The West Indies have secured the ODI series victory on their tour with a commanding win in the second ODI clash, and now they’re aiming to carry forward the momentum to clinch a whitewash against the hosts, Pakistan. Pakistan, however, is determined to bounce back and salvage some pride before heading into the T20Is. Expect a gripping battle between these two sides in the upcoming match.

Team Previews:

Pakistan: In the previous match, Pakistan posted 224 runs batting first, with Muneeba Ali (65) and Sidra Ameen (50) providing a solid start. However, their middle order faltered, failing to capitalize on the platform set by the openers. Captain Nida Dar’s impressive bowling figures of 4/52 were a highlight, but the team needs a more disciplined effort from their batting unit to post competitive totals.

Key Players: Fatima Sana, Nida Dar, Muneeba Ali

West Indies: Led by captain Hayley Mathews’ 43 at the top, West Indies chased down the target in a thrilling final ball finish. Shemaine Campbelle (53) and Stefanie Taylor (73) were instrumental in the middle overs. Their bowlers, especially the spin trio of Mathews, Karishma Ramharack, and Afy Fletcher, restricted Pakistan to 224 and ensured victory.

Key Players: Hayley Mathews, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry

Predicted Playing XIs:

Pakistan: Sidra Ameen, Bismah Mahroof, Muneeba Ali, Nida Dar, Aliya Fiaz, Tuba Hassan, Najiha Alviz, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Iqbal, Fatima Sana, Diana Baig

West Indies: Hayley Mathews, Rashada Williams, Afy Fletcher, Shemaine Campbelle, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Aliyah, Zaida James, Shamilia Connell, Stephanie Taylor, Karishma Shamarack

Pitch and Weather Conditions:

Karachi is expected to host bright and sunny weather with no delays anticipated. The pitch, known for its slow nature, might favor spinners, especially with the new ball. Teams winning the toss are likely to opt to bat first, capitalizing on the used nature of the pitch.

Winning Prediction:

With a strong batting lineup and experienced bowlers, West Indies hold the edge. While Pakistan possesses capable players, West Indies’ dominance in both departments makes them favorites to clinch the match and seal the series with a 3-0 victory.

Prediction: West Indies to win the match

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