Teams will be updated after the toss.
Tournament Name: Afghanistan v West Indies
Venue: The Ekana International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date: 11, November 2019
Time: 2 pm IST
Afghanistan put a disappointing performance in the first 2 matches but they are expected to bounce back in this match as they are a good team. They can replace H Zazai with Ibrahim Zadran. Most of their hopes will depend on their spin trio M Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb. Their important batsmen are Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi. Rahmat Shah is the pillar of their batting unit while rest were in good form in their domestic T20 tournament. Najibullah showed his talent again in the last match by scoring a half-century in the last match.
Rashid Khan, M Nabi and Mujeeb will lead the spin attack for the team. Rashid is best in these 3 but he is struggling to take wickets at this time. All the 3 spinners are lethal and are wicket-taking bowlers. Naveen Ul Haq and G Naib(risky) are expected to lead the pace attack of the team. Both are average bowlers.
West Indies have declared a revamped squad for this series. They performed superbly in both the matches. Keemo Paul can replace A Joseph in the playing11. Their important batsmen are Shai Hope, S Hetmyer, R Chase and K Pollard. E Lewis and N Pooran can play a big inning on their day. Both Shai Hope and R Chase batted well in the first match and scored match-winning half-centuries while Lewis and Pooran scored half-centuries in the last match.
S Cottrell, Jason Holder and Romario Shepherd will lead the pace attack of the team while A Joseph will assist them. Cottrell is their best bowler while Jason Holder not quite far behind. H Walsh and R Chase are expected to lead the spin attack of the team. All of Chase took 5, Holder and R Shepherd took 2 wickets each while H Walsh took 4 wickets in this series.
There is no chance of rain so a full match is expected. However, players can get affected due to smog.
Pitch is expected to be bowling friendly.
Probable playing XI:
Hazratullah Zazai/ Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, S Ashraf, Rashid Khan (c), Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Zadran
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell, A Joseph/ Keemo Paul
Shai Hope: He is a consistent performer of this format. He is the best batsman of the team so you can expect a good knock from him.
Rahmat Shah: He is a consistent performer and is the best batsman of his team as per talent. He is in a decent form but he guarding the fort from one end.
Rashid Khan: He is one of the best spinners in the world. He is known for taking wickets in the bunches.
M Nabi: He is a good all-rounder and can be easily the most valuable player of your fantasy team. He will give you points with both bat and ball.
S Cottrell: He the best bowler of the West Indies and is one of the experienced campaigners of this format. He is known for his pace, swing, and line-length.
Jason Holder: He is a consistent performer and was in good form in international cricket. He is a decent batsman and is a good bowler.
Roston Chase: He is a technically strong batsman and is a clever spinner. He was the star player of the last match and he can perform well again as this pitch suits his game.
Small league: M Nabi, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jason Holder
Grand league: Rashid Khan, S Cottrell, Mujeeb (Small leagues captain can be used in grand leagues, bowlers are always good captain for grand leagues)
Note: Final team will be updated after the toss.
In the wicket-keepers spot, both Shai Hope and N Pooran are good batsmen however Shai Hope can play a good inning on this slow wicket so you can prefer him in your team. As wicket is expected to be slow so try to cover all important all-rounders and bowlers in your team. Don’t underestimate the Windies team by seeing their last match performance.
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are of the author and are not a reflection of the actual points you might earn.