Pakistan defeated the West Indies by 63 runs in the opening Twenty20 match of the series, establishing its domination over the whole series. West Indies failed to put up a fight in the first round, and with less than 24 hours before the second match, it will be tough to turn the tide. They played the better cricket and will want to continue to do that.
The betting chances on Pakistan winning have dropped considerably since the first match, but this was to be anticipated given the nature of the format. A few encouraging hints were offered by the West Indies in the first match, but are the odds good enough to tempt you to take a shot at pulling off an upset here? Who will play the better live cricket now?
At the time of writing, Pakistan is a large favourite in this match, and it is clear to understand why. Their batting has continued to be dominant, as Mohammad Rizwan has maintained his incredible year in Twenty20 cricket with the team. His 78 was just a continuation of the excellent form he has been in, and we don’t think anybody would be able to dispute with anyone who believes he will be crowned “Top Batsman of Pakistan” once again after his 78. Babar Azam seems to have reached a snag, but he is a resilient individual who is capable of turning things around fast. Right now, we recommend that you just ignore him from a betting standpoint since he is not priced attractively enough to warrant placing a wager on him, and he is surely capable of turning in an outstanding performance at any time.
All of Pakistan’s top-order batsmen, including Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, and Iftikhar Ahmed, demonstrate how dangerous the Pakistani lineup can be.
Mohammad Wasim junior and Shadab Khan both took seven wickets in the opening match, which was the most among the bowlers. Because all of the bowlers are so talented, and because all of them are valued so tightly together, placing a bet on one of them may not be the best decision.
As a result of playing against Pakistan at home, the West Indies found it difficult to compete. In short, they lack the resources and ability in both spin and fast bowling that would be required to keep the Pakistani batsmen quiet. The performances of Romario Shepherd and Dominic Drakes were outstanding, but none of the bowlers was able to maintain the high level of pressure necessary at this level.
This is not something that is going to improve quickly, and as a result, West Indies should expect to struggle.
The batting of West Indies is unquestionably more threatening. Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Brandon King, and even Odean Smith are all capable of delivering a game-winning inning in the middle of the game. However, given the power of the Pakistani bowling attack in front of them, we do not believe that will be the case.
In terms of skill level, the West Indies squad is at least a couple of levels behind the Pakistani team, and there is no way to make up for that disadvantage.
Pakistan and West Indies have faced each other in 15 T20I’s. Pakistan have won 12 of them and West indies have won just 3.
For this match, we are placing a bet on the team from Pakistan to win. A weak West Indian squad should pose no problems for the Pakistan team, which we believe has a strong bowling lineup that can annihilate any opponent. As far as the batting order is concerned, Pakistan’s squad is rather formidable, particularly in the home, and thus defeating the West Indies should not be a problem.
Date and Time: 14th December 2021 @6:30 PM IST
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi