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Afghanistan vs West Indies, 3rd ODI
Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
11 November 2019
2 PM IST
While Afghanistan have already conceded the series, they can take heart from their performance in the second game, where they had two great chances to seal the result in their favour: the first was taken by a counter-attacking 67 from Nicholas Pooran, while the second was given way by them losing both their settled batsmen – Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi – in back-to-back overs.
West Indies, for their part, shouldn’t be getting complacent, as with the exception of Roston Chase, their 11-40 overs bowling looks very much for the taking.
Pitch report: Batsmen from the team batting first have faced more challenging conditions than the one from the team batting second. I expect the trend to continue in this match as well.
Weather report: No rain forecast
Team News and Injuries
Given that this is a dead-rubber, both teams could consider giving chances to their bench players. West Indies left-arm spinner Khary Pierre and Afghanistan opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran stand the best chance to get benefited from it, while it shouldn’t be a surprise to see couple more players getting a look in as well.
Probable Playing XI
Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (c), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq
West Indies: Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Keemo Paul, Hayden Walsh, Kharry Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell
Pick 1: Roston Chase – Bowling his full quota of overs and batting at No.4, the off-spinning all-rounder has 103 runs and 5 wickets to his name so far in the series. I think that’s enough said.
Pick 2: Rahmat Shah – The 26-year-old’s ODI game is going from strength and strength, and he has looked sublime in the series. 6 of his last 7 games have seen him post 30+ scores, which also includes back-to-back 50s against West Indies.
Pick 3: Shai Hope – The right-hander’s strike rate was a major issue for West Indies in the World Cup, but they haven’t felt it in this series, as neither the opposition nor the conditions have demanded them to post massive scores. So back in his comfort zone, Hope has racked up 120 runs so far in the series and looks good for more. His potential wicketkeeping points only make this pick a no-brainer.
Pick 4: Evin Lewis – The attacking left-hander showed in the second game why he should be part of your XI. With a bit of luck on his side, Lewis is both patient enough and capable enough to put up a score of note.
Pick 5: Sheldon Cottrell – Given the relative skill levels, the left-arm seamer has the potential to be a minimum guarantee against Afghanistan, both upfront with the new ball and late in the innings with the older one.
Pick 6: Mohammad Nabi – With as many as 3 left-handers in top 5 to target and in decent form with the bat, as indicated by the knock in the second game, leaving out Mohammad Nabi could turn out to be a blunder.
Pick 7: Ikram Ali Khil – While the left-hander did show signs of why he will be a tough nut to crack in the World Cup, he is now looking to score quickly and is quite at ease while doing it. Batting at No.4 and coming in with the wicket-keeping cushion, Ali Khil is amongst the safest picks for the match.
Pick 8-11 (All Differentials): Ibrahim Zadran, Shimron Hetmyer (Nicholas Pooran if WI bat first), Khary Pierre, Keemo Paul
With Zadran and Hetmyer, it is the top order batting option that makes them an attractive pick. Technically compact and fluent with his strokeplay, Zadran started his international career with an impressive 87 against Bangladesh couple of months back. Hetmyer, on the other hand, seems to be getting closer to finding them than he has ever been before, and with him positioned to bat at No.3, could turn out to be a solid differential.
Keemo Paul will feel at home on this Lucknow deck, and with big boundaries for support, you will have to be really unlucky to not get a couple of wickets from him. In addition to it, he is also a capable bat.
Khary Pierre is, again, an alternative to the more common Naveen-ul-Haq or Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Grand League Tips
Pick Ibrahim Zadran and Keemo Paul
Captaincy option: Shimron Hetmyer
Back Alzarri Joseph to return an easy couple of wickets (if not dropped)
Differential picks (ownership% at the time of writing the article): Ibrahim Zadran (2%), Keemo Paul (2.5%), Khary Pierre (3%), Shimron Hetmyer (44%)
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