Pakistan vs Afghanistan: Match 36 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Sees A Resurgent Pakistan Take On Afghanistan In a Game Of High Stakes
Pakistan will be hoping to sustain momentum and avoid any upset vs Afghanistan later today. The Green Shirts have been on a roll lately as wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka have put them in a very good position to qualify for the semi-finals.
Pakistan still need to win their remaining two matches and hope that England slip up in the process.
Big Picture – Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Afghanistan have won a lot of hearts during this World Cup. That’s all they have done honestly. They have no points to show for their exuberance. Pakistan should still be vary of the Afghan threat, specially after a warm-up match defeat at the hands of Afghanistan earlier in the month.
Afghanistan came with a promise to upset at least two teams in this World Cup but they have spent their campaign dogged by one issue after another, on and off the field, and are winless in seven games.
They will now play for pride against Pakistan, a neighbouring country with which the rivalry is more intense than just a cricketing one.
The Pakistan camp, in the meantime, has suddenly found its best form, buoyed after inflicting a first defeat upon New Zealand. Their World Cup dreams are well and truly alive, and comparisons to the 1992 World Cup campaign have now reached fever pitch.
All of that will fade, however, if Pakistan fail to beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, two sides who did not play the 1992 version of this competition.
Afghanistan LLLLL (Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Team News – Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Pakistan (probable): 1 Imam-ul-Haq. 2 Fakhar Zaman. 3 Babar Azam. 4 Mohammad Hafeez. 5 Haris Sohail. 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk). 7 Imad Wasim. 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Shaheen Afridi
Afghanistan (probable): 1 Gulbadin Naib (capt), 2 Rahmat Shah, 3 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 4 Asghar Afghan, 5 Samiullah Shinwari, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Pitch and Conditions
It’s expected to be the hottest day of the year, with the temperature exceeding 30 C. The pitch is expected to be slow, but recent games here have had fast bowlers achieve success, which should play into Pakistan’s hands.
Match 36: Pakistan vs Afghanistan
Venue: Headingley, Leeds
When: Saturday, 29 June
Time: 02:30 pm PST, 9:30 am GMT