How did they warm up
Jason Holder’s West Indies have displayed mixed form in the lead-up to the tournament, but they certainly caught fire in their warm-up win over New Zealand, an elongated order amassing a mammoth total of 421 at Bristol.
Pakistan’s dismal run in ODIs has been well-documented and they also lost a warm-up fixture against Afghanistan last week. However, head coach Arthur is confident his side will benefit from the fact they have played in England for several weeks ahead of the tournament.
What they says
Jason Holder: “One thing I like coming into this tournament is that every player is in a good frame of mind. Everybody is playing with a smile on their face, and I think that’s how we play our best cricket.”
Sarfraz Ahmed: “I think it’s good to be unpredictable. All teams are scared because of Pakistan. At the end of the day, the Pakistan team is very dangerous.”
Facts before match
Pakistan have won seven of their last nine ODIs against the West Indies, including their previous two meetings (both in April 2017).
West Indies have managed to win five of their six completed ODI games played at Trent Bridge (L1) whilst Pakistan have suffered three defeats on the bounce at the Nottingham venue heading into this contest.
Babar Azam has struck hundreds in four of his six ODI knocks against West Indies. He needs one more century to equal Brian Lara’s record of five centuries in ODIs between West Indies and Pakistan.