ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Pakistan cricket team led by Sarfaraz Ahmad will take on the Afghanistan cricket team in the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 29 at Headingley in Leeds. The two sides have faced twice since the start of 2014 across all formats, both times in the Asia Cup. Afghanistan had its moments in those two games as they left the superior team in these encounters. The last years match was won by Pakistan in the final over while chasing ten runs.
On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team led by their star player Gulbadin Naib, will be playing for their pride as they already out of the ICC World Cup 2019. A win in this game could do a lot of good for Afghanistan as they can gain confidence with the big teams in the main competition. Pakistan cricket team will be eager to sort out their bowling form and the template of batting if they bat first on the flat tracks. Afghanistan cricket team needs to get used to their new skipper Gulbadin Naib and tighten its bases in batting and bowling.
PAK vs AFG Dream11 Team Prediction:
Pakistan's top order batsman Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq are all great options to have in your side with all of them looking to get some runs under their belt. Babar Azam is going great guns for Pakistan and is coming off an unbeaten ton against the Kiwis which is why he is a definite pick for our Dream11 team. Haris Sohail has been very impressive in his last two outings and he along with Imam-ul-Haq and Hashmatullah Shahidi are also good picks.
Mohammad Amir has looked threatening ever since the tournament started while Shaheen Afridi came into his own last time and rattled the New Zealand top-order with quick bursts. Apart from Amir and Afridi, we have also included the Afghan spin duo of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan in our Dream11 line-up.
With Ikram Ali Khil batting too deep down the order for anyone's liking, Sarfaraz Ahmed is the preferred option in the wicket-keepers section. The Pakistani captain has done well in his short stint at the crease and will be looking to continue his good form if he gets a chance to do so.
Two Afghanistan players - Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib has been making fine contributions with both bat and ball and is leading from the front. Along with them, the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim are decent options given the nature of the pitch should suit them.
Dream11 Prediction team:
Gulbadin Naib(c), Fakhar Zaman, Rahmat Shah, Babar Azam(vc), Mohammad Nabi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Pitch Report: No rain is expected for Saturday?s game although there will be the cloudy conditions should once again favour the pacers as seen in the previous game between England and Sri Lanka. On this track, spinners should get some turn on a pitch where a score of 250 should be more than competitive.
Afghanistan cricket team made a couple of changes to their side in the 62-run loss to Bangladesh last time out - they brought in Dawlat Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari in place of Aftab Alam and Hazratullah Zazai.
While, Pakistan cricket team are unlikely to make any changes to their current group of eleven that handed them convincing wins over South Africa and New Zealand in the last two games.
Afghanistan are already out of the race for the semi-finals while Pakistan can still go through if they win both their remaining fixtures. The men in green are high on confidence and have the momentum on their side with wins in their last two matches - against South Africa and New Zealand. So, we expect them to overcome the Afghanistan challenge and remain in the hunt for the semi-final.
Pakistan Probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Afghanistan Probable XI: Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asgar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Ikram AliKhil (WK), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (C), Ikram Ali Khil, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Pakistan vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 36
29th June 2019, 3:00 PM IST