Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Afghanistan v West Indies 1st Test
The only Test match 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.
After having conceded the ODI series and won the T20Is, Afghanistan will not take on West Indies in Lucknow in the only Test match of the tour. Afghanistan will be high on confidence, coming off a T20I series victory.
Their recent performances in this format have also been good with the team having won against Bangladesh and Ireland in their last two games. West Indies, on the other hand, are coming after a 2-0 series thumping against India at home.
Rahmat Shah would be the key batsman for Afghanistan as he became the first ever batter for the team to score a Test century with a 102 against Bangladesh. In that game, Asghar Afghan also scored two half-centuries and will partner Shah in the batting order.
Rashid Khan was slow to start off his Test career but after 11 wickets in the Test match against Bangladesh, he will be a big threat for West Indies.
The Calypso Kings will look towards all-rounders Roston Chase and Jason Holder to put up strong performances. Both have performed well in batting and bowling and remain the leading players of the Test team.
Shai Hope has an ODI average of 50 but has not been able to translate that into Test cricket till now with an average of only 27.50. But, this might just be the series for him to turn it around.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Afghanistan - Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Nasir Jamal, Asfar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan (c), Amir Hamza, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia-ur-Rehman
West Indies - John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (wk), Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Jomel Warrican
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win the toss? - Afghanistan
Who will win? – West Indies
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rahmat Shah (Afghanistan), Roston Chase (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Kemar Roach (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Asghar Afghan (Afghanistan), Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies)
Man of the Match – Roston Chase
Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 250+, West Indies 285+
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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