The match prediction of Afghanistan vs. West Indies
Date & Time: 27 November, 09:30 AM Local
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The series is poised at an interesting point, as West Indies dominated the ODI series by 3-0. However, Afghanistan has done very well to make their way back into the series by winning the T20I series.
Afghanistan is still a newbie in the Test format. Although recently they beat Bangladesh on their backyards. It will be a big challenge for them to keep improving as a team in tests.
West Indies will play the test on the back of the series loss against India on their home conditions. They will look to come back as a team to forget the loss.
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Mohammed Nabi has retired from the test cricket after the series against Bangladesh; it will be a significant loss for them.
Left-handed spinner, Amir Hamza is expected to make his debut in the absence of Nabi. Another spinner Zia-ur-Rehman is also on the line for the appearance. The spin attack of Afganisthan is looking mostly fresh apart from the Rashid Khan, while Yamin Ahmadzai will lead the pace attack for them.
In batting, Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan will hold the key in the middle order. However, both of the openers are relatively inexperienced. They looked all right as a batting unit against Bangladesh.
Cricket Match Tips Key Players
Rashid Khan was the hero for Afghanistan in the last two wins. His presence will present a considerable amount of threat to the man in maroons.
Afghanistan XI Prediction
Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Nasir Jamal, Asfar Zazai (wk), Rashid Khan (c), Amir Hamza, Zia-ur-Rehman, Yamin Ahmadzai
The spin attack of West Indies is looking reasonably inexperienced. However, the pace attack is sounding well equipped. Captain Jason Holder and experienced Kemar Roach will be the primary weapons in pace.
In batting, Kraigg Brathwaite is struggling with his form for a while. His opening partner, John Campbell, is also not in good shape either. West Indies needs a decent contribution from them for making a strong foundation.
Cricket Match Tips Key Players
Shai Hope has transformed into a precious player in the ODI format. But have not justified his potential in test format. So he might look to match to make his test pedigree better.
West Indies XI Prediction
John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (wk), Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Jomel Warrican
Stadium – Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Capacity – 50,000
Weather & Pitch Conditions
There is no alarming sign over the weather for the only test match between Afganisthan and West Indies. The temperature will be 20 degrees.
During the limited over series, the pitch of Lucknow has offered a substantial amount for both spinner and pacer. The pitch is expected to behave similarly in the test.
By considering the nature of Indian pitches, both teams might prefer to bat first to avoid bat in the 4th innings.
Cricket Match Tips and Prediction
West Indies will have the edge in the match, as they are the most experienced team.