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by Alastair Symondson Friday 10 May 2019
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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
As Chennai Super Kings take on Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier of IPL 2019, they would not have the luxury of having a second chance if they fail.
The match will be played at Hyderabad's home ground at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. Chennai have a superior head to head record against Delhi and have won 14 of the 20 matches played between the two teams. Also, in both the matches that Chennai and Delhi have played in the league stage this year, Chennai have got the better of Delhi on both occasions.
Chennai Super Kings lost the Qualifier 1 to Mumbai Indians by a big margin of six wickets and would now be expecting to right the wrongs and make it to the all-important Final. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, were cruising along against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator but messed up in a run chase once again, only to win on the penultimate ball by a narrow margin of two wickets.
Delhi would have a better idea of the conditions as they have just played their Eliminator on this very ground. It is not expected out of a team like Chennai to repeat the mistakes from their previous encounter.
While Chennai's top order is not firing, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni remain the pillars in the middle order. Their bowling also has a few loopholes and apart from Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir, they do not possess extraordinary personnel in their ranks.
Chennai Super Kings- Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c)(wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals- Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma
One of the two quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup, will be played between Worcestershire from the north group, which ended at the second spot with six wins and two losses from eight matches and Somerset from the south group, which were at the third spot at the end of the league stage with five wins and three losses from eight matches.
The two teams will clash against each other at New Road in Worcester. Even though Worcestershire had two points more than Somerset after the group matches, that will not be a matter of consideration as the team losing the quarter final will be knocked out of the tournament.
Worcestershire have found an amazing run of form and have won consecutive matches against Notts Outlaws, Yorkshire Vikings and Derbyshire Falcons. The game against Falcons was a particularly high-scoring one as Worcestershire went on to chase down the target of 352 successfully.
While Wayne Parnell was their strike bowler, both Riki Wessels and Callum Ferguson struck centuries to achieve the rare feat.
Somerset also won their last league match against Surrey by five wickets, credit to some outstanding bowling from Craig Overton and Jamie Overton. Among the batsmen, James Hildreth was the highest run-scorer, while Tom Banton and George Bartlett also notched up half-centuries.
Worcestershire- Thomas Charles Fell, Riki Wessels, Callum Ferguson, George Rhodes, Brett DOliveira, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Josh Tongue
Somerset- Tom Banton, Azhar Ali, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Tom Abell, George Bartlett, Lewis Gregory, Roelof van der Merwe, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Josh Davey
In a heartbreak for Durham and manna from heaven for Lancashire, the latter managed to qualify for the the quarter finals after Durham's last match was washed out.
Lancashire, while having the same number of points (10) as Durham despite a lower net run-rate, qualified for the quarters and Durham were left stranded. It was Lancashire who had won one more match than Durham, which is the criteria for qualification.
Placed at the second spot in the south group points table with six wins and two losses from eight matches, Middlesex will face Lancashire in the quarter final to be played at Lord's in London.
In a ridiculously high-scoring match, Middlesex piled up 380 runs on the board in their last league match played against Kent. Max Holden was the star for the team as he smashed 166 runs from just 139 deliveries at a strike rate of almost 120. Ross Taylor also played a good hand and scored a valuable 94.
Toby Roland-Jones, James Harris, Nathan Sowter and Tom Helm then ensured that Kent fell short of the target by 33 runs. James Harris was the most impressive among the four bowlers and picked up four wickets, while conceding runs at an economy under seven.
Lancashire played their last league match against Warwickshire, which they lost by five wickets. Lancashire posted 277 runs on the board on the back of an 83 run-knock from captain Dane Vilas. Stephen Croft and Saqib Mahmood also scored 45 each.
Despite a breathtaking spell of bowling by James Anderson, with figures of 9-2-21-3, Warwickshire won the match by five wickets after it was reduced to 45 overs as per the DLS method.
Middlesex- Sam Robson, Max Holden, Nick Gubbins, Ross Taylor, Stephen Eskinazi, John Simpson, George Scott, Toby Roland-Jones, James Harris, Nathan Sowter, Tom Helm
Lancashire- Keaton Jennings, Haseeb Hameed, Steven Croft, Dane Vilas, Jake Lehmann, Rob Jones, Josh Bohannon, Graham Onions, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson, Matthew Parkinson
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