Cricket match date: 24th May 2019
Cricket match time: 03:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: County Ground, Bristol
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: Pakistan tour of England 2019
Team A: Afghanistan
Team B: Pakistan
Team A Captain: Gulbadin Naib
Team B Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed
Cricket Match Preview:
Afghanistan will take on Pakistan in the only ODI cricket game to be played between the two sides. This ODI will be another opportunity for both sides to fine-tune their issues and the lineup that they are likely to play come the World Cup.
Afghanistan last played the ODI cricket series against Ireland. It was a two-match ODI cricket series, which was drawn level with 1-1 scoreline. Pakistan, on the other hand, played a cricket series against England, which was easily won by England. In fact, Pakistan failed to win a single cricket game in the ODI cricket series. Post the clash between these two cricket teams, Afghanistan will play one more cricket game against England, whereas Pakistan will be playing one ODI game against Bangladesh.
In the cricket series against England, Pakistan’s bowling looked toothless and lacked their usual penetration. They regularly conceded the total over 300 runs and, while their batting was much better, it was not enough for them to win the games of cricket. They have made some changes to their preliminary ODI squad by including Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Aamir and Asif Ali.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, were off-colour against Ireland in the first ODI cricket game, which they easily lost. However, in the second cricket game, they were back to their best and, buoyed by the century from their wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad and destructive bowling from skipper Gulbadin Naib, who picked up 6 wickets, they beat Ireland by 126 runs. They all look set to be a surprise package for the upcoming World Cup.
Pakistan should not be too disheartened though. Their batting has been their weakness for a long time and with a newfound devil-may-care attitude, they have crossed the total of 350 runs twice in two games of cricket. If only they can get their act right while bowling, they will pose a tough challenge to all the opponents.
Cricket Match Information:
Afghanistan will take on Pakistan in the only ODI of the cricket series. These are the last few ODIs before the World Cup for both teams. The World Cup is scheduled to begin from 30th of May with the clash between England and South Africa.
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. The first-choice players like Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan are expected to make comeback in this cricket series. Our prediction is of at least three changes to the playing eleven.
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
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Pakistan will be led by the experienced Sarfraz Ahmed. He will be leading Pakistan’s side in the World Cup as well. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Mohammad Aamir in the playing eleven for this cricket game if he is fit.
Here is our prediction of Pakistan’s playing XI:
- Sarfraz Ahmed
- Babar Azam
- Harris Sohail
- Wahab Riaz
- Imad Wasim
- Hasan Ali
- Mohammad Aamir
- Asif Ali
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Fakhar Zaman
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Imam-Ul-Haq has been one of the best openers in the ODI cricket for the last couple of years. He has been in good form even in this cricket series. Our prediction is of another good performance from him in this cricket ODI.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international ODI cricket game was played here between Pakistan and England recently. England won that cricket game easily after chasing down 358 runs set by Pakistan in just 44.5 overs. Our prediction is of the score of around 300 runs in this cricket game. Conditions are expected to be quite cool and windy.
Pakistan will begin the game of cricket as favourites. They are coming from a tough cricket series against England and will be prepared to take on Afghanistan. Our prediction is of a Pakistan win in this cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Imam-Ul-Haq (PAK) – 100+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Wahab Riaz (PAK) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Asif Ali (PAK)
Afghanistan – 3.40
Pakistan – 1.28
*odds may change anytime