PAK vs AFG Match Preview ICC World Cup 2019 - A must win game for Pakistan to remain in the hunt of semi-final

Pakistan cricket team 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.


Pakistan cricket team led by Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping for a repeat of the heroics from Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Amir who were outstanding against New Zealand and helped them inch one step closer to a place in the final four. For Pakistan, today's match against the Afghanistan is another must-win game. 

   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. Afghanistan cricket team needs to get used to their new skipper Gulbadin Naib and tighten its bases in batting and bowling. With nothing to lose, Afghanistan cricket team will go with their full effort in this match.

Points Table Standings:

With 7 points from seven matches, Pakistan cricket team standing at 6th place and they need to win today's match to keep their hopes alive for the semi-final spot in the World Cup.

On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team standing at the bottom of the points table without a single win from their seven matches.

Pitch report: The pitch is likely to remain dry and the spinners would benefit in that case. Also, both teams would look to

bat first as batting is expected to get difficult in later stages.

Weather forecast: It seems that the weather won?t affect the contest between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Leeds today. There are no signs of rain and one can expect a bright and maybe even the hot atmosphere. The temperature will be around 20 to 28 degree Celsius.

Head to head in World Cup: Both teams are playing for the first time in World Cups.

Overall Head to head - 

ODI matches: 3

PAK won: 3

AFG won: 0


No result: 0

Team News:

Pakistan cricket team made no changes in their line-up for this must-win game against Afghanistan, a combination that has worked very well for him over the wins against South Africa and New Zealand.

On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team management made one change in their line-up as Hamid Hassan comes in place of Dawlaut Zadran. Also, they go back to their experienced batsmen Asgar Afgan in the middle order.


  1. Pakistan have a 4-5 win-loss record at Headingley in ODI games. But in World Cup games, they have a winning record of 3-2.
  2. Afghanistan's spinners took only 8 wickets in their first five games. The last two games, on drier surfaces, has seen their spinners bag 9 wickets at an economy of 4.20.
  3. Afghanistan have lost the most wickets (i.e. 47) to fast bowlers in this World Cup.

Players to watch out for Pakistan: Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir.

Players to watch out for Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan


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 Playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

Afganistan Playing XI: Gulbadin Naib (c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan , 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

Live streaming details:

Date and Day: June 29, 2019, Saturday.

Place: Headingley, Leeds

Time: 3:00 pm IST, 13:30 am local time

The World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs Afghanistan match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs Afghanistan match will be available on Hotstar.