Two of the most inconsistent sides, both equally blessed with the same explosive potential in international cricket open what should be an unpredictable World Cup when hosts West Indies face Pakistan at Sabina Park today.
The two sides have fought some epic battles in the past, including twice being involved in one-wicket victories, in 1975 when West Indies won, and in 1987 when Pakistan triumphed.
Brian Lara’s men had been showing signs of improvement in recent months but Friday’s nine-wicket warm-up defeat to India was a reminder that they are a team that can easily press the self-destruct button.
Lara was one of only three batsmen to make double figures as his team were skittled out for just 85 and the skipper conceded his team had a “chronic” tendency towards batting collapses.
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