West Indies and Afghanistan will be squaring off in a dead rubber on June 4 at Leeds, Headingley as part of the World Cup 2019. The live scorecard and Ball by Ball commentary for the match will all be available on Sportskeeda.
This match will be played at the same ground where Afghanistan took on Pakistan in their last match too. In that game, the pitch was was pretty slow which made it difficult for batsmen to score freely. Considering this, spinners and pacers who take the pace off the ball will be in play yet again.
With respect to performances, Afghanistan have had a tournament to forget which promised to take off but has failed to do so thus far. Their start in this World Cup was marred by several off-field issues which were made things worse for a side which was struggling to even compete properly.
In the last few matches though, Afghanistan have been pretty competitive due to tracks which have provided a lot of assistance for their spinners. With West Indies being suspect against quality spinners, Afghanistan will believe that they have a chance to sign off on with a win.
However, they will also have to quickly get over their last encounter against Pakistan which ended in a heart-breaking fashion. Afghanistan let Pakistan off the hook from a position they were favourites to win the match. Skipper Gulbadin Naib committed a blunder by getting himself on to bowl ahead of the spinners at a critical stage while the team's overall fielding effort was under the scanner yet again.
West Indies are coming into this game after a disappointing loss against Sri Lanka. Their 'hit and miss' nature has meant that this World Cup campaign has been a case of being so near yet so far.
In the last match, Nicholas Pooran and Fabian Allen essayed quality knocks but Sri Lanka came back to win the game by 23 runs. West Indies have to stitch together a complete performance if they do not intend to end their World Cup campaign with just one win.
The West Indies' fast-bowling attack, in particular, will be a major threat for Afghanistan. How the Afghanistan batsmen handle the likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder might eventually decide the fate of this match.
The most recent fixtures between these two teams can be traced back to the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe. Afghanistan won both the 'super six stage' match and also the final of the tournament in a comfortable fashion.
Overall, in ODI cricket, Afghanistan lead the head-to-head record with three wins as compared to West Indies' lone win and the Gulbadin Naib-led side will be hoping to finish off on a positive note.
As Afghanistan fight for two points that can see them finish with atleast one win from the competition, stay tuned to Sportskeeda for the live score and more.
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