Cricket World Cup 2019: Day 2 lowdown - all you need to know about West Indies v Pakistan

Breaking down what to expect as Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan face Jason Holder-led West Indies in Nottingham

File photo dated 07-05-2019 of Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 30, 2019. Sarfraz Ahmed is embracing Pakistan's unpredictable nature ahead of a World Cup in which their build-up has once again been characterised by poor results and uncertainty behind the scenes. See PA story CRICKET Pakistan. Photo credit should read John Walton/PA Wire.
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What is it?

2019 World Cup group stage match

Who is playing?

West Indies v Pakistan

When is it?

Today, 1.30pm (UAE time) start

Where is it being played?

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

How to watch in UAE?

Tune in to OSN Sports Cricket HD or create an online account with Wavo for US$54 (a little less than Dh200). The account will provide customers access to two channels, OSN Cric Xtra 1 and OSN Cric Xtra 2.

What’s their head-to-head like?

Matches: 133

West Indies won: 70

Pakistan won: 60

Tied: 3

Form guide (past five games):

West Indies: LLWLW

Pakistan: LLLLL

Britain's Prince Harry meets  West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder, right, South Africa cricket captain Francois du Plessis, left, and and Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool photo via AP)

What they said:

Jason Holder, West Indies captain, on the players' frame of mind: "Everybody is playing with a smile on their face, and I think that's how we play our best cricket. We're fearless, we enjoy what we're doing and we enjoy one another's company. I can safely say within the group we've got that."

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain, on the likelihood of hefty team totals at the World Cup: "Cricket has changed. People used to think that 300 was a par score but it has changed. We will have different pitches in the World Cup so if a team scores 300-plus then the other team will also go for that."

Likely XIs:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.


Pakistan arrive at the competition having lost 10 matches on the bounce, but their batting line-up looks in good form after racking up 300-plus scores in four consecutive games against England. West Indies have a slight advantage in terms of form, and their batting is just as explosive, but the bowling is their Achilles heel. Pakistan's bowlers are short of confidence themselves but have a little more variety, and that could make a difference at the end of the day.

If the curator is to be believes, expect a run feast at Trent Bridge.