The Preview: England vs Afghanistan
In the 24th fixture of ICC World Cup 2019, host England would come head to head against the minnow Afghanistan at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday.
The favourites might get someone from benched players in place of Eoin Morgan and J Roy. At present, England is on the 4th spot with 6 points in their pocket with three wins in four matches.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, has eventually failed to discover their winning formula and have lost their first four games in a row. They were expected to produce one or two upsets in the tournament, but they didn’t turn out to be that capable. Afghanistan is lying on the last spot of the point table.
Competition: ICC World Cup 2019
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Date and time: 18th June, 03:00
The last match played at this ground was between India and Pakistan and we saw a decent batting surface. Same is expected to happen in this game as well. Spinners do have a chance to turn things around to some extent, so Rashid Khan could play a vital role.
Old Trafford, Manchester Stat:
Avg 1st inn score: 214
The number game:
Head to Head in ODIs:
England won: 01
Afghanistan won: 00
ENG – Vince & Moeen IN; Roy, Plunkett OUT
AFGH – Dawlat, Najibullah and Mujeeb are playing – Aftab, Zazai and Hamid are not playing
England Playing XI :
Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Afghanistan Playing XI:
Rahmat Shah, Noor Ali Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
As per pitch conditions:
As we saw in the previous game between India and Pakistan, the spinners played an important role. Rashid Khan could be trick the batsmen with his twist and turns.
The same goes for Moeen Ali of England. He could get the Afghan’s middle order with his off-spin. He is in good form and he bagged three wickets against Pakistan.
J Buttler: Buttler has been in good form. Don’t dare to miss him. he has scored 185 runs in three innings at an average of 61.66. His highest score in this world cup so far is 103 runs. He could help you earn fantasy points easily.
M Nabi: This player is in form, he has bagged four wickets in his pocket and has an economy of 4.40. Not only with the ball, but Nabi is also capable of smashing valuable runs of his bat. You can definitely pick him in your team.