Pakistan and West Indies are set to resume the ODI leg, the tour abandoned due to COVID in December of 2021. Three ODI’s being held in Multan would not normally have attracted so much attention but this is a bilateral series that is a part of the ODI Super League. Every match provides points that count towards World Cup Qualification and both these teams need the points.
There is no question that Pakistan is the clear favourite going into this series. Its dominance over the West Indies in white-ball cricket has been quite dramatic in recent years but they would not be taking anything for granted.
All of the best cricket betting sites like Betway, Parimatch, and 10Cric are offering pretty short odds on Pakistan to win. Is there an opportunity here that you can exploit?
Match prediction and cricket betting tips for Pakistan vs West Indies 1st ODI 2022. The match is going to be played at the Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan on the 8th of June 2022.
PAK VS WI TEAM PREVIEWS
Pakistan is the overwhelming favourite going into this match and with good reason. Despite the challenges that Pakistan has faced over the years, its cricket team continues to thrive. Babar Azam is widely regarded as the best batsman in ODI cricket right now while Shaheen Afridi is the most exciting new ball bowler going around.
Pakistan won its previous series at home against Australia, a much tougher opponent than the West Indies, and has lost just one ODI match out of the previous eight it has played at home.
From a betting point of view, we are looking to bet on the Pakistani top order to do well in this series and score a lot of runs. The top-3 batsmen (Imam-ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, and Babar Azam) are the ones that you should look back on most occasions.
There is a lot of depth in the batting with the likes of Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, and Iftikhar Ahmed in the lineup but they may not have a lot to do!
The bowling attack of the Pakistani team is world-class. Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Haris Rauf are likely to be the fast bowlers included in the playing eleven with Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Khushdil Shah combining to bowl the remaining 20 overs.
Home advantage is also a massive reason to back Pakistan in this contest.
West Indies has been playing ODI cricket recently but that was in conditions diametrically opposite to what they will encounter now! From the cool climate of the Netherlands, the West Indian team is going to land in the furnace of Multan.
Still, cricket under their belt is only going to help them.
West Indies won the series against the Netherlands 3-0 (an expected result but far from a certainty) with centuries from Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, and Shamarh Brooks. Brandon King also has two fifty-plus scores to his name to end the series on a high.
The West Indian batting is quite decent and can be expected to put up a strong fight. Players like Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, and Romario Shepherd will add a lot of depth to the batting lineup.
The challenge for West Indies in the past has been pacing its innings. The ODI format requires batters to play more traditionally, rotating the strike, and looking for the boundaries after getting set. That is not a strength of the West Indies.
On days that the West Indian batters get in, they can smash records but this is a team that is prone to collapses.
Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hossain, Hayden Walsh, and perhaps Romario Shepherd will all find a place in the playing eleven. This is a decent bowling attack but the heat will take a lot out of them and take some time to get used to.
Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan.
Date: June 8, 2022, 4:30 pm IST
PAKISTAN VS WEST INDIES PITCH REPORT
The pitch at the Multan Cricket Stadium is a balanced track. The batters will have to be on their toes while facing the new ball as the bowlers will get movement off the surface. The spinners will come into play in the latter stages of the game as the ball tends to hold a bit on the surface.
PAKISTAN VS WEST INDIES WEATHER FORECAST
Clear skies will greet both sides on Wednesday. The temperature in Multan is expected to hover between 31 and 46 degrees Celsius.
PAKISTAN VS WEST INDIES PROBABLE XIS
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Nicholas Pooran (c), Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Keacy Carty, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Hayden Walsh
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLY THE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam will have the responsibility of playing a big knock ensuring that he stays at the crease for as long as possible. The right-handed batter has got all the shots in his arsenal and he will be looking forward to putting on another brilliant display of batting in the first ODI.
PROBABLY THE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH
Express pacer Alzarri Joseph will have to pick wickets with the new ball. The right-arm pacer hits the hard length consistently and can create a lot of trouble with his pace. Joseph might also be given the responsibility of bowling in the death overs to stem the flow of runs against the Men in Green.
PAKISTAN VS WEST INDIES MATCH PREDICTION
Both sides will come out all guns blazing to get an early lead in the series that will be a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2020-2023.
“Have seen my chachu play here, very excited”- Imam-ul-Haq ahead of his first match in Multan for Pakistan against West Indies
The home conditions will favour Pakistan. They will also look to draw inspiration from their successful campaign in the West Indies. Pakistan is expected to come out on top in the first ODI.
Prediction: PAKISTAN TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.