Pakistan Aims To Bounce Back After 3-0 ODI Series Loss Versus England

After England’s whitewash of Pakistan at home, the visiting team was eyeing a come-back in the following series of T20I matches. In the first match held on July 16th at Trent Bridge Nottingham, Pakistan came out guns blazing and scored their highest total ever T20I score on their way to winning the game by 31 runs. 

Azam Khan also made his T20I debut for Pakistan in that match. Liam Livingstone scored his first-ever century in T20I format and was named Player of the Match. He also got in the record books for the fastest fifty and fastest century ever scored by an English cricketer in T20I format from 17 balls and 42 balls, respectively.

In the second T20I match held on July 18th at Headingley Leeds, England swiftly re-established their dominance by winning this match by 45 runs. It was the first T20I match ever held at that venue. For this game, English cricketer Moeen Ali was named Player of the match. The final match was hard-fought, with the series tied at one-all, and both teams gave their best. 

However, England emerged triumphant, snatching the victory by only three wickets. The game was played at Old Trafford, Manchester, on July 20th. Jason Roy gave a sterling performance exhibiting nerves of steel to garner 64 runs and earn the title “Player of the Match.”

After this lackluster display in England, the Pakistan squad is scheduled to fly straight to the Caribbean to begin their West Indies tour. After observing all COVID precautions, they will face West Indies in a series of five T20I matches starting on July 28th, 2021. West Indies, who have just concluded their series of T20 and ODI matches against Australia, have been in erratic form, losing two out of their three ODI matches. However, they had earlier won four of their five T20I matches against Australia.

The Pakistan vs. West Indies 2021 series was initially planned to be five T20I matches, but this was later revised to four. Cricket West Indies made this change due to scheduling changes in fixtures for the West Indies vs. Australia ODI series which ended on July 26th. The scheduling changes were due to a positive COVID 19 test. As a result, the ODI series was given priority as it is part of the International Cricket Council’s ODI Super League.  

The first match in Pakistan vs. West Indies series will be held on July 28th at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The remaining fixtures will be held at Guyana National Stadium on July 31st, August 1st, and August 3rd, 2021. Babar Azam, the Pakistani captain, will be leading his squad against West Indies and hoping to shake off his team’s string of losses.

Pakistan has played the West Indies 14 times in T20 matches. Interestingly, they first played each other in 2011 in this format. West Indies won the first match by seven runs, but Pakistan has run riot over West Indies since then, winning 11 out of their 13 encounters in T20 cricket. Therefore, it should be smooth sailing for Pakistan if West Indies are unable to turn the tide.

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