West Indies and Pakistan will square off in a crucial Group B clash of the ICC T20 World Cup 2023 on 19th February at Boland Park, Paarl.
West Indies ended a 15-match losing streak when they defeated Ireland by 6 wickets in their third match of the group stage. Laura Delany won the toss and chose to bat first. Ireland put on a fighting total of 137 on the board. West Indies took their time and eventually chased down the total with a ball to spare and 6 wickets in hand.
Skipper Hayley Matthews led from the front and scored an unbeaten 53-ball 66 to take her team home. She also picked up a wicket with the ball. Shamilia Connell was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 3 wickets. With heavy defeats against England and India, West Indies started looking down the barrel. This was a much-needed win for the Windies as they remain mathematically in with a shout to reach the knockouts if other results fall in place.
Pakistan bounced back against Ireland after losing to arch-rivals India in their opening fixture. Opening batter Muneeba Ali starred with the bat as she scored the first hundred of the tournament. Her innings helped Pakistan pile up a formidable total of 165 on the board. The Pakistani bowlers bundled out Ireland for just 95 to win the match by 70 runs. Nashra Sandhu was the wrecker-in-chief as she picked up 4 wickets in her quota of 4 overs while giving away just 18 runs.
Nida Dar and Sadia Iqbal also bowled well and picked up a couple of wickets each. The huge margin of victory has certainly lifted the net run rate of the Bismah Maroof-led side and they can entertain thoughts of reaching the knockouts. However, they can ill afford slip-ups from hereon.
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Match Details, Live Streaming, When and Where To Watch
Date: February 19, 2023, 6:30 pm IST
Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
Live Streaming: The ICC T20 World Cup 2023 will be streamed live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar.
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Pitch Report, Weather Forecast
4 matches have been played so far in the tournament in Paarl. The team batting first has won a couple of matches while two matches have been won by the chasing team. Runs have been scored by top teams like England and Australia but wickets have also fallen. It shows that the pitch has offered help for batters as well as bowlers.
There is little chance of rain in Paarl towards the end of the ICC T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and the West Indies. However, it is expected to have a shower and that might not impact the game. The temperature, meanwhile, will be around 30 degrees Celsius. But it is likely to come down to 25 degrees Celsius towards the end of the match.
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Head to Head
West Indies lead the head-to-head scoreline by a comfortable 13-3 margin against the team from Asia.
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Key Players
Hayley Matthews: The batting all-rounder has led the team from the front. She is just 24 but has a lot of experience under her belt and is always trying to put her best foot forward. Matthews is the top scorer for her side so far in the tournament and will hope to continue her good form against Pakistan
Shamilia Connell: The right-arm fast bowler ruffled the feathers of the Irish top order and will look to continue in the same vein against Pakistan. She has a good record against Pakistan in T20Is, picking 12 wickets in 11 matches. This is the highest number of wickets taken by her against any opposition.
Muneeba Ali: The left-handed batter played a breathtaking knock against Ireland and will once again hold the key at the top of the order. She has the technique required on South African pitches and could cause a lot of trouble once she gets her eye in.
Nashra Sandhu: The 25-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler has bamboozled opponents with her guile. She has picked up three wickets in each of the two matches she played in the tournament thus far. West Indies will have to handle her threat tactfully.
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Probable Playing XIs
West Indies Playing XI: Hayley Matthews(c), Shemaine Campbelle(w), Zaida James, Chinelle Henry, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Aaliyah Alleyne, Karishma Ramharack, Rashada Williams, Trishan Holder, Shabika Gajnabi
Pakistan Playing XI: Muneeba Ali(w), Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof(c), Nida Dar, Tuba Hassan, Ayesha Naseem, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Aiman Anwer, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Squads
West Indies: Hayley Matthews (c), Shemaine Campbelle (w), Stafanie Taylor, Shakera Selman, Chinelle Henry, Shamilia Connell, Afy Fletcher, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Rashada Williams, Shabika Gajnabi, Aaliyah Alleyne, Trishan Holder, Zaida James, Djenaba Joseph
Pakistan: Bismah Maroof(c), Nida Dar, Tuba Hassan, Javeria Khan, Ayesha Naseem, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Muneeba Ali(w), Aiman Anwer, Sidra Nawaz, Omaima Sohail, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal, Sadaf Shamas, Sidra Ameen
ICC T20 World Cup 2023: West Indies vs Pakistan, Match 16 – Dream11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Muneeba Ali
Batters: Bismah Maroof, Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor, Ayesha Naseem
All-rounders: Hayley Matthews(c), Nida Dar(vc), Chinelle Henry
Bowlers: Nashra Sandhu, Karishma Ramharack, Sadia Iqbal