West Indies and Pakistan set for T20 International at Kensignton Oval on Wednesday.
The pandemic has forced a greater flexibility in fixture scheduling upon teams, and this series gets underway a couple days after originally slated.
Pakistan might benefit from the extra time they have had to acclimatise to conditions.
West Indies vs Pakistan | First T20I | Wednesday 28 July 2021 | Kensignton Oval, Barbados | 16:00
To Win Match
West Indies 27/20
The West Indies have returned mixed results in their recent T20I series, first losing to South Africa before beating Australia comfortably.
They will likely start this series as slender favourites over a Pakistan team who struggled in England.
The Windies again welcome back their T20-only superstars but it has been their youngsters who have impressed so far.
It will be a series where the West Indies will be eager to outscore Pakistan and hope that the likes of Obed McCoy, Fabian Allen, and Hayden Walsh junior can keep the opponents top order in check.
Pakistan have established how dangerous they can be in T20I cricket but remain too inconsistent for their own fans liking.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who should open the batting, will be the key players for the tourists.
There remains pressure on the Pakistan team management who have been accused of picking flavour of the week players aqnd being influenced by social media.
Usman Qadir will have another shot at establishing himself as Pakistan’s lead wrist spinner in the T20I format while Imad Wasim should continue to send down his left-arm spin with the new ball.
Verdict: West Indies
The hosts have all the momentum.