Pakistan vs West Indies: Third T20 Preview

Batsman faces bowler in front of packed cordon

The West Indies will be looking to salvage a bit of pride when they face Pakistan in the third and final T20 International on Tuesday evening. 

With the series triumph wrapped up on the back of another convincing win in the second T20I, Pakistan have the chance to record their third bilateral whitewash over the West Indies in the shortest format.

The Windies, severely depleted by the absence of several stars, are struggling to gain ground in Karachi, where a consolation victory will more than likely evade them.

Pakistan v West Indies | Tuesday, 3 April | National Stadium, Karachi | 17:00

To Win Match
Pakistan 2/13
Tie 35/1 
West Indies 9/2

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While slightly more challenged than they were in the series opener, Pakistan were again thorough in dismantling the West Indians on Monday. They've gathered an impressive habit of posting 180- and 200-plus totals - and will be eager to continue this at a venue that is being very kind to them.

The early loss of Fakhar Zaman - and the over or two that followed - threatened to hamper the Pakistanis in the second match. Babar Azam, well partnered by Hussain Talat, though, quickly got things back on track. Talat has been the find of the series - and a third consecutive telling contribution will cement that coveted number three berth.

While the Windies have missed a beat in not deploying more spin, Pakistan's plans with the slower stuff will again be key. Dew continues to play its moist part, throughout both innings - and the hosts' ability to grip and control the ball despite its dampness should assert their authority over the Windies. If the ball doesn't turn, it'll at least skid.

There is still so much to be said about Pakistan's superiority in the field, too. They've led by example, heeding coach Mickey Arthur's insistence they improve - and quickly. The men in maroon, meanwhile, have been largely inadequate in the wake of a slew of costly misfields and the occasional dropped catch. 

West Indies
The visitors' approach in the second game was an interesting one. With the ball, they chose to restrict rather than strike and, with the bat, they initially opted to conserve wickets rather than plunder runs. The balance wasn't achieved either way - and finding it will be top of the agenda this time.

Their spin-bowling department genuinely missed the injured Veerasammy Permaul, while seamers Kesrick Williams and Keemo Paul varied their pace and lengths well, respectively. Paul, though, has to bowl with thirdman outside the circle if he is going to continue to explore the wider yorker option. 

The veteran Marlon Samuels will get a third and final chance to deliver a big innings this series. He threatened in the middle match of this three-fixture affair, but - like Chadwick Walton Denesh Ramdin - has to convert to lager totals after finding promising starts. The same must be said of stand-in captain Jason Mohammed.

The tourists will probably want to return to Samuel Badree with the new ball as well. Why he didn't open the bowling in the second T20I is rather inexplicable. His entire T20I career has banked on this - and he was far less efficient as a first-change bowler on Monday. This, if it happens, should duly put the pressure back on the Pakistan batsmen. 

Verdict: Pakistan 2/13
Despite a momentary late-innings flourish during Monday's pursuit, the West Indians haven't really shown enough to suggest they'll turn it around in the third and final encounter.

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Written by Jonhenry Wilson for Hollywoodbets

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