With either side winning the T20I and ODI series, Afghanistan and West Indies battle it out for bragging rights in the only Test, starting on Wednesday. Although this game isn't part of the ICC World Test Championship, both teams would be eyeing a win in Lucknow. While Afghanistan looks to gain valuable experience in the longest format, the Windies would ideally want to recognize their best eleven in the Test format.
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Although Afghanistan is relatively new to the rigours of Test cricket, they have already have wins over Bangladesh and Ireland. Both teams look evenly matched on paper although West Indies' experience gives them the edge. Here are a few tips to help you pick your Dream11 team for AFGH vs WI.
Squads to choose from:
Rashid Khan, Asghar Afghan, Ihsanullah Janat, Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Karim Janat, Qais Ahmed, Ikram Ali Khil, Afsar Zazai, Nasir Jamal, Zahir Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Hamza Hotak, Nijat Masood.
Jason Holder (C), Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Jomel Warrican, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph.
Playing XI Updates:
A couple of new names feature in the squad although the core should remain the same. Ibrahim Zadran should open the batting alongside Javed Ahmadi for this game. The dependable, Rahmat Shah will be key in the top order with the likes of Ashgar Afghan and Zazai following him.
While Ikram Ali Khil could win his second cap, Afsar Zazai is the first choice keep for the Afghans. They have included Zahir Khan and Karim Janat for this game although only one of them is expected to feature alongside Rashid Khan. Yamin Ahmadzai will handle the new ball as he is set to be the lone pacer for this game.
Possible XI: Ahmadi, Ihsanullah, Ibrahim, Rahmat, Ashgar, Khil, Zazai(WK), Rashid, Zahir, Ahmadzai and Qais.
As for the Windies, Jason Holder will lead the side which should feature Shai Hope and Roston Chase in it. While Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell are set to open the innings, Sunil Ambris or Shamarh Brooks will get the nod in the middle order. Rakheem Cornwall had a decent debut series against India and will feature as the lead spinner with the Windies most likely to include Warrican as well. Jason Holder will be key with both bat and ball as he is set to take the new ball along with Kemar Roach.
Possible XI: Brathwaite, Campbell, Brooks, Hetmyer, Hope, Chase, Dowrich(WK), Holder(C), Cornwall, Warrican and Roach.
Afghanistan vs West Indies, Only Test
27th November 2019, 9:30 AM IST
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
The pitch should favour the spinners as seen in the recently concluded T20 and ODI series. While the new ball bowlers should get some help early on, the pitch should provide ample turn and will be key in the context of the game. Teams will look to bat first with the conditions being good for batting in the first day or so.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: Shai Hope is the the ideal choice for this slot with the Barbados native in decent form as well. Hope stood out in the ODI series as he scored 229 runs in three outings. While Afsar Zazai could also be opted along with him, Shai Hope is a must have in the side.
Batsmen: Rahmat Shah and Kraigg Brathwaite are bound to feature in most fantasy teams owing to their temperament and consistency. While Ashgar Afghan is also a decent option, Ibrahim Zadran could get the nod after a sensational debut against Bangladesh. One of Shimron Hetmyer or John Campbell could get the nod as well with both players capable of spin well.
Allrounders: Three spin-bowling allrounders are preferred with Roston Chase being a vital part of the fantasy team. The West Indian was brilliant with the ball in the ODI series and is in decent form with the bat as well. Rashid Khan, on the other hand, is Afghan's best bet with the ball. If credits suffice, Jason Holder could also be included.
Bowlers: Zahir Khan is another must have in the side with the chinaman adding variety to the Afghan bowling unit. Along with him, Yamin Ahmadzai is a viable candidate with the pacer capable of troubling the openers with the new ball. One of Jomel Warrican or Kemar Roach should suffice in rounding the team off.
Captain: Shai Hope and Rashid Khan are the front-runners for captaincy. While the pitch should play nicely into Rashid Khan's hand, Shai Hope's previous performances in the subcontinent should hold him in good stead heading into this game. Roston Chase is another viable option along with Ashgar Afghan.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Rashid Khan, Jomel Warrican, Yamin Ahmadzai and Zahir Khan. Captain: Shai Hope, Vice-Captain: Rashid Khan
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Shai Hope, John Campbell, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Rashid Khan, Qais Ahmed, Jomel Warrican and Zahir Khan. Captain: Rashid Khan, Vice-Captain: Roston Chase.Published 26 Nov 2019, 10:21 IST