West Indies vs Pakistan – 4th ODI – 2013 Series – Betting Predictions and Tips

The fourth match of the 5-match ODI series between the hosts West Indies and Pakistan is to be played at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia in West Indies. The match will be played on July 21, 2013 Sunday and will start at 7 PM IST. Both the teams have won one match each with the last match being a nerve cracking tie.

West Indies

The host team West Indies (WI) would be going high on confidence after winning the second match and able to tie the third match. Inspite of having great batsmen like Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard who are all capable of hitting big shots and able to dominate any bowling team of the world, the team could not score big as these players failed to score in the matches till now. However Lendl Simmons scoring 75 and Marlon Samuels scoring 46 in the previous tied match gave some hope to the dismal batting of the top order. We cannot forget that though these batsmen helped the team to come near the target, it was the bowler Jason Holder who helped WI to achieve a tie with crucial and timely 19 off 15 balls. In terms of bowling, Holder and Dwayne have been bowling well with two wickets taken in the previous match. Sammy and Kemar Roach have also picked one wicket each and have been bowling well. Lot would be expected from the classic off spinner Sunil Naraine to take more wickets and also control the scoring of the opposition.

Pakistan

Pakistan won the first match of the series but thereafter they have failed to keep the momentum losing the second and virtually the third as well. The team has some good batsmen like Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez in the top three batting positions and Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi in the middle order. The biggest surprise element has been Afridi who played superbly in the first match and not only scored superbly in first match but also took 7 wickets to demolish the West Indies batting. The bowling department has always been the highlight of the Pakistan team and they have probably one of the best bowling attacks currently. Bowling is led by two left handed fast bowlers, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan who took three and two wickets respectively in the last match. Spin department is led by the world’s one of the best off spinner currently, Saeed Ajmal alongwith Shahid Afridi and Hafeez who are lethal and capable of taking wickets at crucial intervals.

Our Prediction

Overall the West Indies team looks a good string batting team but their awful form till now has made the team to pay the price and have not been able to take the advantage of playing at the home grounds.

On the other hand, Pakistan has been superb and as usual pretty unpredictable and though they played superbly in the first match of the series, their next two performances were certainly below par.

It can be said that the contest is steaming up and this match should be interesting and we can say that it would be a contest between the Batting dynamites of West Indies and Lethal bowlers of Pakistan and it is very difficult to choose between the two.

We feel that Pakistan has a slight upper hand as they would come back strongly in this match to take a lead and so they are our favorite to win the match.

Winner: Pakistan, 1.73 @ Bet365.com