West Indies are geared up to start their World Test Championship 2021-23 campaign hosting Pakistan for a two-test match series starting at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, from Aug 12, 2021. The last time Pakistan visited the Caribbean, they took the three-Test series 2-1.
West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test 2021
Team News for West Indies
Pacer Chemar Holder and middle-order batter Shemar Brooks have been added to the West Indies roster. Brooks, whose form has been outstanding in the domestic circuit, will add some balance to the struggling top-order. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, and Shai Hope will fill the top-order spots. But it’s Roston Chase who will be the centre of attraction as he had an outstanding series against Pakistan the last time with 403 runs and 6 wickets.
Likely playing 11 of West Indies
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Kyle Myres, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua de Silva (WK), Kemar Roach, Roston Chase, Jayden Seales, Chemar Holder
Team News for Pakistan
Pakistan have strengthened their bowling unit by bringing Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah in along with the leg-spinner Yasir Shah. Shah was the leading wicket-taker against WI in the last series with 25 wickets, including three 5-fers. Abbas, who was left out of the squad in the last two series, is making a comeback following his amazing run in County Championship for Leicestershire. Babar Azam, who has been struggling with his Test form with only 87 runs in 4 innings against South Africa, will resume his role as the skipper.
Likely playing 11 of Pakistan
Babar Azam (C), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather is expected to be partly cloudy on day one, followed by rain and thunderstorms. The pitch is expected to favour pacers.
West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test 2021 Betting Predictions
Match Result Prediction
Looking at the squad depth and head-to-head stats between these two sides, Pakistan have an upper edge over West Indies to win the first Test.
Winner: Pakistan (2.20)
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Best Player of the Match Prediction
Pakistan’s star batsman, Babar Azam, is touted to be the best player of the match. He averages 81 in the two innings at Kingston with a half-century and a not-out.
Best Player of the Match: Babar Azam (7.5)
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Most Match Sixes Prediction
Hitting sixes is the thing West Indian players are good at. They always look to clear the ropes no matter the format of the game.
Most Match Sixes: West Indies (1.832)
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Any player scoring 100 or more runs Prediction
Since it is a Test match, a hundred is expected from one of the batters. Roston Chase had 2 centuries in the last series against Pakistan. Babar Azam would also be looking to get his 1st century after a gap of 16 months.
Any player scoring 100 or more: Yes (1.07)
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Team to Lead after first innings Prediction
Pakistan have a high chance of getting a lead after the first innings. West Indies have not crossed the 200 run mark in their last two Tests. Therefore, the odds favour Pakistan to take the lead after the first innings.
Team to lead after 1st innings: Pakistan (1.74)
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Highest Opening Partnership Prediction
West Indies’ openers have good coordination with each other. Additionally, they are playing in home conditions. The Pakistani pacers, on the other hand, might struggle a bit to get used to the Caribbean conditions early on.
Highest Opening Partnership: West Indies (1.83)
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