On Thursday, in the ongoing CWC tournament, Afghanistan would be locking horns with West Indies at Headingley in Leeds. Although both teams are already out of the mega tournament; still, both teams would be playing their last league game for pride. In fact, the bottom ranked teams would be interested to end their cricket campaign on a positive note.
Afghanistan didn’t score many runs throughout the tournament, nor did they take too many wickets. However, taking into consideration that Windies is not in great form and they almost defeated India, so Thursday’s match is going to be a thrilling one.
Afghanistan has lost all eight matches of this tournament till now; whereas West Indies are just one place ahead of them with one win, six defeats and one no result.
There are no chances of downpour and an exciting game can be seen among the two teams. The atmosphere would remain cool with temperature to remain between 18 and 21 degree Celsius.
After suffering a hamstring injury in the last game, Hamid Hasan has already retired from the tournament.
Either Sayed Shirzad or Dawlat Zadran is likely to make the cut.
Rahmat Shah along with Gulbadin Naib will continue to open the match with the reliable Hashmatullah Shahidi playing at number three.
Ikram Ali Khil looked awesome after being promoted high up the order.
In the bowling department, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be crucial on a spin-friendly track.
As a skipper, Naib will need to a bit more judicious regarding decision making.
The Caribbean team might rope in Kemar Roach for Shannon Gabriel.
Oshane Thomas is not in the form as well.
Sheldon Cottrell has been outstanding throughout the tournament with 12 wickets.
Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen can be tough to face on a slow strip.
The Windies batting line-up needs to show a bit of maturity. Allen, Braithwaite and Pooran have been great in the past few games. However, the rest of the batsmen have struggled and the batting hasn’t come across as a unit.
The experienced Chris Gayle and Shai Hope haven’t done anything that’s worth taking a note.
There is a high possibility of West Indies defeating Afghanistan.