Can Afghanistan beat West Indies in the ODIs?
Afghanistan will win the match!
West Indies took on Afghanistan in their first-ever full tour with 3 ODIS, 3 T20Is and a test match in India.
Afghanistan has grown in stature as an international team in the last 2-4 years and they will look to build on their momentum with impressive performances in this tour. Rashid Khan leads Afghanistan on this tour and this will be his first tour as a full-time captain in the ODIs.
West Indies team is on a decline in the last few years and they are looking to rebuild their team and arrest the slide. Kieran Pollard has been appointed as their captain for the limited-overs. Both Afghanistan and West Indies have new captains in charge of the team and this will be their first assignment.
Afghanistan team will look to end their WC2019 debacle where they lost all the 9 matches in a row. They are led by their spin sensation Rashid Khan and he is their full-time skipper in all formats. Experienced players Ashghar Afghan, Mohammed Nabi, Rahmat Shah, and Gulbadin Naib will form the core of the batting line-up. Najibullah Zadran, Hazaratullah Zazai, and Keeper Ikram Ali Khil will form the rest of the players in the top-7 of the playing XI. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan will form an excellent spin duo for the team and will look to choke the opposition in the middle overs. Yamin Ahmadai and Karim Janat are expected to play as the pace bowlers and they lack experience in the international stage.
Mohammed Nabi – Nabi is one of the batting stalwarts of the Afghanistan team and he must perform well with both bat and ball to lend good support and depth to the team. Nabi is an impact player who can change the momentum of the game with bat and ball.
Rashid Khan – Rashid Khan is the biggest name in the Afghanistan team and he is an experienced bowler in Indian conditions. He will look to trouble the West Indian batsmen with his variations and wrong ones.
Ashghar Afghan, Mohammed Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Hazaratullah Zazai, Ikram Ali Khil (Wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan (C), Yamin Ahmadai, Karim Janat
West Indies too had a dismal WC2019 with just 2 wins in their 9 matches despite some impressive individual performances. Kieron Pollard returns to the ODI team after a long time and takes over the captaincy duties. They have a good mix of youth and experience in the form of Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, and Evin Lewis. Sunil Ambris is expected to slot as the second opener with Evin Lewis in the team. All-rounders Roston Chase, Jason Holder, and Keemo Paul will take charge of the death overs hitting and look to score some crucial runs. Sheldon Cotrell and Alzarri Joseph will lead the charge in the pace bowling department. Impressive newcomers Khary Pierre and Hayden Walsh are the spin bowlers in the squad and both will look to make a mark in this series.
Nicholas Pooran – Pooran has been one of the regular batsmen in the middle order and he must score big runs and help his team to good totals. He must transform his promise into consistent performances for the team.
Sheldon Cotrell – Sheldon Cotrell had impressive performances in the WC2019 and end as the team`s leading wicket-taker. He will look to continue his good form with the ball in the ODIs.
Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Keemo Paul/Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cotrell, Alzarri Joseph
Lucknow is bright and sunny weather on the matchday with no chances of rain. This is the first ODI match at this venue. India scored a massive 195 runs on this venue in the only T20I played till now. We can expect high scores in a range of 270-280 runs in this match.
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium is the third-largest international cricket stadium in India. Formerly known as the Ekana International Cricket Stadium.
Teams will be not sure of a safe target on this new pitch so chasing the safe and best option.
Both teams have good depth in batting and bowling departments with a host of all-rounders. But, Afghanistan lacks experience when compared to the West Indies team in the ODIs. Indian conditions may favor Afghanistan team bowlers and lack of experienced spinner may affect the West Indies team.
Afghanistan will win the match!