England is back in top form, defeating West Indies by 8 wickets. Mr. Consistant Joe Root proved his value after being bumped up as opener. He scored a century from 94 balls leading England to chase the score of 213 very comfortably. Even though England might have to fiddle with their lineup citing some injuries in their squad, they are confident to win the game on Tuesday.
First, from the bottom, Afghanistan is not looking great in this tournament. They haven’t won a single game and rumours of internal conflict in the team isn’t helping either. On 15th, they faced a grueling defeat versus South Africa, losing by 9 wickets. They went all out for only 125 runs, which South Africa successfully chased in 28.4 overs.
The chances of Afghanistan pulling an upset like Pakistan versus England are very slim Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi did insist that if their batsmen are able to score some good runs then they have enough quality to upset England.
Competition – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Venue – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time – 18th June, 03:00 PM IST
Where to watch: Star Sports & Hotstar
Average 1st innings score: 217
Average 2nd innings score: 192
Highest Total: 336/5, Lowest Total: 45/10
Highest Chased: 286/4, Lowest Defended: 221/8
Old Trafford is a slow batting pitch 60% of the wins on this ground have been in favor of teams who have batted second. There have only been 3 instances out of 46 matches where teams have crossed the 300+ mark.
England and Afghanistan have only met on one occasion in the past, in the 2015 ICC World Cup. There, England thrashed Afghanistan to win the match by 9 wickets.
England’s recent ODI run (latest first):
Afghanistan’s recent ODI run (latest first):
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
Joe Root | Jonny Bairstow | Mark Wood
Rashid Khan | Noor Ali Zadran
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Suggested Captains: J Bairstow, J Root, M Wood, J Archer
NOTE: Choose Jofra Archer for Plunkett