Afghanistan is playing its second World Cup and after impacting Pakistan in the warm-up, it will face a daunting challenge from Australia in the tournament itself. They will be tested to the fullest in this mega event and the Asian side seems ready to put their best foot forward. Australia is also high in confidence after playing a series of heats and David Warner and Steve Smith will be eager to make their official comeback in the yellow jersey.
As for the team combinations, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan will probably be the two real pacemakers together with Captain Gulbadin Naib. The trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will also be crucial for Afghanistan. Warner is fit and will open the tickets, while Usman Khawaja will probably outperform Shaun Marsh.
The fourth match of the ICC 2019 World Cup will be played between Afghanistan and Australia at County Ground in Bristol.
- The match starts at 1:30 PM local time (12:30 PM GMT) (6:00 PM IST).
- The game will be live on Star Sports. Live broadcast available on Hotstar.
Being cloudy has become the norm of this World Cup that seems. There will be around 70% cloud cover during the game and the temperature will be around 23 degrees Celsius, while it will go down to 19 degrees Celsius at night. There is no rain in the forecast.
The last warm-up match was played in this place and the Windies went on to beat 421 runs. Small limits will keep hitters interested in hitting important shots. That said, the ball could turn Bristol, which makes Afghanistan a great time for the game.
Average score in the first innings: 295 (Last six complete matches of a day (including warm-ups of the World Cup)
Record of the chasing teams: Won – 3; Lost – 3
Probable Playing XIs
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Bank – Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Aftab Alam, Najibullah Zadran.
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch (c), Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa.
Bank – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson.
Pat Cummins in the last 5 ODIs:
Strike rate: 16
Selection of Captain and Vice-Captain:
Captain options: David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja.
Vice-Captain options: Mohammad Nabi, Pat Cummins, Mohammad Shahzad.
Suggested Reproduction XI No.1 for Head to Head / Small Leagues:
Wicket-Keepers – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, David Warner (C), Steve Smith
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers – Hamid Hassan, Rashid Khan, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (VC)
Suggested Play XI No.2 for Big / Mega Leagues:
Wicket Guardians – Mohammad Shahzad
Batters – Afghan Asghar, Hashmatullah Shahidi, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja (C)
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi (VC), Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins.
Prefer Australian bowlers from your team. Also, try to take the first four of the Australian batting lineup, as Afghanistan could collapse by hitting first.
Mohammad Nabi could be the best choice for the multiplier, since the Bristol pitch could help him and he can annoy the opposing hitters who are vulnerable to spin.
Australia is expected to get the best of Afghanistan’s combat equipment.
Team of Afghanistan
Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Hamid Hassan.
Team of Australia
Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey(w), David Warner, Steven Smith, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc, Jason Behrendorff, Kane Richardson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon.