Afghanistan and Australia will lock horns in the 4th match of World Cup 2019. The match will be played at County Ground, Bristol on 1st June 2019 at 6:00 pm IST. Both the team will be looking to start the tournament at winning note. So a cracker match could be expected.
Afghanistan is widely considered to be the dark horses in their second World Cup appearance. As the team can beat any opponent on their day. Afghans have some good bunch of players who are world known like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. The team had a good warm-up match against Pakistan where they won the match by 3 wickets in hand. Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Nabi were the positives from the batting whereas Nabi, Rashid, and Dawlat Zadran were good in bowling in the warm-up matches.
Player To Watch Out For – Mohammad Nabi
Australia will enter the tournament as defending champions. They are the most successful team in the tournament with five titles in their pockets. The team is boosted by the inclusion of David Warner and Steven Smith who have finished serving their one-year bans from international cricket. The bowling of the team also looks strong with Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile will be threatening with the ball in English conditions. All-rounder Marcus Stoinis along with Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh will constitute Australia’s middle order.
Player To Watch Out For – Steven Smith
The pitch looks a belter with a hint of reverse swing on offer in the later stages of the innings. The spinners also extracted turn in both the warm-up matches.
Probable Line-ups ( Playing XI )
Afghanistan – Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran.
Australia – David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon.
Australia is clearly a better side when we compare it with Afghanistan. But Afghanistan can not be underestimated. With a strong batting line-up and a terrific bowling attack Australia will be favourites