Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- Scotland v Afghanistan 2nd ODI
In the second of the two ODIs that Afghanistan are supposed to play in Scotland, Afghanistan will clash against the hosts at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh.
It was utterly disappointing when the first of the two matches had to be cancelled due to rain, without even a ball being bowled. This not only robbed Scotland of an experience of locking horns against a quality international side, it did not allow Afghanistan to get some much-required match practice before the 2019 World Cup.
Matthew Cross, Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod would be the leading batsmen for Scotland while Safyaan Sharif, Alasdair Evans and Mark Watt will have the onus of providing the team with crucial breakthroughs.
Despite Sunrisers Hyderabad having being knocked out of the Indian Premier League, it is not certain whether Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi would be available for this match in time. If they do manage to join the squad, it will almost guarantee a win for Afghanistan.
Even if the duo remains unavailable, Scotland batsmen would find it tough to face the mystery spin of Mujeeb Ur Rahman as his bag of tricks would take sometime for even the best in the business to wrap their head around.
While starting at a similar level as Scotland, Afghanistan have grown by leaps and bounds to become a top-quality side and would pose a tough challenge for Scotland.
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
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
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.