BEST Pakistan vs West Indies Betting Tips

Pakistan vs West Indies betting tips first ODI 2022

Pakistan vs West Indies Betting Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back Pakistan at 1.6 in live betting with Betway (if they reach those odds).

Pakistan are just 1.3 to win here, with the West Indies 3.2.

Our first instinct about this match is that Pakistan really should win it.

After a few years of struggle in the ODI format, they’re looking strong now with Azam, Rizwan, Ul Haq and Zahman part of an excellent batting line-up, while Afridi, Rauf and Khan are just three of their top drawer bowlers.

Furthermore, Pakistan are up to fifth in the ICC rankings and up against a West Indies team down in ninth and who are recovering from poor results and the loss of former skipper Pollard, who was also an important player for them.

And as if that wasn’t all bad enough for the men from the Caribbean, they’ll also have to play in stifling heat.

But despite all that, we don’t want to be backing a team at just 1.3.

It’s very possible that the loss of an early Pakistan wicket if they bat first or a decent start for the Windies with the bat sees Pakistan reach the 1.6 mark in live betting.

If they do at any stage, then is the time to back them.

If they’re always ahead and never reach in-running odds of 1.6 then no harm done and you shouldn’t see it as a missed opportunity.

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Pakistan Recent Form

In the last 12 months Pakistan have played 12 times in ODIs and have won more than they’ve lost: six wins, five defeats and a tie.

They secured an excellent 2-1 in South Africa against the Proteas, a good 2-1 win over Australia at home and were 2-0 up at home to Zimbabwe before securing an extremely rare tie in the third game.

But last summer they were thrashed 3-0 by a second-string England side after a Covid outbreak so they haven’t had it all their own way.

Babar Azam has been in scintillating form at number three and now has 16 centuries and eighteen fifties to his name after just 86 matches, at an average of 59.

Imam Ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have also been in good form in ODIs over the last couple of years in this format.

Pakistan’s Likely XI

Ul Haq, Zaman, Azam, Ahmed, Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wasim, Rauf, Dahani.

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West Indies’ Recent Form

The Windies are fresh from beating the Netherlands 3-0 away from home, a much-needed win after what’s been a tough time for them in ODIs over the past two years or so.

Before that they’d lost 3-0 convincingly out in India and earlier in the year they suffered the embarrassment of losing 2-1 to Ireland at home. Worse still, they were up against an Irish side missing quite a few players.

Kieron Pollard resigned the captaincy and gave up international cricket altogether during the 2022 IPL so Nicholas Pooran is now in charge for both ODIs and T20Is.

The talented Shimron Hetmyer carries on missing out on fitness grounds.

Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd missed that Netherlands Series due to VISA issues but are available to play here.

West Indies’ Likely XI

Hope, Mayers, Brooks, Pooran, King, Shepherd, Bonner, Walsh, Hosein, Joseph, Seales.

Pakistan vs West Indies Head-to-Head

These two first played each other back in June 1975 and have faced off a total of 134 times.

And it’s the Windies who are in front on wins, with 71 to Pakistan’s 60. The Windies won each of their first seven ODIs played against the men in green.

Interestingly, there have been three ties in games between them.

Venue & conditions

This Series was originally meant to be played in Rawalpindi but has now been moved to Multan.

The reason for that is that Rawalpindi is very close to the capital Islamabad, where there are concerns that there might be political protests led by former Prime Minister (and ex Pakistan cricket captain) Imran Khan.

The biggest threat to players on both sides isn’t the wicket, but rather the heat.

It’s very rare for Pakistan to host matches in the middle of their summer but that’s the case here and temperatures are expected to reach the 40-degree mark, or higher. So it’s going to be hard work for all involved.

We have to go all the way back to 2008 for the last time an ODI was played here, a win over Bangladesh where Pakistan chased 211.

Shakib Al-Hasan, on the back of a super century, was a rare case of a man-of-the-match winner playing for the losing side.

Pakistan’s record is decent but not wonderful here at Multan: four wins and three losses. The West Indies beat them here in the only time they played at Multan, back in 2006.

Only once in seven matches has 300 been breached batting first (Pakistan in 2003 against Bangladesh) with anything around the 250-mark generally considered a good total batting first.

Author: Shawn Burton