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Afghanistan and West Indies bring their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaigns to an end in Yorkshire, as they face each other at Headingley today.
Afghanistan cricket team will look to end their tournament on a high as they face West Indies in their last league game on Thursday at Headingley in the ICC World Cup 2019. Afghanistan have given a great account of their talents with the likes of Rashid and Nabi even coming close to scripting a win against their fellow Asians, India and Pakistan.
On the other hand, West Indies cricket team also come into this game on the back of a disappointing loss in spite of Nicholas Pooran scoring a sensational hundred. Both teams are looking forward to end their tournament on a high note in this edition of WC.
West Indies vs Afghanistan Dream11 Team Prediction:
Like Hope, Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer have not consistently lived up to expectations. Both are capable of better than they have shown, however. For Afghanistan, Najibullah Zadran has scored consistently and Rahmat Shah will bat higher up the order. Asghar Afghan was back to his best form last time out too.
Nicholas Pooran is listed as a wicket-keeper, though it will be Shai Hope behind the stumps. Pooran was in top form as he smashed a century last time out but Hope, by contrast, has not delivered on his pre-tournament expectations.
Jason Holder, Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi are the preferred all-rounders with all of them in good form with bat and ball. Carlos Brathwaite, who has been in good form with the bat, is also a decent option if one were to alter the dynamics of squad with more established players.
The spin duo of Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan is a must have in the team with the former expected to play a major part with the number of left-handers in the West Indian side. One of Oshane Thomas or Sheldon Cottrell should suffice in rounding off the fantasy team for this game.
My Dream11 Prediction Team:
Chris Gayle(c), Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran(vc), Mohammad Nabi, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Oshane Thomas
A two-paced wicket is on offer as seen in the previous games. While there will be spin for the likes of Rashid and Mujeeb, cloudy conditions will render the new-ball spell from the pacers is important in the context between these two sides.
West Indies - After a disappointing loss to Sri Lanka, not many changes are expected from the Windies with Chris Gayle playing his last ICC game. Shannon Gabriel could sit this game out for Kemar Roach as the rest of the side picks itself.
Afghanistan - Hamid Hassan should make way for Sayed Shirzad with the veteran pacer injuring his hamstring against Pakistan. Apart from the one change, the team should remain unchanged with the likes of Ashgar Afghan and Rahmat Shah doing well in the top order.
Head to head in World Cup:
This is the first World Cup match between Afghanistan and West Indies.
In ODI's -
Total Matches: 5
Afghanistan Won: 3
West Indies Won: 1
No result/Cancelled/Abandoned/Tied: 1
Afghanistan Probable XI: Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib(c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Ali Khil(wk), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
West Indies Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach
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
West Indies: Jason Holder(C), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas
Afghanistan vs West Indies
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 42
4th July 2019, 3:00 PM IST
The team batting first will have the advantage as the pitch slows down in the second half. Both teams would fight for a win. Expect a nail-biter between the two bottom-placed teams.