Cricket Prediction ICC World Cup Warm-up Matches 2019 – England vs Afghanistan – Confident Afghanistan look to surprise the tournament favourites England

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Cricket match date27th May 2019

Cricket match time03:00 pm IST

Cricket match location: Kennington Oval, London

Cricket Match format: ODI

Tournament: ICC World Cup Warm-up Matches 2019

Team A: England

Team B: Afghanistan

Team A Captain: Eoin Morgan

Team B Captain: Gulbadin Naib

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Cricket Match Preview:

In the cricket equivalent of David meets Goliath, Afghanistan will take on tournament favourites, England,  in their second warm-up game. The analogy, however, is not based on skillsets but on the stature of both cricketing boards. While England are the mighty force in the World Cup, with the sheer amount of money they have, Afghanistan, on the other hand, are the emerging force in cricket as a team.

England have been the best team in the world in the past four years. It seems that almost everything has aligned itself for England, the pitch, the attacking batsmen and now they have even assembled a good bowling attack as well with the inclusion of an exciting talent, Jofra Archer. So far, they have had a few injury concerns with skipper Eoin Morgan being out of their warm-up game against Australia due to an injury.

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. Buoyed by the century from their wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad and destructive bowling from skipper Gulbadin Naib, who picked up six wickets, they beat Ireland by 126 runs. They look all set to be a surprise package for the upcoming World Cup.

Afghanistan also gave a glimpse of their rising stock in the warm-up cricket game against Pakistan. Their bowlers bowled Pakistan out for 260 odd runs in under 50 overs and then, for a large part of their run chase, they looked very comfortable. It was only in the later stage of the game that they seemed to lose their way and lost quick wickets. Even accounting for the late collapse, it was a big win for Afghanistan against a big side like Pakistan.

England would not want to make the mistake of taking Afghanistan lightly. While England’s batsmen are in supreme form, they would not have faced anything like Afghanistan’s bowling attack for some time now. That should be the most fascinating aspect of this clash.

Cricket Match Information:

England will take on Afghanistan in their warm-up game of cricket. So far, Afghanistan have already played one warm-up cricket game, which they won by three wickets against Pakistan. Meanwhile, England were playing their warm-up game of cricket against Australia when this piece was being written.  


Probable XI (Our Prediction):

England are going to be strong favourites for the World Cup. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Eoin Morgan in their playing eleven if he is fit.

Here is our prediction of England’s playing XI:

  • Jos Butler
  • Johnny Bairstow
  • Joe Root
  • Eoin Morgan
  • Moeen Ali
  • Jason Roy
  • Liam Plunkett
  • Mark Wood
  • Adil Rashid
  • Jofra Archer
  • Chris Woakes


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 their 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:

Eoin Morgan should make a comeback for this game of cricket after being out due to injury. With just a few days to go for the opening cricket game, England’s skipper would like to get some game time. Our prediction is of a good knock from him in his comeback cricket game.

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

The last international ODI cricket game played here was between Pakistan and England recently. That game was abandoned after only 19 overs in Pakistan innings. Our prediction is of the score of around 330 runs if England bat first. Conditions are expected to be sunny and beautiful for a cricket game.

Our Prediction:

England will begin the game of cricket as favourites. They are the number one cricket side of the format and are expected to be very tough to beat yet again despite the strength of Afghanistan’s bowling. Our prediction is of England’s win in this warm-up cricket game.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Jonny Bairstow (ENG) – 100+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Rashid Khan (AFG) – 2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Jonny Bairstow (ENG)

LOGO 2 Odds

England – 1.11

Afghanistan – 5.45

*odds may change anytime

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