Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have only been bit-part players for the West Indies at the Cricket World Cup to date, but their experience could help edge past Pakistan in the quarter finals.
The West Indies are underdogs at 13/8 in the Cricket World Cup betting to beat Pakistan and if it was not for batting collapses in the middle order of their last Group B games with England and India, they would not be coming into the clash on a two-game losing streak.
Chanderpaul was dropped from both of these defeats because of an apparent loss of form, as he has failed to register a half century in the last nine months.
However, his calm head and experience is likely to ensure he regains his place, while Gayle has recovered from an abdominal strain to ensure there is plenty of attack at the top of the order.
Meanwhile, also in the West Indies’ favour is that they have already shown a likeness for the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, bowling out Bangladesh for 58 at the ground during the group stages.
Pakistan will be high on confidence after surprisingly finishing above Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the top of Group A.
This has been largely due to the bowling of the tournament’s leading wicket taker Shahid Afridi, who will be looking to build on his 17 scalps against the West Indies.
Pakistan’s betting odds are 1/2 to beat the West Indies, which would condemn the latter to a 19th consecutive defeat when playing one of the sport’s so called leading nations.
Afridi is 3/1 in the Cricket World Cup odds to be Pakistan’s top wicket taker against the West Indies, while Chanderpaul is 5/1 to mark his return to action by being his team’s top runscorer in the quarter final.
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