Huge Image – Benefit Afghanistan?
It is now roughly midway by way of the World Cup, and the desk is starting to take form. Afghanistan and Pakistan, the 2 sides that take one another on in Chennai, are nowhere close to the pinnacle of it, and it is already starting to method must-win territory for every of those sides. Defeat for Afghanistan would virtually actually knock them out, whereas a Pakistan loss leaves Babar Azam’s aspect with no additional room for error.
Afghanistan LWLLL (final 5 accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
Within the highlight: Ikram Alikhil and Shaheen Afridi
There is not a lot that Pakistan have needed to cheer in regards to the previous couple of video games, however Shaheen Afridi‘s efficiency in opposition to Australia was little wanting world-class. In a recreation the place Australia racked up 367, he registered figures of 5 for 54, together with the innings’ solely maiden over, in an beautiful bowling show that straddled all three phases. Issues might need been even higher for Pakistan had Usama Mir not shelled a easy likelihood off his bowling when David Warner – who would go on to attain 163 – was on 10. He has report in opposition to Afghanistan, with 12 wickets at 15.25, and with Pakistan needing to get their World Cup again on observe, Shaheen’s management with the ball might go a great distance.
Group information – Does Usama Mir nonetheless make the Pakistan XI?
Afghanistan (doable): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz 2 Ibrahim Zadran 3 Rahmat Shah 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt) 5 Azmatullah Omarzai 6 Ikram Alikhil (wk) 7 Mohammad Nabi 8 Rashid Khan 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10 Naveen-ul-Haq 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi
The one query for Pakistan is whether or not Usama Mir, who had a disappointing earlier outing, will get one other alternative in additional conducive situations. One in all Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Mir will miss out, with Nawaz trying prone to make means.
Pakistan (doable): 1 Abdullah Shafique 2 Imam-ul-Haq 3 Babar Azam (capt) 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 5 Saud Shakeel 6 Mohammad Nawaz/Shadab Khan 7 Iftikhar Ahmed 8 Usama Mir 8 9 Hasan Ali 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi 11 Haris Rauf
The pitch would be the identical because the one used for the Australia-India recreation a fortnight in the past, which suggests each side can count on loads of flip.
There’s an extreme warmth warning in Chennai tomorrow, with situations anticipated to be notably oppressive all through the afternoon. That would imply batting first for the aspect profitable the toss.
“We’ve performed 4 matches and we’re 2-2. We’re assured. We settle for that we didn’t play nicely within the final two matches. We must carry out up to speed.”
Imam-ul-Haq recognises the necessity for an improved efficiency from Pakistan
*6.20GMT, Oct 22: The stat had erroneously overlooked Moin Khan. This has been corrected.
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