Afghanistan gained the toss and selected to bat first against Pakistan on Saturday in thirty sixth healthy of the ICC Cricket world Cup 2019, scheduled to be played at Headingley Cricket floor in Leeds, England.
Pakistan seems to stay within the hunt of a semi-very last spot as they take on Afghanistan these days. Afghanistan haven’t batted first tons on this tournament but, conditions-smart, this is a good threat for them nowadays to relaxed a respectable rating. They’ve by no means overwhelmed Pakistan in ODIs although, losing all of their 3 preceding meetings. however, they received a warm-up fit against Pakistan.
The in shape starts offevolved at 2:30pm (PST), am 10.30 GMT and 09.30am nearby time.
enthusiasts from both facets of the border between war-weary nation Afghanistan and Pakistan will watch this global Cup fit with extreme feelings.
Pakistan can’t come up with the money for any greater slip-ups, desiring to win their very last fits to maintain a sensible hazard of reaching the semi-finals.
Hamid Hassan is returned for Afghanistan, whilst Pakistan are unchanged, Wahab Riaz having conquer a spot of finger-niggle.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz is not going to change his gambling XI, unless enforced by using an harm, because the combination has labored thoroughly for him over the wins in opposition to South Africa and New Zealand.
team Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi
Afghanistan: crew Afghanistan’s spinners took handiest eight wickets of their first five video games. The closing two video games, on drier surfaces, have visible their spinners bag 9 wickets. The captain is tough to assume what exchange he would possibly do to his group today.
crew Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Pakistan have a four-5 win-loss file at Headingley in ODI contests. In global Cup video games but, ther have a triumphing three-2 record here.
Afghanistan have lost the maximum wickets – 47 – to speedy bowlers on this world Cup.
Afghanistan, acting in only their 2d international Cup for the reason that their debut in 2015, are gambling for delight after dropping all seven in their fits up to now. Many Afghanistan gamers learned the game developing up as refugees in Pakistan.
‘We learnt a variety of cricket in Pakistan’
Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib faded political tensions between the two international locations, saying that he was hoping cricket should construct bridges.
“in case you study our cricket, we learnt a variety of cricket in Pakistan and we additionally played cricket in Pakistan,” Naib stated. “We also are hoping cricket is one component that can maintain a great relationship for absolutely everyone, every other country. So i am hoping that no longer simplest with Pakistan, however with India, Sri Lanka and other countries.”
Pakistan preserving close eye on Afghanistan’s spinners
Pakistan have spared no attempt of their preparations to tackle Afghanistan’s spinners in Saturday’s international Cup conflict that could be important to their hopes of making the semi-finals, batsman Haris Sohail stated on the eve of the contest.
lower back-to-back wins towards South Africa and New Zealand have given the former champions a hazard of making the knockouts but they ought to beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their very last video games and wish other results pass their manner to increase.
Sohail, who was dropped after their starting defeat by West Indies but again to the side scoring 89 and sixty eight inside the final two matches, said Pakistan needed to keep a close eye on spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who could hurt their probabilities.
“We’ve saved it quite simple. We’re going from match to suit. they have got great spinners and we’ve visible a whole lot of videos and we’ve labored from them. And with a bit of luck we’ll see a terrific healthy,” Sohail instructed newshounds.
Sohail scored only one run whilst Pakistan misplaced their warm-up healthy to Afghanistan closing month, but the 30-year-vintage said he had no doubts approximately his ability at the big level.
“From the last collection in opposition to Australia i have been gambling very well, and this time they’ve given me the extraordinary role… bat at four or five,” Sohail delivered.
“I’m going with my plan and we must determine the state of affairs and i’m able to play accordingly.”
in the meantime, Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib said his crew will fancy their chances on a Headingley wicket that might assist his spinners.
Afghanistan are searching to complete on a high after dropping all their seven games.
“if you observe similar conditions, it is simply in our favour, it’s correct for our spinners,” he stated.
“Sohail performed truely nicely in the remaining two games and Babar Azam too. Rashid is a one-of-a-kind spinner, a exclusive bowler to different spinners. So it’s tough to pick out him.”
ICC approves Shirzad as Alam’s substitute in Afghanistan squad
Afghanistan’s Sayed Ahmad Shirzad has been accepted as fellow paceman Aftab Alam’s replacement for the the rest of the world Cup, the worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) stated on Thursday.
The ICC said Alam, who had taken 4 wickets in three suits all through the tournament, were changed underneath “below fantastic situations” without providing information.
Shirzad has performed handiest one ODI in his career however is in line to function in Afghanistan’s last video games towards Pakistan these days and West Indies on July 4.
Cricket became famous in Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion of 1979, with younger people getting to know the game in refugee camps on the Pakistan border.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi and leg-spinner Rashid Khan started gambling the sport in Peshawar even as the Pakistan Cricket Board helped Afghanistan cricket by means of supplying device and playing opportunities.
two former Pakistan internationals – Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif – have played key roles in the improvement of Afghanistan as coaches over the past decade.
however the lingering tensions imply that Afghan gamers are reluctant to attract attention to their affiliation with Pakistan and frequently show extra of an association with Pakistan’s arch competitors, India.
at the pitch, Afghanistan beat their ambitious competitors in a pre-global Cup warm-up healthy, but they have got misplaced all 3 legit one-day internationals between the 2 aspects.
regardless of this winning document, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed warned his gamers not to take Afghanistan lightly.
“We understand they have got nice spinners in their crew,” said Sarfaraz, regarding Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. “we can’t take them gently due to the fact a crew inclusive of Afghanistan can be risky.”
“we have staged a comeback with a strong belief that we are able to win after which our way to the semi-very last is paved, however in the intervening time we have most effective Saturday’s recreation on our minds,” he delivered.
Pakistan’s ultimate match of the round-robin segment is in opposition to Bangladesh, which can turn into any other virtual sector-final at Lord’s on July five as they target the semi-finals.
Afghanistan’s points of interest are set lower however they have got a protracted-time period dream.
Naib said he was hoping gambling at tournaments consisting of the arena Cup might improve the same old of the game in Afghanistan.
“We want more matches to build our cricket so it’s clearly appropriate for us to play loads of cricket with them (predominant countries),” said the Afghan skipper
Pakistan fans spooked via freakish similarities to 1992
Predicting the results of the famously fickle Pakistan is continually a complicated undertaking however fans were struck by using an eerie similarity at this world Cup to their successful 1992 marketing campaign and wish it maintains all the way to the final.
Pakistan’s loss-win-washout-loss-loss-win collection of their first six matches in England mirrored their forestall-start run 27 years ago in Australia.
much like in 1992, additionally they bumped into a brand new Zealand facet hitherto unbeaten in the match and, uncannily enough, pulled off a victory on Wednesday to gasoline hopes of a past due run into the semi-finals.
Babar Azam smashed an unbeaten century and Haris Sohail supplied the center-order metallic with his 2d successive fifty after fast bowler Shaheen Afridi had wrecked the Kiwi batting order.
main the tributes to their beautiful turnaround became Imran Khan, the captain of the effective 1992 group and now their prime Minister.
“Congratulations to our cricket team for a extraordinary comeback. Congratulations in particular visit Babar, Haris and Shaheen for his or her first rate performances,” Khan tweeted.
Pakistan, currently sixth inside the points desk with suits in opposition to Bangladesh and Afghanistan to play, nevertheless have an uphill struggle to make the final 4.
The spooky parallels have already spawned severa memes on social media, with some of their long-struggling fanatics starting to agree with the stuttering run would possibly culminate with them triumphing their second world Cup name subsequent month.
some have even long gone further and anticipated that if that occurs, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, following in Khan’s footsteps, might go directly to grow to be the us of a’s high minister in 2045.
leading a aspect nonetheless uncertain of an area in the semi-finals, Sarfaraz is evidently not getting too ahead of himself.
“We aren’t thinking about 1992, we’re going in shape with the aid of in shape,” the wicketkeeper-batsman said after the six-wicket victory over New Zealand.
The jubilation amongst fans is in assessment to their temper after they lost to arch-competitors India within the June sixteen contest in Manchester.
Irate fans puzzled the players’ professionalism and even mocked Sarfaraz in London.
again-to-again victories in view that then have lifted the gloom and numerous former players took to Twitter to congratulate the crew.
“by no means nook Pakistan. We emerge as tigers while you do that. Congratulations & nicely executed boys,” former speedy bowler Shoaib Akhtar wrote.
“Pakistan keep the dream alive,” tweeted former captain Wasim Akram.