England vs Afghanistan, Match 24 Prediction2019-06-19
Old Trafford, Manchester
Man of the Match: Eoin Morgan
?Prior to this match, the two teams met in the previous World Cup (2015) at Australia, which England won quite comfortably.
?Afghanistan, who hold ICC rank 10, are yet to win a match in this World Cup while top-ranked England has won 3 out of 4 matches they played.
?Afghanistan mainly relies on their key bowlers – Rashid Khan (ICC rank 3rd) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (ICC rank 10th) but they lack sufficient support from the batting department.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: England will comfortably win this match against Afghanistan.
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Expectedly, England’s performances in all the matches have been remarkable. Except for the match against Pakistan which they lost just by 14 runs, they dominated all the matches so far. While they have two victories with 100 plus runs margins (South Africa and Bangladesh) to boast of, against West Indies the hosts won effortlessly chasing the modest total of 212 runs.
Afghanistan created history by winning the first test match in March 2019 against Ireland, justifying their qualification for the ICC World Cup 2019. In Asia Cup, 2018, they defeated teams like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to reach the Super Four round. Also, they defeated Pakistan in their warm-up game. However, they started feeling the heat now, with four straight losses. They must have realized by now the level at which the World Cup main games are played, especially due to their batting debacles.
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Since January 2018, England has won nearly 74% of the matches, and matching it, they won 3 of their 4 matches in this World Cup. In the first match of the World Cup, English bowlers scythed through the batting line up of South Africa after their batsmen put up a total of 311 thanks to Ben Stokes' 89 in 79 balls. Jofra Archer led the bowling unit with his marvelous 3 for 27 as England won the match by 104 runs. In the second match, they allowed Pakistan to score 348 runs which proved too many for their batsmen at the end, despite 107 from Joe Root and 76 from Buttler.
Against Bangladesh at Cardiff, the hosts bounced back and scored 386 primarily due to Jaso Roy’s mammoth score of 153. Ben Stokes (3 for 23) and Jofra Archer (3 for 29) again became the key bowlers for the side helping England to seal the match by 106 runs. In the fourth match, they limited West Indies to 212 bowling first. Key contributors were Mark Wood (3 for 18) and Barbados born Archer who took 3 wickets giving away just 30 runs against the side he could have been playing for, had ECB not changed the residency and eligibility rule.
Jason Roy is the top scorer for England since July 2018, as he scored1113 runs in his last 19 ODI innings during that period, followed by Joe Root (1049 runs) and Eoin Morgan (958 runs). Adil Rashid bagged maximum wickets in last 12 months (37 wickets in 23 matches), followed by Liam Plunkett (23 wickets in last 17 games) and Mark Wood (21 wickets in last 15 matches). Jofra Archer has been shining expectedly with his 10 wickets in four World Cup games.
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, James Vince, Jofra Chioke Archer, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
|J Chioke Archer||9.0||1||30||3||3.33|
|J Chioke Archer||9.0||1||30||3||3.33|
Eoin Morgan (c), Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Barring the match against Sri Lanka, when Afghanistan bowled out the batting side around 200, they looked quite ordinary on such a big platform playing against the biggies. No doubt, they have a strong bowling attack with the presence of Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, but their batsmen fail consistently to provide them the support required to win a game or at least come close to the winning position.
In the first match, Afghanistan lost to Australia by 7 wickets, after putting up just 207 runs. Najibullah Zadran contributed with his half-century and Rahmat Shah provided support to him with his 40 plus score, however, 207 was never enough against any team at the international stage. They had placed themselves as a front runner to win the second match versus Sri Lanka, after bowling out the opponents for just 201 in 36.5 overs. But, the disastrous batting show denied them the chance to get their first win in this World Cup.
In their match against New Zealand, Hashmatullah Shahidi (59 off 99) did not get enough support from his fellow batsmen and the Kiwis chased down 172 runs without any trouble. Afghanistan batsmen are not able to make a big impact as most of the time, the batsmen fail to contribute collectively or produce a big partnership. In four games, they have just 4 fifty plus partnerships. Against South Africa, they collapsed once again to their lowest total (125 runs in 34.1 overs) which was chased down by SA in 28.4 overs and 9 wickets remaining. Eight of their batsmen couldn't score in single digit and three players got out for a duck.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (632 runs in previous 18 innings) and Rahmat Shah (55 in last 20 innings) and Mohammad Shahzad (488 in 15 innings) are the batsmen to watch for. Among the bowlers, Rashid Khan (28 in last 17 matches), Aftab Alam (24 wickets in last 14 matches) and Gulbadin Naib (23 in previous 17 games) are the top performers for Afghanistan.
Ikram Ali Khil, Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah
Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan
The match is to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester. The highest total recorded on this ground is 318/7 by Sri Lanka vs England while the lowest total here is 213 by England versus India that was in 1983 World Cup. The average score batting first and second here are 214 and 192. Out of 45 matches in which we got the results, the teams batting second have won 27 times. Hence chasing looks to be a good option here.
Out of 45 matches in which we got the results, the teams batting second have won 27 times. Hence chasing looks to be a good option here. It will be a good toss to win, bowl first and restrict the opponents to a modest target.
Afghanistan is in a chaotic situation at the moment, with 4 straight losses and that many batting collapses. Their highest total so far is just 207, while apart from the match against Sri Lanka, they grabbed just 7 wickets in three matches. England would prove to be a too good team for them. They are superior to Afghanistan in all three departments and all the statistics are in favour of England. Thus, we predict that England will dominate and defeat Afghanistan to and probably gain the top position in the points table.
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