy their stay in the middle. As a result, it should be a high-scoring first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan. With overcast and cloudy conditions, seamers may exploit the new ball and can potentially trouble the top-order batsmen. A cautious start by the openers from either team shouldn't be a surprise in the first T20I.
West Indies have already announced their preliminary T20I squad for their entire home season. The players are likely to remain the same which faced Australia and South Africa in the T20Is. Skipper Kieron Pollard will be back after missing the series against Australia due to injury.
The visitors are likely to play the same XI which they played in the last match against England. Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam will open for Pakistan. Fakhar Zaman is likely to continue in the middle-order along with the veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez. In the bowling department, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi will be the key pacers. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan will handle the spin bowling responsibility in this match.
Probable Playing XI
Even Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard (C), Nicholas Pooran(wk), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell
Mohammed Rizwan(wk), Babar Azam(C), Shoaib Maqsood, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain
Top Fantasy Picks for WI vs PAK 1st T20I
Skipper Pollard is often the crisis man for West Indies. Batting in the lower middle-order, Pollard shoulders the tough responsibility of a finisher. With a mercurial top-order, he's even donned the role to walk in early and arrest the slide in case of a collapse. Despite missing the T20Is against Australia, Pollard is in good form and would love to carry it in the T20Is against Pakistan.
He's a top pick in the Dream11 Fantasy team for the 1st between West Indies and Pakistan. Kieron Pollard would also be a good choice as captain in the WI vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction.
The right-arm leg spinner was impressive in the recently held T20I series against Australia. Not only did he ensured a check on the flow of runs but even picked regular wickets to halt any momentum for the opposition team. Hayden Walsh was among the wickets in all five T20Is with a tall of 12 scalps at an economy of 7.
While Pakistan batters would play him better as compared to the Australians, the USA-born cricketer can be expected to deliver the goods with his effective leg-spin bowling. The 29-year old will definitely be one of the first picks among the WI players in the Dream11 Fantasy team in today's 1st T20I vs PAK.
Pakistan's Babar Azam is one of the best white-ball players in the world. Ranked No.2 in the ICC Men's T20I batting rankings, Babar is riding high on confidence with his stupendous form in limited-overs cricket. He scored 118 runs in the T20Is vs England but failed to guide his team to victory despite his consistency.
The 26-year old will be raring to turn the fortunes for his team with his contribution in the 1st T20I vs WI. Opening the batting gives him an opportunity to have maximum impact on the game. Hence, it augurs well for his selection as a captain in today's Dream11 Fantasy team Prediction in the 1st WI vs PAK T20I at Barbados.
The right-handed opener for Pakistan in T20Is, Mohammad Rizwan is witnessing a dream run in 2021. He has achieved great success in the last few months which has managed to overhaul the ever-growing stature of his skipper in this format. Rizwan was the highest run-getter for Pakistan in the T20Is.
He scored two fifties in the series and nearly took the tourists on the brink of a win against England. Along with Azam, Rizwan will be on the main picks in the Dream11 team for the 1st WI vs PAK T20I match. Rizwan is a genuine choice as the vice-captain of the team.
Dream11 Team Prediction for WI vs PAK 1st T20I Match
Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan, Nicolas Pooran
Batsmen: Kieron Pollard (VC), Even Lewis, Babar Azam (C)
All-Rounders: Andre Russell, Mohammad Hafeez
Bowlers: Obed McCoy, Haris Rauf, Hayden Walsh, Hasan Ali
Dream11 Match Prediction – Who will win the WI vs PAK 1st T20I match?
West Indies have won the last T20I series convincingly so they will aim to continue their good run in this match as well. However, Pakistan has the resources to do an upset over the home team. The tourists have a good squad to compete against the home side but the Pollard-led side will be favorites for today's WI vs PAK Dream11 Match Prediction on July 28.