Pakistan, West Indies set for ODI final showdown


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Pakistan and West Indies are all set to face each other in the final of the three-match One Day International (ODI) today (Tuesday) at  Providence Stadium in Guyana.

Both teams will be eyeing to book direct spot at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.

However, this alone is unlikely to satisfy their legion of fans, many of whom had been expecting the series against a significantly weakened West Indies side to be a cakewalk.

Instead, it has become a bit of a dogfight, and anything less than a win for Pakistan to protect a proud 26-year unbeaten series record against their hosts would be seen as a failure.

While the hosts chased down 309 in the opening ODI to take a lead, and Pakistan restricted them at 208 in the following match to register a 74-run win to draw level.

In a crucial match for both sides, here are the likely XIs for both the teams before they face each other for the last time before the Test series.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Kamran Akmal, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan

West Indies (possible): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton, 3 Kieran Powell, 4 Shai Hope (wk), 5 Jason Mohammad, 6 Jonathan Carter, 7 Jason Holder (capt), 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Miguel Cummins/Shannon Gabriel