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Persistent rain on Wednesday at The Grange in Edinburgh denied Scotland and Afghanistan to have any game time whatsoever. With one game washed out, the two sides only have one game to play against each other which is to be played on 10th May at the same venue. Not much has changed since Wednesday, the day when they were last scheduled to play. Both the sides have different reasons to register a win here and will be desperate for a win and we expect a cracking contest on Thursday.
Scotland would be more disappointed about being robbed of game-time due to inclement weather conditions. They do not really get to play as often as the Afghans and they like to take every opportunity that comes there way.
Just like the Afghans, Scotland are also expected to play the same field as they were in the previously scheduled encounter. Matt Cross, Kyle Coetzer, and Calum Macleod will be a force to deal with the bat whereas the presence of Michael Leask and Richie Berrington add to their balance in the middle-order.
They have a decent bowling attack which is perfectly suited to bowl in the cool and overcast conditions. Their quick bowlers should enjoy bowling at the surface which is expected to offer plenty of assistance for the seamers and if they are able to pick up some early wickets, the Afghans will certainly have their work cut out.
Matthew Cross, Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Craig Wallace, Tom Sole, Safyaan Sharif, MRJ Watt, Alasdair Evans, Bradley Wheal.
Afghanistan lost an opportunity to test their bench strength before the marquee ICC event which is certainly something they'd miss. However, they still have a game to play in the series and a few more warm-ups before the World Cup which should be sufficient enough to get them up to speed as far as the conditions are concerned.
While Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been released to play for Afghanistan following Sunrisers heart-breaking defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals, it is highly unlikely that they will take part in the upcoming encounter.
Afghanistan are expected to field the same side as they would have on Wednesday and while their batting looks decent despite the absence of Mohammad Nabi, their balance is certainly not as good. Also, with Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi both likely to be rested, they'll have to find someone to keep the scoring rate minimal in the middle overs and if they can do that, Afghanistan would certainly have the upper hand.
M Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Asghar Afghan, N Zadran, R Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Hamid Hassan.
While both the sides look pretty evenly matched on paper, the Afghans will certainly miss the services of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, unless of course, they decide to play the duo in the upcoming encounter - which is highly unlikely. Scotland will be fielding their full strength squad and in addition to that, the fact that they have the home advantage, Scotland are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming fixture, albeit not by much.
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