Chance for Afghanistan to create history

Chance for Afghanistan to create history

AFGHANISTAN TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2017 – Rashid Khan speaking after picking up the Player of the Match award after the first One-Day International against Windies, where he picked up his career-best 7 for 18 to take his side to a sensational 63-run win.

When: Windies vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI, 2:30 PM local time, 12:00 midnight IST

Where: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium

What to expect: With the third match being played in space of five days, the pitch isn’t going to be a fresh one that’ll aid stroke-making. Batsmen willing to apply themselves stand a good chance of scoring runs but the track is likely to offer much more assistance to the bowlers.

Team news:

Windies: The fact that Windies find themselves in a position where they can win the series is because of their bowlers. They started well in the first game but allowed Afghanistan to find their way back in the game after reducing them to 154 for 6. They learned from their mistakes and kept tightening the noose in the second game. Even with a patchy performance from their batsmen, they are unlikely to make a change and that’ll mean Miguel Cummins will have to sit out.

Afghanistan: The visitors need the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Stanikzai and Noor Ali Zadran to put their hands up and post the runs on the board. Rashid is going to be key for them, but the legspinner will need the cushion of runs to weave his magic. Despite the loss the game, it’s unlikely they’ll change the combination that worked for them in the first game.

What they said:

“Still a few areas we can improve on. We need to be selective in our strokeplay. We need to be more aggressive. We were able to get wickets which is always the key in ODIs. We got to find out better ways to play Rashid Khan. We just need to be a little more positive when playing the spinners.” – Jason Holder.

Teams (from):

Windies: Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.

Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Afsar Zazai, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nabi, Nasir Jamal, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran.

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