Prime News, International Sport, Cricket, London (United Kingdom), May 31:- Pakistan and West Indies, two most unpredictable sides, will take on each other in their first cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday. With much relief to Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan, frontline paceman Mohammad Amir has been declared fit and he is likely to feature in Pakistan’s playing 11.
Jason Holder-led West Indies made the intentions clear right from their warm-up fixture against New Zealand where the Caribbeans scored a massive 421 runs and on the other hand Pakistan were stunned by Afghanistan in their warm up match and their second, against Bangladesh, was washed out without a ball bowled.
Pakistan, who has lost their last 10 ODIs including a 5-0 whitewash by Australia and 4-0 thumping by England, didn’t have the most ideal preparation for the showpiece event. Pakistan have only won three times in 10 World Cup matches against the two-time world champions, including a thumping 150-run loss at Christchurch in 2015.
Plenty of cloud cover is forecast, so the temperature is likely to be cool. The Nottingham pitch is expected to be favourable for batting so teams would expect big total. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)