Date & Time: Saturday, November 09, 14:00 IST
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India
Can Afghanistan overcome conditions if they bat first once again?
Afghanistan and The West Indies clash off in the second ODI on Saturday in Lucknow. In the last game, toss played a crucial role. We can expect nothing different in the second one too. The presence of dew in the second half of the game makes the spinners’ job tough, which was a major factor for Afghanistan’s defeat on Wednesday.
On the other hand, The West Indies have made the most use of overcast conditions with restricting Afghanistan to a below-par total. They then chased the target down by taking their own time. Now the question is, can they handle Afghan spinners with the same ease by batting first or by chasing a decent target? The latter is where Afghanistan has to be wary of, considering their collapse at the end of the innings in the first game. Otherwise the West Indies have all the resources to tackle them just like they did in the first game.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same playing XI of the last match.
The surface in Lucknow has proved to be a tricky one for batsmen with enough offering for bowlers throughout. But in the second half, with the presence of dew, it has been difficult for bowlers, especially spinners. So the toss will play a crucial role as it did in the first game.
He has continued his good form against the Windies from Leeds to Lucknow. If not for his bizarre run out, he would have scored more runs given his timing in the first game. His PPM of 58 and MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games make him a worthy pick in the Dream11 cricket team.
The side’s most reliable batsman has lived up to the expectations piled on him by scoring a much-needed half-century. His calm approach and playing according to the given situation make him a must-have in the fantasy cricket team. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches.
He has shown why he is one of the crucial batsmen for the side in the series given his good credentials against playing spin. Once again, he’s going to be the keyman for the West Indies with the bat given the stretch of the spin department on the Afghan side.
In the first game, he has shown why he is the most consistent performer for Windes in recent times. Apart from a lone match, he has chipped in with a wicket or scored handy runs down the order. He has a career PPM of 65 and an MDTA of 1.4 in the format.
He is another Windies batsman who is known to have good credentials against spin. In the first game, he may not have had much to do. In the past he had scored a half-century against Afghanistan in the World Cup. He has a PPM of 69 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.