Date & Time: Thursday, November 14, 19:00 IST
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India
Afghanistan seek for revival in T20Is
After the one-sided 3-match ODI series, the West Indies and Afghanistan start their rehearsal for WT20 2020 with a 3-match T20I series starting on Thursday in Lucknow. Afghanistan has had a horrible time in the ODI by losing 12 matches in a row. In the T20I format, they have been in some good stead where they proved to be the better team in the recently concluded Tri-series in Bangladesh. The change in format with a fresh squad might bring the best out of them in a format where they thrive across the globe. On the flip side, the West Indies who are the World Champions in 2016 have gone through a downward curve since then. But they hope to turn it around with the mega event coming up soon.
Afghanistan Possible XI:
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (C), Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
West Indies possible XI:
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams
The surface in Lucknow has been on the slower side in the ODI series but a different kind of surface is set to use in the T20I series. So expect a few runs to flow, with dew likely to play a big part.
The newly-appointed skipper has led the team well in the ODI series and the same can be expected in T20Is as well. He may not have much time with the bat in the ODIs. With the given credentials Afghan has in this format, we can expect him to play a crucial role in the T20Is. He has a PPM of 51 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches.
He is the outstanding bowler for Afghanistan in the ODI series and he is also in decent form in the T20s as well. His role bowling upfront in the power play is a key aspect for Afghanistan. He has a PPM of 41 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches.
He has lived up to his expectations on him in the ODI series as he proved to be the leader of the attack. In T20Is it’s not going to be any different as he is in impressive form.. His PPM of 53 and an MDTA of 1.29 in T20Is makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
He was not at his best with the ball in the ODI series but he has chipped in with few runs to compensate for that to some extent. But in T20Is, he can’t afford to do the same either with bat or ball as he is known to come up with match-defining performances. He has a PPM of 64 and an MDTA of 1.36 in the format.
In the ODI series, he was not at his half-decent best where batsmen saw him off as there was no pressure to score runs at a quick rate. But that will change in T20s as the format demands to score runs at a brisk pace which might allow Rashid to be more effective.