Afghanistan vs Australia, Match 4 Prediction2019-06-02
County Ground, Bristol
?Australia have never lost an ODI game against Afghanistan and this will make the side confident
?David Warner, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch are in great form with the bat for the Australian side
?Afghanistan will find it tough to stand up against Australian pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Marcus Stoinis
CRICBETTINGBUZ PREDICTION: Australia to win this game!
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Defending champions Australia would start their World Cup campaign against a spirited Afghanistan team at County Ground, Bristol. The Aussies seem to have put behind the poor form and problems in their combination with the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to their side. For Afghanistan, it will be a big moment as they have earned their place in an edition that has been cut down to 10 teams only. They have impressed everyone in the last couple of years.
The two sides haven’t seen much of each other and have so far played only two ODIs with the Australian team emerging victorious on both occasions. It will be a big test for the Afghan side and they would be looking forward to putting up their best performance.
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Gulbadin Naib will be fairly confident about his side’s prospects going into this game. They won the warm-up game against Pakistan comfortably but suffered a huge defeat against England. The skipper would hope his side isn’t intimated by the strong opponents they are up against in the game and simply stick to their plans. He would hope his spinners work their magic in this game.
Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmat Shah are looking in great form with the bat at the moment. Hashmatullah Shahidi has also done well. The side bats deep with players like Samiullah Shinwari, Samiullah Shinwari and Mohammad Nabi in the team and it will be interesting to see how they fare against a tough bowling attack.
As far as bowling goes the skipper would want his new ball bowler Dawlar Zardan to pick up early wickets with the new ball and set the perfect stage for the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi to weave their magic. Gulbadin Naib himself would need to bowl tight spells in the middle overs for his side to contain the strong batting line-up of the Australians.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hamid Hassan, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, M Shahzad, N Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran
Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Aaron Finch would be happy with his side’s preparations leading up to the opening game of the tournament. They won both their warm-up games and the good news for the side is the form of Warner and Smith as both these players have looked comfortable out in the middle. Finch would like to start the tournament with a win and will hope for his players to play to their strengths.
The batting line-up is formidable for the side with David Warner and Usman Khawaja having shown good form at the top. Steve Smith seems to be in the perfect zone and so are Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis in the lower order. While skipper Finch didn’t do well in the warm-up games he would surely be eyeing for a big score in this game. It will be a tough batting line-up for the young Afghan side to bowl to.
Australians have a good pace bowling attack though they haven’t been in the best of form especially Mitchell Starc. With Pat Cummins and Marcus Stoinis in the attack, they will be looking to make the best use of the conditions. The experienced Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa will be looking to keep it tight in the middle overs.
Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), David Warner
There are predictions for heavy cloud cover at Bristol on June 01 and this will make it tough for the batsmen in the initial overs when the ball is expected to move around. In the last few games, the pitch has been a good one to bat on and we expect a score in excess of 300 in the game.
It is typically a surface where teams winning the toss have opted to bat first but with the predictions for rain, the side chasing the score might have an advantage. We expect the side winning the toss to bowl first to try and use the conditions in their favor.
Afghanistan has made a great improvement in its game over the last few years and boasts of having the best spin attack in the world. But they are up against a formidable opponent in their first game. Australians now back to full-strength have the advantage over Afghanistan in terms of batting and fast-bowling resources and this will surely make the world champions favorite in this game.
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