Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Afghanistan v West Indies 2nd T20I

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan
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The 2nd 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.

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Afghanistan had hoped that after getting beaten in the ODI series comprehensively by 3-0, they would start off the T20Is on a positive note. That, though, has not been the case.

Batting first in the 1st T20I, West Indies posted a good total of 164, courtesy of a 41-ball 68 from opener Evin Lewis. A late 22-ball unbeaten 32 from skipper Kieron Pollard helped the team to a slightly above par score.

Surprisingly, all-rounder Gulbadin Naib proved to be the best bowler for Afghanistan with figures of 4-24-2. Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai stuck ground for 29 deliveries and so did Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran but all of them scored at run a ball or even slower which did not help the team's cause.

Afghanistan could never really keep pace with the required run rate and the West Indies bowlers had a big part to play in that.

Kesrick Williams was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies with three scalps while Kieron Pollard and Hayden Walsh picked up two wickets each. It was an all-round bowling effort from the Men in Red with Sheldon Cottrell conceding just 5 runs from two overs .

What was ever more disappointing was that Afghanistan never really went for it. In the coming matches, one would like them to perish while trying to win the game rather than just being sitting ducks.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Afghanistan - Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fareed Malik

West Indies - Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh

 

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)

Players of the Match –  Evin Lewis

Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 155+, 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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