Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Afghanistan v West Indies 1st T20I
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series of the Afghanistan v West Indies series in India will be played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
An ODI series win against a good-looking West Indies side was always going to prove an uphill task for Afghanistan as they lost the series 3-0. The closest they came to winning was in the last match of the series, but lost by 5 wickets.
They will now have their best chance in the format that suits them the most. That said, West Indies are also the most comfortable in T20Is and are the defending champions of the T20 World Cup for good reason.
Interestingly, Afghanistan are ranked 8th in the ICC T20I team rankings while West Indies are two notches below them at the 10th spot.
Afghanistan will be more or less unchanged for the T20Is. A major change for them would be the swap between Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil. Gurbaz made his T20I debut in the tri-nation series hosted by Bangladesh and ended as the top-scorer of the tournament. Hazratullah Zazai will partner wicketkeeper Gurbaz at the top of the order.
Rashid Khan will also want to come back to form as he was not quite at his best in the ODIs. He will be assisted by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi.
West Indies will be without Nicholas Pooran has been suspended by the ICC for 4 matches due to ball tampering. Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons are expected to open the batting for them with Shimron Hetmyer and Kieron Pollard following. Sheldon Cottrell will be their leading bowler.
While Afghanistan have won 3 out of their last 5 games, West Indies are on a losing streak and have lost all of their last 5 games including a 3-0 loss to India at home.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Afghanistan- Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan (c), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
West Indies- Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - Afghanistan
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan), Evin Lewis (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Evin Lewis (West Indies)
Man of the Match – Evin Lewis
Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 150+, West Indies 170+
Match Handicap West Indies
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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