After the one-sided T20I series, West Indies are ready to take on Pakistan at home for a three-ODI series. Starting Friday with the first ODI at Guyana’s Providence Stadium, this series will be West Indies’ chance to make it even with Pakistan before they head to the contest of the longest format. Pakistan will have the psychological edge after the 3-1 thrashing. Pakistan had earlier defeated West Indies in both ODIs and T20Is in the previous season in UAE, and will look to replicate that performance. Before the two teams kick-start the 50-over journey, here are some key clashes that can be expected during the match. Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI at Guyana
Evin Lewis vs Ahmed Shehzad: It is the battle between two equals. Shehzad is one of the most experienced names in the Pakistan side, and the onus of providing the team a solid start lies upon him. Lewis has a similar job to do for West Indies. Both have scored good runs in the T20Is, and it will be interesting to see who proves to be more beneficial for their side.
Chadwick Walton vs Mohammad Aamer: Of the West Indies players, Walton has been a consistent performer recently. Opening the innings, Walton fought alone for West Indies in the fourth T20I, scoring a 31-ball 40. Aamer is aware of Walton’s heroics, and will look to get rid of the batsman early on in Friday’s fixture.
Jason Mohammed vs Shadab Khan: One of the most explosive middle-order batsmen in the West Indies line-up, Jason Mohammed will be the hosts’ hope to score runs in bulk. One player who can stop his run has to be Pakistan’s new spin sensation Shadab Khan. After a brilliant performance in the T20I series with 10 wickets from 4 T20Is, Pakistan will hope Shadab to shine once again in the ODIs.
Imad Wasim vs Jason Holder: Jason Holder came into the team as a pacer, but the captain has evolved into a strong all-rounder as of now. Whenever the batting has failed to fire, Holder took up the responsibility and emerged as the hero. On the other hand is Imad who has gradually cemented his spot in the side with his all-round game. His knocks came in under pressure and his economical bowling is something Pakistan needs at the moment.
West Indies vs consistency: Moreover, the series will be a test for West Indies who have been battling long to find consistency. Since the victory in ICC World T20 2016, the team has failed to put up any impactful performance in any series, and it is high time they get into the winning habit.