West Indies vs Pakistan Match Preview
After a dramatic tie in the last game, West Indies and Pakistan will now lock horns in the penultimate match of the 5 match ODI series, tomorrow. This 4th ODI will also be hosted at Gros Islet in Saint Lucia.
Will Gayle score a big one?
Pakistan were a better side for 97 overs of the previous game, but they panicked in the last three overs to allow West Indies tail to secure a tie, even when the Windies required 39 off the last 3 overs.
Jason Holder, not known for his batting in the international arena, showed his great batting skills, as he smoked 14 out of the last 15 runs required off the last over.
Pakistan need to learn that an over catious approach at the start of the innings, has been putting a lot of burden on the batsmen in the last 15 overs. A Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal onslaught at the end is not likely to happen in all the matches, so they need to build momentum from the start, tomorrow.
Haris Sohail's batting was one of the big positives in the last game, as he made decent 26 off 36 balls, before perishing to his favorite square cut. He needs to show more responsibility and play a big innings to impress the selectors, tomorrow.
Death bowling also remains a concern, and this issue needs to be addressed quickly, or else this weakness might cost Pakistan the series.
No change is expected in the lineup for tomorrow, as Junaid Khan and Haris Sohail proved their selection was correct.
West Indies, were the 2nd best side for most part of the last game, but flurry of boundaries from the tail allowed them to steal an unlikely tie, and thus they are reeling high on confidence.
Three concerns still remain for the West Indies, Chris Gayle has not been contributing in not even a single department be it bowling, batting or fielding. Kieron Pollard's batting has taken a nosedive, and Marlon Samuels has been a struggle in the middle overs.
If these issues are solved in the 4th ODI, West Indies might well take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the series. No changes are expected in the West Indies lineup, as another exciting contest looms tomorrow.