Both the teams are out of the tournament but want to go back their home with fond memories as West Indies taking on Afghanistan at Headingley today. West Indies is having lots of positives in this tournament as their young guns Shai hope, Nicolas Pooran, and Shimron Hetmeyer have come hard in tandem. Carlos Braithwaite is an improved player now along with their talented pace bowling attack. They are the team to beat on their given day. With young players stepping up and senior players like Andre Russell and Chris Gayle are guiding their counterparts is a signal of positivity in the side. It will take some time for the players to get into the system and perform well. As far as the tournament is concerned Nicholas Pooran has been the revelation as he is the only West Indian batsmen to have 40+ average. With the kind of players, they are having in their squad West Indies will look to finish off the tournament in style.
Afghanistan on another hand has a terrific record against West Indies in recent times as they have won three out of last four matches they have played against each other. So they are having the psychological advantage but considering their current form it is going to be the uphill task when they are facing rampage West Indian side. Spin has been their major weapon and Rashid Khan is their key player but as far as this tournament is concerned Rashid Khan has been so ineffective in the tournament which caused them heavily. Their batsmen are getting starts but failed to convert them into big scores.
Both Afghanistan and West Indies are sharing a little cricketing history thanks to Afghanistan’s late entry into the international cricketing arena. So far both the teams have met against each other in 5 occasions and Afghanistan have won 3 out of them and West Indies have won a match. So history is in favor of Afghanistan but as far as current form is concerned they have to toil hard to earn a victory.
Expected playing XI:
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammed Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Noor Ali Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Players to watch out for:
Nicolas Pooran has been the revelation to the West Indies cricket as he is the only West Indian batsmen averages more than 40 in the tournament. His ability to rotate the strike and his ability to play a big innings makes him so special. He will look to repeat the same performance against Afghanistan in order to salvage pride.
Jason Holder is one of the terrific all-rounders in world cricket at the moment. He is among the runs as well as he is contributing heavily with the bat. He will look to play up to his potential to seal the match for his team.
Mohammed Nabi has been doing his job perfectly in the tournament. He is picking wickets at regular intervals and also scoring some useful runs with the bat. He definitely lacks support at another end. He is having a better record against West Indies so he will look to dominate the proceedings today.
Mujeeb ur Rahman:
This young leggie Mujeeb ur Rahman is living up to the expectations as he is picking wickets at initial overs and also coming hard against batsmen in middle overs which makes his bowling a treat to watch. He will look to repeat the same and take some early wickets which will help Afghanistan to stop West Indies.
West Indies with current form can pull off an easy victory but they have to be cautious about Afghanistan’s quality spin attack.
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