World Cup 2019, Match 42: Afghanistan vs West Indies Match Prediction - Who will win today's match?
In a rematch of ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018 final, West Indies will lock horns with the Blue Tigers, Afghanistan in the 42nd match of ICC World Cup 2019. Though the match is a dead rubber and will not affect the points table, it will be interesting to see whether Afghanistan are able to register their first-ever win in this tournament.
Both the teams have fared poorly in the 2019 World Cup. Interestingly, both West Indies and Afghanistan had registered victories over Pakistan in the last month yet both of them have been knocked out of the World Cup while Pakistan is still in the race. So, who will win today's match between Afghanistan and the West Indies? Here is the best match prediction:
The venue of this match is Headingley, Leeds, the same stadium which hosted the game between Sri Lanka and England. The pitch here often assists pacers which means West Indies will look to have a bowl first after winning the toss. The Men in Maroon have Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas who can exploit the conditions and dominate the Afghan batsmen who have been struggling to score runs.
If Afghanistan bats first, 250-260 will be the score to reach for them. With the firepower that West Indies has in their batting lineup, even that would be a small score but Afghanistan has the spinners to restrict Jason Holder's men.
In case Afghanistan wins the toss, then Gulbadin Naib should opt to bat first only because Afghanistan have faltered while chasing. Also, West Indies have the potential to score a total in excess of 350 as they have nothing to lose. So, Afghanistan will be on the safer side if it bats first and post a handsome total on the board.
Whatever be the case, West Indies are the firm favourites to win this encounter, thanks to the destructive players they have in their team.
So, today's match prediction is that West Indies will defeat Afghanistan to end their World Cup 2019 campaign on a winning note.
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