Afghanistan vs West Indies, 1st T20 Match Prediction2019-11-15
Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
An in-form Windies would look to squash the chances of Afghanistan’s triumph in the first T20I We predict West Indies to win the forthcoming game!
West Indies to win the upcoming contest!
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Following a 3-0 whitewash in the lately concluded ODIs, Kieron Pollard-led West Indies would be beaming with confidence as they take on Afghanistan in what could be a cracker of a contest for the fans of both the units. The tourists looked in great shape in the 50-over format and would hope to continue their supreme form in the T20Is as well.
On the other hand, the Rashid Khan-captained lineup would look to settle scores for their humiliating defeats in the longer formats. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the hosts manage to render a tough fight to Kieron Pollard’s men in the much-anticipated game at Lucknow.
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Afghanistan would be looking to settle the score of their ODI defeat in the forthcoming T20Is. They are a competent side in the T-20 formats and shouldn’t be undermined in the first game as well. Batting wise they look solid on paper with opener Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi hitting the ball pretty decently in the freshly concluded series. Najibullah Zadran is another fine prospect who could score a bucketload of runs at the situation’s behest. In terms of bowling, the hosts would be banking on Rashid Khan ad Mujeeb Ur Rahman for affecting the early breakthroughs.
The former’s performance, in particular, would hold the key for Afghanistan in the highly-anticipated feud. The likes of Gulbadin Naib and Karim Janat could prove lethal with their pace prowess amidst the conditions of Lucknow.
Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, N Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
West Indies would undoubtedly be the favorites to emerge meritorious in the upcoming duel. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer and Lendl Simmons were in stupendous form in CPL 2019 and would be backed to top the batting charts for Windies in the upcoming feud. Evin Lewis shouldn’t be forgotten for he could single-handedly win games for the Caribbean.
Skipper Kieron Pollard is going through a purple patch at the moment and would be one of the crucial players for Windies in the first T20I at Lucknow. Bowling wise, the tourists look well settled with Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, and Jason Holder scalping wickets at regular intervals.
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Evin Lewis, Fabian Allen, Sherfane Rutherford
There will be cloud cover around the stadium however, no changes of rain are being foretold as of present. The temperature would glide between 20-22 degrees Celsius.
Only one T20I has been played at the venue with the team batting first registering a total of 190+ runs on board. A belter of a contest could be expected in the first T20I.
The toss winning captain should consider batting first at this venue. The pitch offers excellent conditions for the batters in the first half of play and thus, it would be advisable to consider to bat at the earliest.
West Indies are in terrific form at the moment and taking into account their performance in the recently concluded ODI series, one shouldn’t be surprised if the Kieron Pollard-led side manages to outwit the hosts by gigantic margins. Afghanistan might render some obstacles to the opposition, however, sooner or later they will falter at the hands of the Caribbeans.
West Indies to win the upcoming contest!
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