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Babar Azam-led side to bowl first against West Indies

— PCB

BARBADOS: Pakistan won the toss on Wednesday and decided to field first against West Indies in the first fixture of the four-match T20I series at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown.

This will be the sixth bilateral T20I series between the two teams. Pakistan have dominated the West Indies with wins in four out of the previous five T20I series.

West Indies won the one-off T20I match between the two sides in 2011, while Pakistan have held the upper hand since.

Overall, out of 14 T20I matches, Pakistan have maintained a stranglehold with 11 wins and a mere three defeats. Of these, seven matches have been staged in the West Indies, with Pakistan winning five and losing two.

In the 2018 T20I series that was staged at the National Stadium Karachi, Pakistan won the three-match series, 3-0.

The last time the two teams played a T20I series on the Caribbean soil was in 2017 with the visitors winning the four-match series 3-1.

In the latest ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, Pakistan are placed at the fourth spot with 261 points while the Kieron Pollard-led West Indies are placed seventh with 235 points.

In case of a clean sweep victory, Pakistan will jump to the third spot with 263 points.

Amongst the batters, Pakistan captain Babar Azam is currently ranked number two while his opening partner, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is ranked seventh. West Indies opener Evin Lewis is at number eight.

Fabian Allen, the West Indian left-arm-spinner is ranked number 10 among bowlers while Pakistan left-arm-fast Shaheen Shah Afridi is at the number 13 spot in the rankings for T20I bowlers.

The match will begin at 1900 PKT.

Squad:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jnr (debut), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir

Reserves: Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haris Rauf

West Indies: Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrel,

Reserves: Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Kevin Sinclair