The first match of the three-match ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Multan Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, June 7. The match will start at 4:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Pakistan, whose last international assignment came against Australia a couple of months back, host a rather young West Indies side which will be without several first-team regulars. And so, a certain Nicholas Pooran has been given the opportunity to captain the side.
Pakistan vs West Indies odds for 1st ODI
West Indies: 2.90
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Pakistan vs West Indies recent form
Pakistan’s last assignment in the 50-overs format ended in a 2-1 home series win against Australia. After losing the first match by 88 runs, the Babar Azam-led side bounced back by winning consecutive matches to win the three-match series.
Interestingly enough, between July 2021 and March 2022, Pakistan have played just six ODI matches and the mentioned wins over Australia are the only positives they have in the format.
West Indies, on the other hand, are coming on the back of a 3-0 series win over the Netherlands. Before that, however, they lost 2-1 to Ireland in a three-match ODI series
Pakistan: W, W, L, L, L, L
West Indies: W, W, W, L, L, W
Pakistan vs West Indies head-to-head
Pakistan and West Indies have played a total of 134 ODI matches in the past, with the latter having won 71 of these. Pakistan have come out on top on 60 occasions. As many as three matches have been tied. In the last six head-to-head meetings, each side have won three matches each.
West Indies: 71
Pakistan vs West Indies prediction and cricket betting tips for 1st ODI
While West Indies have indeed enjoyed a better run of form in the 50-overs format recently, one cannot discount the fact that they will lack the much-needed experience of playing in the tricky Pakistani conditions.
As for the home team, there is absolutely no shortage of talent. In fact, they will be heading into the series with a fully-fit squad and will be the favourites.
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