Man of the Match: Nicholas Pooran
Afghanistan face uphill against West Indies at Lucknow!
Expect West Indies to clinch ODI series on Saturday.
Afghanistan will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on West Indies in the second game of the one-day series at Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday. In the opening game of the series, Afghanistan was completely outclassed by West Indies in all three facets of the game. Captain Rashid Khan will be hoping that the side can put in an improved batting performance in this contest.
West Indies delivered a clinical performance with bat and ball in the opening game of the series played at Lucknow. Kieron Pollard-led unit will be looking to maintain their standards with bat and ball in this contest.
Captain Rashid Khan will be hoping that the side can make amends for mistakes made in the opening game of the one-day series. The senior players like Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi will need to raise their game with the bat. In the opening game of the series, the opening duo of Hazratullah Zazai and Javed Ahmadi perished for low scores. The team management will be hoping that Zazai and Ahmadi can put in a decent score for the side in this contest. In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, Rahmat Shah played well and finished the innings with the top-score of 61 runs off 80 balls with the help of six fours and one six. Shah will be keen to continue his good form for Afghanistan in the remaining two games of the one-day series. Asghar Afghan failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after doing all the hard work against West Indies. He scored 35 runs off 52 balls with the help of one four and one six.
Wicket-keeper Ikram Ali Khil put in an impressive display with the bat for Afghanistan in the opening game of the series. He put on a 111-run partnership with Rahmat Shah to rebuild the innings for Afghanistan. Ikram scored 58 off 62 balls with the help of six fours and one six. Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib and Captain Rashid Khan will need to contribute with crucial runs for the side at the back end of the innings. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to pick up wickets in this contest. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the standout bowler for Afghanistan and finished with figures of 2 for 33 in his 10 overs. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi bowled well but failed to take any wickets for Afghanistan.
Hazratullah Zazai, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq
Ikram Ali Khil, Asghar Afghan, Javed Ahmadi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, N Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi
Captain Kieron Pollard will be pleased with his side’s performance in the opening game of the one-day series. Bowlers produced a clinical performance to set up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in the ODI series opener played on Wednesday.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase to deliver the bulk of the runs. In the previous game, Shai Hope delivered a splendid half-century for West Indies. He put on a mammoth 163-run partnership with Roston Chase to see West Indies complete a comfortable win with three overs to spare. He scored unbeaten 77 runs off 133 balls with the help of five boundaries. Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetymer perished for single-digit scores in the opening game of the series and will be looking to deliver crucial scores with the bat in this contest. Middle-order batsman Roston Chase was the standout performer for West Indies in the batting department. He played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 94 off 115 balls with the help of 11 boundaries. Roston Chase fell six runs short of a richly deserved century in the previous game.
Captain Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder and Romario Shepherd will be looking to deliver big runs for the side in the later stages of the innings. In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder to make crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Jason Holder delivered an excellent performance with the ball and finished with figures of 2 for 21 in his 10 overs. Romario Shepherd and Roston Chase bowled exceedingly well and claimed two wickets each.
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh, Alzarri Joseph
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Alzarri Joseph
The wicket prepared for the game will provide an interesting contest between bat and ball. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be sunny with light winds.
Bharat Ratna Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium in Lucknow is going to host the second game between West Indies and Afghanistan. West Indies have won their last two one-day games played against Afghanistan.
The side will be looking to win the toss and bowl first in order to restrict the opposition to modest total. The previous game played was won by side batting second.
West Indies will be favorites to win this contest against Afghanistan. With the bowlers delivering a pitch-perfect performance and batsmen getting runs in the previous game, West Indies will be keen to bring their A-game to the table in this contest.
Expect West Indies to clinch ODI series on Saturday.