Date & Time: Wednesday, November 06, 14:00 IST
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India
Both seek a new beginning in the format with an eye on T20 World Cup
The West Indies and Afghanistan last faced each other in the 50 over World Cup in England, are now ready for a new beginning in the format with the change in management and in leadership. Since the completion of the World Cup, West Indies have played against India and have been clean-swept across formats. On the other hand, it is the first ODI for Afghanistan since that very match against the West Indies in the World Cup. The 3-match ODI series is not only to find missing pieces in the format but also to find how good are the T20 newbies, who earned a place for the impressive show in their respective T20 leagues.
West Indies Possible XI: Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer,Nicholas Pooran(w), Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh.
Afghanistan Possible XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib,Rashid Khan(c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq.
The venue at Lucknow has seen only a lone T20I to date. It is expected to assist spinners, but if dew is present it may not be the same, later in the evening.
He is one of the few Windies batsman who has been in some sort of form in the format. His ability to tackle spin well will be a vital factor for the side in dealing with the Afghan spin trio. He has a PPM of 71 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last five games.
The ex-captain hasn’t had the best of times in the lead role but he is the most consistent performer for the side in the format. He has an impressive PPM of 65 and an MDTA of 1.4 in ODIs which makes him the most sought after player in the Dream11 cricket team.
The veteran is the leading wicket-taker for the side in the format and his ability with the bat in the middle is as crucial as his off-breaks. He has a PPM of 67 and an MDTA of 1.5 in the format.
The newly appointed captain may not have had a great World Cup journey, yet he was amongst the top wicket-takers for the side across formats. He is also known for playing handy cameos down the order. He has an impressive PPM of close to 80 and has an MDTA of 1.27 in ODIs.
His performance at No.3 is crucial for the side which is not known for its batting by any means. His recent form in the format makes him a worthy pick in the fantasy team where he has a PPM of 60 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 games.
He is certainly not in the greatest of forms in recent times, but he is the kind of player who can really change the game if he gets going. He has good memories in India where he has piled on runs against the home team back in 2018. It might be the place for him to come back to his best.