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Pakistan vs West Indies 2018: 5 players with most wickets in Pak-WI T20Is

The list is dominated by spinners with Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir the only exception.

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Top 5 / Top 10 30 Mar 2018, 19:29 IST
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Sohail Tanvir is the only fast bowling representative in the Top 5

West Indies are set to tour Pakistan for a historic three-match T20I series beginning on April 1 and despite security concerns forcing the visitors to name a weakened 13-man squad for the matches to be played in Karachi, the series promises to be a cracker.

Pakistan are the most experienced side in T20 international cricket having played 123 matches till date and are currently the top-ranked side in the world in the format.

West Indies meanwhile have players who thrive in the format and, as their two World T20 triumphs prove, are a match for any side on their day.

West Indies and Pakistan have met each other 11 times in the T20 format with the latter holding the clear advantage, having won eight times.

The two sides first met at Gros Islet in April 2011 with the hosts emerging victorious by 7 runs but since then, Pakistan have been the dominant side.

Let's take a look at the five leading wicket-takers in T20I contests between the two sides starting with the only fast bowling representative in the lot.

#5 Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan) - 10 wickets

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33-year-old left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir has been around in international cricket for more than a decade, having made his debut in all three formats of the game for Pakistan in 2007.

Tanvir's awkward action does make him difficult to get away but he has not been a prolific wicket-taker in international cricket by any stretch of the imagination.

In T20I cricket, Tanvir has picked up 54 wickets from 57 matches at an average of 26.92. His record against the West Indies is remarkably better, having picked up 10 wickets from 8 matches at an average of 19.80.

However, he will not be able to add to his tally at present as he has not been picked for the three-match T20I series against West Indies. In fact, Tanvir's last appearance for Pakistan was against the very same opposition, back in April 2017.

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