West Indies v Pakistan 12-8-21 Predictions: Can Babar Azam inspire a comfortable Pakistan win?

Match: West Indies v Pakistan

Date: 14th August 2021

Trends & Recent Form

After an absolute washout in the T20 series, the West Indies takes on Pakistan in a 2 match series. Pakistan won the T20 series 1-0 after 3 of the matches were called off due to the weather with less than 10 overs played.

This is the first international match on the Sabina Park pitch in 2 years! 

West Indies Test Form

West Indies Cricket logo

Test ranking: 7th
Top players
  • Top Batsman: 44th Jermaine Blackwood
  • Top Bowler: 11th Jason Holder
  • Top all-rounder: 1st Jason Holder
Latest stats and trends
  • The last test series for the West Indies was a 2-0 loss to South Africa. They will be looking to put that behind them and do better on the home Sabina Park wicket. This should suit them better. 
  • Shannon Gabriel has pulled out through injury and will miss both matches.
  • Shamarh Brooks and Chemar Holder have been called up to the squad. Holder is an interesting fast bowler and could go into the attack alongside 19-year-old Jayden Seales. Seales showed his potential in the last series and it will be good to get another look at him to see how he does. He is a player with lots of potential. 

Pakistan Test Form

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Test ranking: 5th
Top players
  • Top Batsman: 10th – Babar Azam
  • Top Bowler: Tied 15th Hasan Ali & Mohammad Abbas
  • Top all-rounder: None in the top 20 rankings
Latest stats and trends
  • Captain Babar Azam is the 10th highest-rated batsman in the world for test cricket and the top rate for T20 cricket. He is an all-around excellent batsman. He will be key to Pakistans chances in this match. 
  • So far this year Pakistan has won 2 test series. This started with a 2-0 win over South Africa in a competitive series. Their last series was a 2-0 over Zimbabwe where they won both matches by over an innings. They are playing well in the long format of the game in 2021. 
  • Shaheen Afridi returns to the team after being rested for the T20 series. This will be a boost to the side that are capable of causing the West Indies some serious problems. 

Match Prediction & Tips

The T20 series between these 2 teams did not give us enough of a look at the players. The West Indies should be stronger at home but they have not been playing well in test cricket this tear. They have struggled with their batting and the Pakistan attack will pose some serious questions for them. The form of Jason Holder could be key for the home team’s chances.

Pakistan seems to be playing well in test cricket, this is arguably one of the best Pakistan squads for a while. They have a strong batting lineup with Azam and Ali both in good form this year. Their bowling attack has some power in it too and they have also been playing well this year. Pakistan is a formidable opponent at the test level on the road. 

Match Prediction: Pakistan to win by over an innings. 

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