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by Alastair Symondson Tuesday 7 May 2019
Scotland will host a game against Afghanistan on their home turf at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Afghanistan have clearly got the better of Scotland on numerous occasions. Out of the 11 ODIs played between the two teams, Afghanistan have won seven of them, more so in recent times. However, in the last match that was played between the two teams, Scotland came out victorious by seven wickets at the ICC World Cup Qualifier.
The venue of this match has already seen a match between the two teams, which was won by Afghanistan by a comfortable 78-run margin.
Scotland would bank on their top three batsmen Matthew Cross, Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod to get them off to a good start. Coetzer is the leading run-scorer for the team and would have the onus of dishing out something extraordinary. Among the bowlers, Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans and Mark Watt will be the strike men for Scotland.
Afghanistan will be without their key all-rounders Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan which will be a huge blow for the team. However, Kings XI Punjab having not qualified for the IPL playoffs, Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be available and is expected to have a game-changing impact against Scotland batsmen who are not used to playing mystery spin.
Afghanistan will be led by Gulbadin Naib, while former captain Asghar Afghan will also be a part of the playing XI.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Scotland- Matthew Cross (wk), Kyle Coetzer (c), Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Michael Leask, Safyaan Sharif, Mark Watt, Alasdair Evans, Tom Sole, Bradley Wheal
Afghanistan- Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Who will win? – Afghanistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Calum MacLeod (Scotland), Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Safyaan Sharif (Scotland), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan)
Most Sixes – Calum MacLeod (Scotland), Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan)
Team Scores Batting First – Scotland 250+, Afghanistan 300 +
*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 soon, so stay tuned.
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