World Cup: Six players to watch out for in West Indies vs Pakistan match

West Indies will take on Pakistan in their opening match of the World Cup on May 31 at Trent Bridge 

Babar Azam

Azam, the 24-year-old has been a consistent run-getter for Pakistan.

He's going into the first match for Pakistan with a century in the warm-up match against Afghanistan.

Azam is the strongest pillar in the Pakistan batting line-up and getting him out will be crucial for the West Indies.

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Shai Hope

Hope will go into West Indies' first match scoring 101 off 86 in the warm-up game against New Zealand.

He looked in immaculate touch and played an innings of class to set up a platform for big hitters like Andre Russell to come and finish in style. 

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Shoaib Malik

Malik is an experienced campaigner for Pakistan, having played 282 matches.

He hit crucial 44 runs in the warm-up match against Afghanistan where all the other Pakistan batsmen struggled to get runs.

His composed middle order batting will be important for Pakistan to succeed in their first match.

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Andre Russell

Russell is carrying forward his batting form from the Indian Premier League to the World Cup.

He hit a flashy half-century off just 25 balls, which came in handy for the Windies to pose a total of 421.
 

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Wahab Riaz

Riaz, who was named in the Pakistan World Cup squad just on the brink of the World Cup warm-up games, is a veteran pace machine.

Amidst all the speculation on his exclusion, he performed well in the warm-up game and picked up 3 wickets for 46.

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Chris Gayle

Gayle, the veteran opener for the Windies, is unstoppable if he gets going.

Pakistan will have to look for ways to get his wicket early as if they fail, Gayle will unleash his prowess to take the game away from them.
 

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