West Indies and Pakistan is set to lock horns in the third One-Day International (ODI) on Tuesday, 11 April at the Providence Stadium in Guyana as the final ODI will decide the winner of the series which is locked at 1-1.
The series win is very important for both the teams as their ICC 2019 World Cup qualification is on a stake. Pakistan will stay at the eighth position in the ICC rankings even if they lose the series but they will be very disappointed if they do so as they are playing against a weak West Indies outfit.
Pakistan came into the 1st ODI as the outright favourites against a weak West Indies squad. Men in Green started the match pretty well by scoring a total 308 for the loss of 5 wickets with hefty contributions from Ahmed Shahzad(67), Kamran Akmal(47), Mohammad Hafeez(88) and Shoaib Malik(53).
But in reply, West Indies shocked Pakistan with brilliant performances from Jason Mohammed who scored 91 off just 58 balls and Ashley Nurse scoring a quick fire 34 as they held their nerves in the final overs and steered the home team to victory by 4 wickets with an over to spare. This was West Indies’ first-ever 300+ successful run chase in ODIs and Pakistan’s fifth defeat while defending 300.
In the second ODI, West Indies came into the match looking very confident and put Pakistan again to bat first as they looked to chase down a total once again to seal the series. But Pakistan hit back strongly after the disappointing defeat in the first game with Babar Azam scoring a brilliant unbeaten 125 off 132 balls that took Pakistan to a good total of 282 on a pitch that had a lot of help for the pacers.
But this time, West Indies started their inning horribly as they looked to over attack the Pakistani seamers and found themselves 6-75 in only 18 overs. Even late efforts from Ashley Nurse and Jason Holder couldn’t redeem the innings as the hosts were bowled out for just 208 in the 45th over with Hasan Ali taking a fifer as Pakistan levelled the series 1-1 with a strong all-round performance.
Pakistan will be looking to do the same in the 3rd ODI as they look to protect 26-year unbeaten series record against the hosts tonight. The onus will again be on youngster Babar Azam as out of the five centuries he has scored in his ODI career, four of them have come against the West Indies.
On the other hand, West Indies will be looking to break the 26-year jinx against Pakistan. Their onus will be on the openers as they have failed to provide a solid start for the home team as the best they have managed to score in the series is just 23 and the middle order has not fired as well. But they will take confidence from the fact that since 2003, in the last 14 series-deciding final matches, Pakistan have lost 12 and won just 2 – both against Zimbabwe.
A win for West Indies will get them up to 85 points and Pakistan down by one point to 88. A Pakistan victory will see them climb to 90 points while West Indies will slip considerably, to 82 points in the ICC ODI rankings.
Where to Watch Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd ODI Live Streaming
West Indies vs Pakistan 3rd ODI is scheduled to start at 7 pm IST, 6.30 pm Pakistan, 1.30 pm GMT. Here are the live streaming and TV options.
India – TV: Ten 1 HD, Ten 3.
Pakistan: TV: PTV Sports. Live streaming: PTV Sports live
UK: TV: Sky Sports Mix. Live Streaming: Sky Go
Likely Playing XI:
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (c&wk), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Aamer, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton, Kieron Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder (c), Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shanon Gabriel