Afghanistan vs. Pakistan
|Date & Time||Saturday June 29, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
Pakistan -600 / Afghanistan +400
Pakistan will play against Afghanistan in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Afghanistan have played 7 games and are yet to register a point. With that record, Afghanistan have no chance of qualifying for the next stage.
In their previous match, Afghanistan were defeated by Bangladesh.
It was another tough result for Afghanistan as they competed well throughout the match. The bowling was impressive from Afghanistan as they restricted Bangladesh to only 262. Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the star bowler for Afghanistan as he took 3 wickets at an economy rate of less than 4. Gulbadin Naib also impressed with 2 wickets.
Unfortunately for Afghanistan, the batting was not good enough to challenge the total. No batsman scored over 50 and that was the main reason for their downfall. Afghanistan have struggled to score runs throughout this tournament and I that pattern is likely to continue in this fixture.
Looking at Pakistan, the team currently has 7 points from 7 games. Pakistan won their previous match as they defeated New Zealand by 6 wickets. The win means that Pakistan still have a good chance of making the semifinals.
Pakistan bowled extremely well during the win against New Zealand as they only allowed the Kiwis to get 237. Shaheen Shah Afridi was the star bowler as he took 3 vital wickets. Afridi only conceded 28 runs in his 10 overs.
The batting was also solid from Pakistan as they chased down the total set by New Zealand. Babar Azam (101*) and Haris Sohail (68) were the top batsmen for Pakistan as they played vital knocks to see the side to victory.
Pakistan have won their last 2 games and the team seems to be building some momentum as they finish their league games. Pakistan look confident and that will make them tough to defeat.
This match is set to take place at Headingley in Leeds. Judging from the matches at this venue, the pitch should be slow. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan should enjoy bowling on this surface.
Taking everything into consideration, I am picking Pakistan to win this match. Afghanistan have struggled with their batting and I don’t see how they score runs against the likes of Mohammad Amir. Pakistan have found some wins and the team should have enough quality and confidence to defeat Afghanistan.