ICC World Cup 2019 starts with a dress rehearsal match between Pakistan and Afghanistan set to take place on May 24 at County Ground in Bristol. As per the warm-up game rules, both the teams are permitted to play 15 players each. Explore cricket betting tips for the match here.
Pakistan was beaten by the World Cup hosts, England, in the recent fifty overs series. It was a rough series for men in green. They would like to recover from the loss and work on the loopholes in the two warm-up games ahead of the official World Cup matches. The team management would like to experiment with the 15 players in these two games before officially announcing the final eleven for the event.
Cricket Betting Tips Key Players
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam batted really well in the series against England. Imad Wasim and Hasan Ali are crucial with the bowl. Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed provide strength in the middle order. Shoaib Malik and Haris Sohail will be judged for the world cup squad. Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, and Wahab Riaz are the ones to make a mark in the squad.
Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Abid Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
The tigers of Afghanistan have the capability to beat any team on their day but consistency has been an issue. Their most recent series was against Ireland and it ended 1-1. They need to look at their consistency before entering the league matches. Management has named Gulbadin Naibs as the captain to lead the side from the front.
Cricket Betting Tips Key Players
Mohammad Shahzad is an important player responsible for the team’s momentum. They have Asghar Afghan and Hasmatullah Shahidi in the middle order and Najibullah Zadran to hit the boundaries in the end. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan performed really well in the IPL and will be in action with the ball. Noor Ali Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, and Rahmat Shah will be proving their abilities with the bowl. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman struggled in IPL and is expected to return strong.
Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Stadium – County Ground, Bristol
Capacity – 7000
Ends – Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road End
Venue Scoring Pattern
Average 1st Inning Score – 244
Average 2nd Inning Score – 216
Highest Total – 373/5 (England Women vs South Africa Women)
Lowest Total – 92/10 (Zimbabwe vs England)
Chased Target – 359/4 (England vs Pakistan)
Defended – 182/10 (New Zealand vs England)
Weather & Pitch Conditions
The weather is cold ad breeze might play a factor in the match. It is a dry wicket with not much grass.
Toss would be crucial in the match with the team winning the toss would like to elect to bowl first.
Head to Head
In the last three matches between the two teams, Afghanistan is yet to beat the men in green.
Cricket Betting Tips and Prediction
Pakistan is placed at the sixth position in the ICC ranking whereas Afghanistan is placed at tenth position. Pakistan has the advantage of playing their recent games in England. Odds are against the blue tigers as they have never defeated Pakistan in the fifty-over format. Afghanistan doesn’t have the best of the bowling attacks and their bowling attack can suffer against Pakistani pace bowlers. It is the best time for Pakistan to return to their winning ways.
We think Pakistan will win the match.