Afghanistan will look to secure their first win of the ICC World Cup 2019 when they go up against West Indies in a dead rubber on July 4 (Thursday) at Headingley in Leeds. Both the team have had a similar fate in the tournament as they lacked the finishing instinct throughout the competition.
The Afghans came in this World Cup with a hope of bettering their performance from the 2015 World Cup. However, they have failed to come out as a team which have hurt mainly their chances of securing a win. In the last game against Pakistan, they had the game in their grasp before an over from skipper Gulbadin Naib it away. Similarly, against India, Afghanistan had the better opportunity of coming out victorious but threw it away in the last overs. Naib & Co will look to produce a team effort against West Indies and finish the World Cup with a win which will be a morale booster for the whole team after the tournament.
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West Indies also lost the plot after their excellent start to the World Cup campaign beating Pakistan. Since then, the batsmen have failed to back the excellent work done by their bowlers barring a few occasions. Chris Gayle has had a poor campaign so far and will be desperate to give it a go in his last World Cup game. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hopes also need to raise their game and put up a good total on board and give their bowlers something to bowl at. Jason Holder will have to come out with his team with full intensity and go for the kill to finish the World Cup on a high.
Date and Venue: West Indies vs Afghanistan, July 4 (Thursday), 3:00 PM IST, at Headingley in Leeds
Afghanistan have been the dominant side whenever these two teams have gone against each other in ODIs. The team from the Asian continent have won three times while lost one and one ended in a tie. The Afghans will be keen to keep up the good record against West Indies at Headingley.
But West Indies have looked a bit better among the two teams and have players who have the experience by their side to deliver at this stage. As a result, the team from the Caribbean Island will have a slight advantage over Afghanistan when they go up against each other.