ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan vs Afghanistan – Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Weather, Pitch & Stats
Pakistan and Afghanistan will meet with each other in the 36th match of the ICC World Cup 2019. Pakistan will like to keep their World Cup dream alive when they will take on a beleaguered Afghanistan at Headingley, Leeds. The Men in Green is coming into this match after two inspiring wins against South Africa and New Zealand. Thus, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side is still afloat in the tournament and would like to continue their good form going. We take a look at the Match Prediction.
On the other hand, Afghanistan has been let down with their batting performances. Afghanistan has bowled decently in the tournament but their batting hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations. They had lost their last match against Bangladesh and they would like to end the tournament on a high.
Pakistan will be favourites.
In fact, the Afghanistan batsmen are getting off to starts but they are able to convert these starts into a substantial score. Furthermore, the strike rate issue is also there as Afghanistan batters have failed to rotate strike at regular intervals.
On the other side, Pakistan has ticked the right boxes in the last two matches. They have been outstanding and would like to carry the impetus. Pakistan’s bowling has always been their strength however, Mohammad Amir has been the standout with 16 wickets in the tournament.
Afghanistan will aim to deliver the goods.
The young prodigy Shaheen Afridi had also come up with a fine performance against New Zealand as he had scalped three wickets in the previous match. Thus, Pakistan will look to keep going strong in the bowling department.
Furthermore, Pakistan had come up with a complete show with the bat. Babar Azam was at his best as he scored a stylish hundred and he would aim to continue his good form going. Moreover, Harris Sohail has scored two back to back fifties to hit the ground running. However, the other batsmen will also like to chip in with their contribution.
Date and Venue: 29th June, Headingley, Leeds.
Match Prediction: Pakistan will begin the match as red hot favourites. The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side has peaked at the right time and they would aim to get the better of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zardan.
Pakistan Predicted Playing XI- Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Harris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.
Pitch Report: Headingley, Leeds last match between England and Sri Lanka was a low scoring affair. Thus, a similar track is expected. The team winning the toss would like to bat first here.
Weather Report: It is going to be a warm day in Headingley, Leeds. There would be partial clouds and the temperature is going to be around 29 degree Celsius.
All three matches between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been won by the former.
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