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More misery looms for Windies
West Indies take on Pakistan in the first of three one-day internationals on Friday and everything points to a victory for the Asians.
The Windies have just played Pakistan in four Twenty20 matches and came out of that series on the wrong end of a 3-1 score line.

The men from the Caribbean managed one victory and were second best by some distance in a couple of the games, and there is no reason to suggest that things will change when the format reverts to the 50-over game.

Prior to the T20 series, the West Indies lost 3-0 to England in a one-day series and it would be fair to say that confidence among the players is not exactly high as they prepare for Friday's opener.

Carlos Brathwaite, who led the T20 squad, has been dropped and will play in the IPL while the hosts will also be without the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo, as well as spin kings Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree.

Shannon Gabriel is back in the squad after recovering from his injury, while wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton returns for the first time since 2014 and Devendra Bishoo has also received the nod.

Expectations among the home fans will not be high as results prove they are in a trough at present as they also lost to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka back in November last year, and it is therefore no surprise they are n/a to pull off a shock victory.

The Windies are a frustrating team to follow for the fans as they are capable of beating most teams when they get things right but have also shown a lack of application in recent times.

Conversely, Pakistan, who are priced at n/a, are flying after their T20 success and look to have plenty of match-winners in their ranks.

Their batting has always been up and down but, in teen sensation Shadab Khan, they look to have unearthed a new superstar of the game.

The 18-year-old leg-spinner took wickets for fun in the recent T20s and West Indies’ batsmen could not deal with the skill of the youngster.

He will have six more overs up his sleeve this time around and there is every reason to suggest that the under-pressure home stars will succumb to his guile once again.

While it may seem like a low-key series, the Champions Trophy is now looming large on the horizon and Pakistan will be hoping to boost their confidence with as many wins as possible leading into the tournament.

But, it is open to question whether West Indies have the players to challenge Pakistan at Providence Stadium.

Recommended bet: Pakistan win n/a
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