Afghanistan has a chance to win a match in the World Cup if they don’t panic again as they did against India and Pakistan. Beating West Indies shouldn’t be a tough task as the Caribbeans are not in great form and Afghans have won 3 ODI against West Indies already.
Afghanistan should win the toss and bat first on a used pitch of Leeds where their spinners could trouble the West Indian batsmen. West Indies has already collapsed so many times while chasing a target in the current tournament. What Afghans need to keep in mind is that they can’t set a goal of less than 230 as West Indies is capable of chasing down small totals in no time.
West Indies were called as the dark horses of the world cup has certainly disappointed a lot of fans from all over the world. Too much brain fade during batting and absolute no plans in bowling cost them the matches. They would be hoping to win the last game of the tournament just like the way they win the first one.
Players to watch out
Rashid Khan, one of the most talented player, has the most disappointing tournament. He would be eager to show what he is capable of at least in the last match of the world cup.
Chris Gayle, playing his last international game, should expect some fireworks from his bat for one last time. He has most international sixes, and fans would be hoping to see some monster sixes from Gayle’s blade.
Afghanistan v West Indies in ODIs:
Overall: Matches 5, Afghanistan Won 3, West Indies Won 1, No Result 1
World Cup: Yet to play
Recent Form (most recent first): Afghanistan L L L L L, West Indies L L L L L
ICC Rankings: Afghanistan (10), West Indies (9)
Samiullah Shinwari has taken 45 wickets and needs five more to reach the 50 wickets milestone, and also the 1,000 runs/50 wickets milestone.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (capt), Aftab Alam, Asghar Afghan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari.
West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.