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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - In the 42nd match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the West Indies cricket team will take on Afghanistan cricket team in Headingley today. Both teams are already out of the semi-finals race.
Afghanistan cricket team led by Gulbadin Naib let the game away from their hand at critical junctures. While the spinners have lived up to their reputation with consistent performances throughout the tournament, the fast bowlers and the batting unit has failed to contribute significantly to the team's cause. So, Afghanistan?s skipper Gulbadin Naib will look to inspire his team to play with full potential in their last game of WC.
On the other hand, West Indies cricket team led by Jason Holder got only one win in this tournament while Afghanistan cricket team yet to open his account in the tournament. West Indies have failed to produce an all-round performance, barring their opening match victory against Pakistan - their only success in this World Cup so far. While Sheldon Cottrell has been a star performer with the ball, the batsmen, despite some good individual performances have failed to put up a significant total due to the lack of partnerships. Skipper Jason Holder will also look to inspire his team to play with full intensity in their final game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Points Table standing:
The West Indies cricket team is at number nine with 3 points from 8 matches.
On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket team is at the last spot without a win in so many matches.
Pitch report: The pitch looks like greeny with spongy bounce and a little bit slow as the spinners were getting help on it. So, both teams winning the toss would prefer to bat first and set up a huge target to claim a win here.
Weather forecast: Leeds weather will be good throughout the day for this game. There is no possibility of rain and the temperature will remain between 14-21 degree Celsius.
Head to head in World Cup: Both teams will face each other for the first time in the World Cups.
Total number of ODI matches - 5
Afghanistan won - 3
West Indies won - 1
Tied - 0
No Result - 1
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.
Players to watch out for
Nicholas Pooran (WI): The wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran is the highest run scorer in the tournament so far for West Indies. Pooran scored 309 runs in 7 innings. During this period, his average was 51.50 and the strike rate was 95.67. He scored a century and a half century so far in this WC. He will look to face the responsibility of holding the innings together, as his solid technique makes him a key batsman against a strong Afghanistan spin attack.
Gulbadin Naib (AFG): Team captain Gulbadin Naib has performed all-round in this tournament so far. He scored 189 runs in 8 innings. In the case of highest-run scorer for the team, he is in the fourth place for his team. He also took 9 wickets in 8 matches with an economy of 6.41.
West Indies Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope(wK), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Shannon Gabriel, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Afghanistan Probable XI: Gulbadin Naib (c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
West Indies - Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Ambris, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Darren Bravo, Fabian Allen
Afghanistan - Gulbadin Naib (c), Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shinwari, Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Ikram Alikhil
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 and West Indies cricket team should pick up a thrilling win over Afghanistan today.
Live streaming details:
Date and Day: July 4, 2019, Thursday.
Place: Headingley, Leeds
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:00 am local time
The World Cup 2019 Afghanistan vs West Indies 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 Afghanistan vs West Indies will be available on Hotstar.