The 3 match series is at a level now with both team winning a game each. The series decider game will commence in the same stadium of Guyana on 11th April. While West Indies have not won a bilateral series against Pakistan since 1991, Pakistan have been Victorious in the last two series against West Indies. The winning in the decider game will not only provide teams with series victory but also give them chances of qualifying to the world cup directly with ranking points.
Pressure will be more on West Indies than on Pakistan as West Indies is currently ranked 9th and they will have to increase it if they want to be qualified for the world cup directly. The present scenario of ICC Rankings is West Indies with a series win will get to 85 points while Pakistan will slide down by 1 point to 88 points. And on the other hand if Pakistan secure a win they will get to 90 points while West Indies will slide back to 82 points. West Indies will have to keep in mind that they have 9 more ODI before directly qualifying date to world cup 2019.
While Ashley Nurse and Jason Mohammad shaped victory for West Indies in the first ODI, Babar Azam and Hasan Ali scripted victory for their team in the second ODI. Jason Holder was at his best in second ODI in both bowling and batting. The spin sensation Shadab Khan have not shine the way he is used to in the twenty twenty international.
Where: Providence Stadium, Guyana
What to expect: little expectations of rain is there and the game is on the same pitch so there is chances of slowing down.
West Indies: LWLLL
West Indies: Veeraswamy Permaul has been named as a replacement for Shannon Gabriel who was seen suffering from hamstring in the second ODI. However his right choice replacement will be Miguel Cummins who have not been seen in previous two ODI.
West Indies (possible): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton, 3 Kieran Powell, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Jason Mohammad, 6 Jonathan Carter, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Miguel Cummins/Shannon Gabriel
Pakistan: Pakistan may stick to the same side which won them the game. Junaid Khan came as the replacement for Wahab Riaz and was good with the ball.
Pakistan (possible): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
Players in the spotlight:
Shoaib Malik: With 124 runs needed to complete his 6000 runs he will be eyeing a good score while batting.
Evin Lewis: Being a flopper after his 91 in the T20I, he would love to score some runs under his belt.
Stats and trivia:
- Pakistan’s record in bilateral series deciders since 2003 has been quite poor. In 14 series-deciding final matches, they have lost 12 and won just 2 – both against Zimbabwe.
- Babar Azam has the most runs (1306) after 25 ODIs by any batsman. The previous highest was by Jonathan Trott, who scored 1280 runs in the same period.