Pakistan v West Indies 1st ODI Fortune Cup Pakistan team might not have played much cricket off late but they couldn't have got a better opportunity than this to get back into the groove. While West Indies are a capable side, if Pakistan team manage their resources well, they are easily the favourites. Pakistan will be looking to Shoaib Akhtar to lead their attack which looks a balanced one. They might pick Shoaib, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Saeed Ajmal as specialist bowlers while Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik can alternate for the fifth bowler. In batting, opener Nasir Jamshed had to picked out out just before the team's departure due to illness and has been replaced by Khurram Manzoor who will have an opportunity to showcase his talents at the biggest stage. Muhammad Yousuf's exit will have an impact on the balance of the batting line but its now to others to shoulder the burden. Both skipper Shoaib Malik and vice captain Misbah-ul-Haq will have to be more consistent in their scoring. Opener Salman Butt will also have an important role to play. West Indies on the other hand are a capable side and will be on a high coming straight from winning the Stanford 20-20 match against England at home. But much like Pakistan, the West Indians are also often inconsistent in their performances. Chris Gayle will be a force to reckon with at the top of the order with his flashing strokes which can easily deflate any opposition attack. And then in the middle order they have the solidity and experience of Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan which will hold them together. The West Indian bowling line looks a bit thin with only Jerome Taylor and Darren Powell being the two bowlers with some experience otherwise there are new faces in the ranks. The match can be a close fight given the almost equal talents of both sides. Pakistanis are a bit suspect in batting and the West Indies can be grey in bowling. The pitch is bound to help batsmen and a quick outfield will help fast scoring. Very little separates the two teams and the fans can expect a close and exciting contest today.