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Can Pakistan counter Gayle challenge at Nottingham?

Can Pakistan counter Gayle challenge at Nottingham?

If the warm-up games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament revealed anything then it was the notion of not taking any team lightly for the mega-event. West Indies came into the tournament as one of least expected units to make it to the final four but their belligerence in home series against England along with sparkling show against New Zealand moved teams to have second thoughts about them.

One of the major reasons of the recent success of West Indies is their opening batsman Chris Gayle who seems to be in monstrous form ahead of the all-important World Cup opener against Pakistan. In the last 5 ODI innings, the belligerent striker is averaging approximately 100. To make the picture even more scary for the green shirts, the 39-year old smashed 44 sixes which allowed him to score at a brisk strike-rate of 130.10.

Considering the flat track and short boundaries of Nottingham, it is only natural to say that Pakistan will have to uproot the Jamaica born as soon as possible. However, the battle won’t be won as the West Indian team is full of powerful strikers who can change the course of game in a space of few overs. Moreover, Pakistan contains a sturdy bowling line-up ready to test the Caribbean boys which augments the charm of the clash. The two unpredictable teams will lock horns on May 31.