West Indies vs Pakistan: Winnable factors for first T20I
Sportsbet.io highlights the key factors that will decide who seals a win in the first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan.
Bat first or second
As seen in the WI vs AUS ODI series, the Kensington Oval is a venue that will pose a difficult time for batsmen. The first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan is expected to be a riveting contest and the toss-winning captain will look to bowl first.
Mohammad Rizwan is the odds-on favourite batsman heading into the first T20I between West Indies and Pakistan. The top-order batter has registered 509 runs in 10 matches, and he is well-placed to top score on Wednesday given he commands a strike rate of 139.07 in his last few games.
Chris Gayle is an undroppable figure in the West Indies unit, but his returns this year have been against his usual best. The 'Universe Boss', however, is favoured to strike back to form in the first T20I against Pakistan and showcase why he is still the most feared batter in the 20-overs format.
With 12 wickets in his last six games, Hasan Ali starts as the bowler to watch out in this fixture. The pacer is returning from an England series where he scalped seven wickets, and will be eager to register his 50th wicket in T20Is on Wednesday.
Words: William Paul