Pakistan’s first World Cup win against West Indies outside Asia came in 1999 while the teams didn’t face each other in 2003. It was an easy win for West Indies at home in the 2007 edition while Pakistan returned the favour with a 10-wicket drubbing of the Caribbean team in 2011. However, West Indies managed to add one more to their wins tally against Pakistan in World Cups, securing a 150-run victory in 2015 to extend their record to 7-3.The West Indies of the old, led by Clive Lloyd, were an unstoppable force but they had to work hard in two semifinal encounters with Pakistan putting up spirited performances.
A three-match winning streak was snapped in 1987 when Pakistan secured a narrow one-wicket win thanks to Abdul Qadir’s heroics in Lahore. West Indies quickly put that loss behind them by as they secured a comfortable win in Karachi, which was followed by a 10-wicket victory in Melbourne. Pakistan’s first World Cup win against West Indies outside Asia came in 1999 while the teams didn’t face each other in 2003. It was an easy win for West Indies at home in the 2007 edition while Pakistan returned the favour with a 10-wicket drubbing of the Caribbean team in 2011.
They certainly won’t die wondering. Chris Gayle, once he’s got his eye in, and Andre Russell, who scored 54 off 25 balls against New Zealand, bring all-out aggression and power to the party while Hope, a centurion in Bristol, and Darren Bravo add the finesse. Throw in the clean hitting abilities of Shimron Hetmeyer, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder and all bases are covered. It hasn’t always been that way over the past four years, of course with players not selected for either political reasons or their unavailability owing to T20 franchise commitments.
Pakistan’s bowlers would be forgiven for being apprehensive then, particularly after the shellacking they received in their recent series against England. They conceded 1,424 runs across the four completed innings and often looked clueless as to how to stop Eoin Morgan’s men. They do, however, have leg-spinner Shahdab Khan back after illness ruled him out of the England series. With his variation and ability to both take wickets and keep the runs down, it cannot be overstated how vital he is for his country’s chances. Pakistan cannot win this tournament unless he has a stormer.