The England squad is currently considered to be the top contender for this World Cup. To their fortune, they haven’t been touched or affected by the rainy conditions as well.
Afghanistan are the bottom last team and currently have nothing to lose. The team will be expected to fight back and give the English men some competition. This is their second World Cup and what better a place to make it their proving ground.
With this win, England will not only get 2 more points but also top the table.
England (Probable XI): James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (C/WK), Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali.
Afghanistan (Probable XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hasan.
Joe Root vs Rashid Khan
Root currently has two tons and one half-century in this tournament, making him the 5th highest run getter.
The Yorkshire opener is in distant form from the rest and has been scoring heaps of runs for his side, most being in a winning cause. Root couldn’t have asked for a better start in this World Cup as he has 2 centuries and one 50+ score in 4 played matches.
With over 5000 runs and a massive average of 51, Root is currently ranked 7th in the ICC ODI rankings. He is also the member of the infamous ‘Fab Four’ elite batting club. Root has a lot of expectations tied to him in this Tournament.
ODI No.2 ranked all-rounder requires no introduction as he has been the talk of the town for quite sometime now.
The right arm spin sensation just has 3 wickets in this tournament so far, making him hungrier for more wickets in the coming matches. Rashid has 128 wickets in just 62 matches, with an average of just 15 and a strike rate of 24.
The young sensation is expected to erupt at any time and continue on his wicket taking run.
Jofra Archer vs Rahmat Shah
Archer is the latest member of the English fast bowlers club. The right arm quick is known for his accuracy and his ability to bowl at a staggering 145+ mark. With 9 wickets in this tournament so far, Archer is the 4th highest wicket taker.
The Barbados born bowler made his ODI recently and has been proven his worth ever since.
With 12 ODIs wickets in 7 matches, Archer is also known for his economical spells.
He is expected to finish as one of the highest wicket taker in this tournament.
Rahmat Shah is a popular name amongst the Afghans as the right arm batting all-rounder is known for his reliable and essential knocks. With a batting average of almost 35, Shah is a go to name for Afghanistan when is comes to steering an innings.
The 25 year old has over 2000 runs in just 61 played innings. With a very little scope to win this game, Shah will be expected to burst out of his potential and play a stable innings to get his side to a respectable total and carry out his form throughout the World Cup.
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This match will be one sided and The English men will be looked to clinch this game without any hassle. Root is expected to guide his team home and score big yet again.
The England bowlers will be expected to tear through the Afghani batting line up and restrict them to a minimal score.
As the game will be played at the Old Trafford stadium, the spinners are expected to play a vital role for both the teams and gather plenty of wickets.