The ICC 2019 World Cup has come to life and the race for the semifinals is very close. All the people who said that the last two weeks of the Cricket World Cup are going to be full of non-consistent matches have been wrong.
One of the teams that are firmly in the race now is Pakistan. The unpredictable cliche label is once again applicable to them, as they continue to win against all odds. Now they play against Afghanistan, as they must keep winning and then wait for other results to come through.
Afghanistan is still looking for a victory in the ICC 2019 World Cup. Seven defeats in seven games have shown the work that still has to be done in the 50s on the format. Afghanistan’s performance in the last two games has been better, and they also almost beat India.
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Social media has taken over the similarities in the 1992 Pakistan World Cup campaign and the 2019 World Cup. It seems that the team really believes they can reach the semifinals and although their fate is not in their own hands, Pakistan must do what it can to help make the dream come true.
After beating South Africa and New Zealand comfortably, beating Afghanistan should not be a problem.
However, this is exactly where a team like Pakistan is vulnerable. It seems to play better when there are almost no expectations. The pressures of expectations weigh on you, but the goal of making a semifinal should help you stay focused.
Both players were featured in the match against New Zealand. They also seem to be players motivated by confidence and, therefore, will enter this match against Afghanistan at the top.
Babar Azam has continued to have a brilliant ICC 2019 World Cup and is finally turning his fifty into great scores. With Mohammad Hafeez in the middle, Pakistan’s main batting concern seems to be its opening hitters. Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman have not been able to provide the side with consistent starts and that can add pressure in the middle order.
A good bowling performance against India and then Bangladesh would have given him some hope of entering the match against Pakistan. On both occasions, there were some real opportunities to try to get a win under his belt, but the batting was not up to par.
It also seems that Afghan players feel more comfortable playing against their Asian opponents than some of the other teams they have encountered. Afghanistan pushed Sri Lanka to the brink, had India on the ropes and also scared Bangladesh.
Against Pakistan, the responsibility of trying to win this game should fall on the bowlers. Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi came to the tournament with a great reputation. That success of the T20 has not translated well in the 50 games beyond some small periods of play in which they managed to get some windows.Pakistan’s batting is unstable and Afghanistan must believe it can cause it to crumble.
Gulbadin Naib has developed a good slower ball and is good at the final shots, while Dawlat Zadran is the main threat with the new ball.
The batting for Afghanistan has been an absolute disaster.
Rahmat Shah was one of the few good hitters on the team, but he has not performed as expected. None of the other hitters has achieved any kind of momentum in the game either. We thought that including Samiullah Shinwari was a good move from Afghanistan, but in general batting still seems very unstable.
They have lost Mohammad Shahzad’s services due to an injury, but in reality they did not find another good opening hitter to take his place. Gulbadin Naib is doing the job right now, but we do not think he’s close to being qualified for the job.
The bowling of Afghanistan are not bad, but his batting will need a miraculous turn against a very good Pakistani attack if he has to have a chance.
PREDICTION OF TOSS
It is likely that the team that wins the draw wants to hit first. Both teams would want to run on the board and then try to create pressure with their bowling pins.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Pakistan vs Afghanistan ICC World Cup 2019 will be played in Headingley, Leeds. Summer finally seems to have arrived in England and we are promised an excellent day for cricket on match day.
Leeds is a field where bowlers always have a little work, although the playing field is established and becomes good for hitting later. Both sides have some good spinners, but there will not be much help for them. The fast players of Pakistan can find much more help than the slower players.
Pakistan should win this game if it plays to form. That is the simple answer. From the point of view of the bets, we believe that it is worth to bet on Afghanistan at the beginning of the match. The potential for high returns is quite and it could be one of those days when Pakistan refuses to show up.
From a purely cricket perspective, Pakistan has a better bowling attack, a much better hitting lineup, and has a winning momentum behind it.