Cricket Prediction World Cup – Afghanistan vs Australia – Afghanistan look to make their impression against Australia in their first game

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Cricket match date: 01st June 2019

Cricket match time: 06:00 pm IST

Cricket match location: County Ground, Bristol

Cricket Match format: ODI

Tournament: World Cup

Team A: Afghanistan

Team B: Australia

Team A Captain: Gulbadin Naib

Team B Captain: Aaron Finch

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Cricket Match Preview:

It could only be Australia, isn’t it? Even after getting two of their most experienced and best players banned for a year, it did not stop them from being one of the strongest favourites for this World Cup. They were in complete disarray a year back when they did not know from where their next win is going to come from. Now, just before the World Cup, they have beaten both India and Pakistan in their conditions and are looking ominous for the other teams.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, came into this tournament after winning the qualifying tournament played in Zimbabwe. They not only qualified but they also defeated West Indies in the final along with various other teams vying for that spot. They have improved their cricket at an amazing speed and has a couple of huge superstars in Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who have travelled a lot together to play in various franchises around the globe.

From having a few options, Australia now have plenty of them. They will go with Aaron Finch and David Warner as openers although Usman Khawaja did a stellar job with Finch when Warner was away. Shaun Marsh performed the role of number three to perfection in the absence of Steve Smith and even he will have to move a spot down. Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis will shoulder the responsibility of middle order and lower middle order. Their bowling is as strong as ever with the presence of Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins and Kane Richardson.

Afghanistan beat Pakistan in their first warm-up game and that would have given them immense confidence. However, in their very next game, they came up against England and were hammered in less than 20 overs. That cricket game would have come as a reality check for them and they know they have a lot to learn before they can consider themselves a strong side.

Irrespective of the playing conditions, Australia should be too difficult a task for Afghanistan but even if the latter can make a good fight of it, it will give them good confidence for rest of the eight cricket games.

Cricket Match Information:

Afghanistan will take on Australia in their first World Cup cricket game of 2019 edition. Afghanistan also played in the 2015 World Cup, but they are coming into this tournament with enhanced reputations and a few superstars. Australia, on the other hand, have emerged as favourites yet again after struggling with their side for around a year.


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Australia will be led by Aaron Finch in the World Cup. They are coming into the World Cup after winning back-to-back cricket series against India and Pakistan. They now also have the services of David Warner and Steve Smith. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Kane Richardson as the third pacer in the lineup.

Here is our prediction of Australia’s playing XI:

  • Aaron Finch
  • David Warner
  • Steve Smith
  • Alex Carrey
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Adam Zampa
  • Usman Khawaja
  • Mitch Starc
  • Kane Richardson
  • Pat Cummins


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Afghanistan will be led by a new skipper Gulbadin Naib, who has replaced Asghar Afghan as the captain for their team. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game.

Here is our prediction of Afghanistan’s playing XI:

  • Mohammad Shehzad
  • Hazratullah Zazai
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Asghar Afghan
  • Samiullah Shinwari
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Hamid Hasan
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Rashid Khan
  • Dawlat Zadran

Cricket Statistics and Prediction:

Steve Smith showed a great form in the warm-up games for Australia. Our prediction is of a great comeback for the former skipper of Australia in this game of cricket.

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

The last international cricket match played here was between Pakistan and England recently. England won that cricket game by chasing the score of 359 runs in just 44.5 overs. Our prediction is of high first innings score in this cricket game especially if Australia bat first. Conditions are expected to be dry.

Our Prediction:

Australia will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have been in good form in the build-up to the World Cup. Hence, our prediction is of Australia’s victory in this game of cricket.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Steve Smith (AUS) – 100+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Mitch Starc (AUS) – 2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Glenn Maxwell (AUS)

LOGO 2 Odds

Afghanistan – 6.50

Australia – 1.08

*odds may change anytime

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