In the 42nd match of the ongoing ICC World Cup, two knocked out teams will take on each other in order to end their World Cup campaign with a win.
The Windies lost their last fixture in a close-fought battle against Sri Lanka while Afghanistan let the victory slip from their hand against Pakistan. With these defeats, both West Indies and Afghanistan remained at the bottom two positions in the points table.
This battle between Afghanistan and the West Indies is mainly for a consolation win that will also determine, where Windies will finish in the points table. The position of Afghanistan is fixed at the bottom of the table because they haven’t won a single match in the current World Cup.
West Indies, on the other hand, have a chance of finishing in the eighth position. However, they have to win this fixture and pray that South Africa lose their match against Australia with a huge margin. If this happens, then Windies will finish over the Proteas in this World Cup.
Afghanistan (Probable XI): Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
West Indies (Probable XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (WK), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Jason Holder (C), Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Kemar Roach.
Rahmat Shah vs Sheldon Cottrell
This is going to be an interesting battle as two talented players will fight against each other in order to end their team’s campaign on a positive note.
Rahmat Shah hasn’t been a consistent batsman for his side. The Afghanistan batsman has scored 192 runs in the ongoing World Cup. In few matches, he scored above 40 runs and in others, he got out below 10 runs.
Maybe, if Rahmat would have batted carefully, then maybe his side would have won the close battles against India and Pakistan.
Sheldon Cottrell has been one of the best bowlers for his side in the ongoing World Cup. The Windies pacer has kept creating issues for the players with his quick short balls. Also, his line and length have been perfect and that has got him wickets as well.
The Windies bowler has picked up nine wickets in the ongoing competition, which has got him some attention of the fans. Especially, his soldier celebration has put him in a spotlight and young fans are in love with his antics.
Sheldon didn’t look in touch in the last fixture against Sri Lanka and will be eager to pick few wickets and help his side in winning the last fixture.
Mujeeb ur Rahman vs Chris Gayle
In this battle, the wicket-taking bowler will go against one of the most destructing batsmen in the world of cricket. Yes, we are talking about Mujeeb ur Rahman and Chris Gayle.
This is going to be an emotional fixture for Gayle as this will be his last game in the World Cup. However, that should not affect his batting and would encourage him for giving out his best performance of this World Cup.
The Gayle storm has scored two half-centuries in the current competition and he is the key for a good start. If Gayle gets in his original touch, then we might see another blistering inning of his for the last time in World Cup history.
Also, a good start from Gayle will put his side in a strong position and end the chances of Afghanistan winning their only fixture in the ongoing World Cup.
However, there is a bowler, who might end Gayle’s last World Cup inning early. The bowler we are talking about is Mujeeb ur Rahman. The Afghani spinner is a master in picking up early wickets. His strong point is bowling with the new ball.
When most of the ballers find it hard to spin the new ball. Mujeeb finds it easy to spin and pick early wickets in the innings.
If Gayle somehow manages to play off Mujeeb then there are chances that West Indies might go on to score big. However, the pitch will support the spinners, which is the weakness of the Windies’ players.
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The match will be played at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. This is the same ground, where Afghanistan almost defeated Pakistan a few days back.
This pitch will mostly help the spinners once again and Afghanistan have a better spin attack in comparison to the West Indies. However, the batting of the Afghanis might put them in trouble.
So, considering everything. Cricwizz believes that the West Indies will win this fixture, but they will have to fight hard in order to clinch two points.
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