A spin heavy bowling unit versus an aggressive batting artillery. The Afghanistan versus Windies game promises to be an exciting encounter.
Both sides are already crashed out of the World Cup but there is still plenty to play for the teams and especially their star players who would be itching to make a mark as they bid adieu to the tournament.
During the Afghanistan versus Windies World Cup match on Thursday, watch out for these three player battles:
#3. Gulbadin Naib versus Jason Holder:
The captain versus the captain. Gulbadin Naib has shown previously in the tournament that the reason he is opening the batting is to prevent the opposition pacers from settling down.
On other hand, Holder has quietly chipped in with effective line and lengths to strangle the batsmen. Thus Naib versus Holder will be an interesting battle where both players will look to prevent the other from making any damage.
Total number of balls bowled: 32
Total runs scored: 44
Batting strike rate: 137.5
Total dismissals: 1
Windies’ middle order banks on Shimron Hetmyer who is known for his aggressive intent against the spinners. He has light feet and powerful arms which allow him to attack spinners with ease.
And this is where Mohammad Nabi steps in. The experienced spinner has the ability to choke runs and build momentum in the middle overs. Thus on Thursday, expect these two players to indulge in a fierce battle to win the bragging rights of the middle overs.
Total number of balls bowled: 16
Total runs scored: 9
Batting strike rate: 56.25
Total dismissals: 1
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Both Hope and Rashid haven’t played according to their potential in this tournament. Especially Rashid’s performance has seen a big dip. But can he atleast find his mojo back in the last game of the World Cup?
The good thing or him is that he will be bowling to batsmen against whom he has done well in the past. Rashid has dominated Shai Hope historically but on a wicket which may offer nothing, can Rashid continue to hold the upper hand?
Total number of balls bowled: 54
Total runs scored: 21
Batting strike rate: 2
Total dismissals: 38.88