About the Match
After having been thoroughly beaten by the West Indies in the T20 series, it is now time for Afghanistan to try and pull an upset in the One Day Internationals. Can Afghanistan raise their game and put up a challenge in front of the West Indies or is it going to be smooth sailing for the hosts once again?
There is a huge difference between the T20 and ODI side that West Indies put on the park. There will be no Carlos Braithwaite, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree or Marlon Samuels and so it is not surprising that they are languishing at 9th
in the ODI rankings right now.
Roston Chase has been rewarded for his excellent test match performances with an ODI call-up, a move that should strengthen the West Indies team considerably.
The best performers in the ODI side for the West Indies have been Jason Mohammad and Shannon Gabriel. Evan Lewis has not been able to translate his t20 form into the ODI format, while batsmen like Kieron Powell, Shai Hope, and Jonathan Carter are still struggling to cement their place in this team.
West Indies will have to hope that their batsmen are able to combat the barrage of spin that they will encounter and put some decent totals on the board. We think Rovman Powell is an exciting talent for the West Indies and could use this series to make his mark.
The fast bowling trio of Gabriel, Joseph and Cummins should also fancy their chances against an Afghan side that was found out against the short ball in the recently concluded T20 series.
While the West Indies will be undergoing some massive personnel changes, the opposite is true for Afghanistan. Most of the same faces that were in the T20 squad will be taking the field in the ODI series. Stability and balance can be a good thing, however, in this case, we think it points to a lack of depth in their talent pool.
Also, most of the players have just been beaten soundly by the West Indies and so would be low on confidence.
Afghanistan is going to need its senior players like Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, and Samiullah Shenwari to face the short ball attack West Indies will surely employ and score the necessary runs. There are some talented youngsters in the team like Usman Ghani, Rahmat Shah, and Noor Ali Zadran, however, they will take a cue from their seniors as to how they approach the game.
Afghanistan's bowling is in a lot better shape than their batting thanks to the presence of some world class spinners. Rashid Khan is their trump card, however, the West Indies seem to recognize that they can just play him out and target the others.
This is where players like Nabi, Amir Hamza, and Dawlat Zadran need to step up.
It looks like world cricket is changing and going to throw up a lot more playing opportunity to Afghanistan in the near future. Unfortunately, it looks like their team is on the way down at this crucial juncture.
Pitch and Conditions
The matches will be played at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in where the West Indies have lost 10 out of their last 11 ODI’s, managing to tie one match in between. The pitch is expected to be low, slow and conducive for spin.
The Weather is always a factor in these islands and some amount of rain can be expected.
This is a match between two weak ODI teams and we think that Afghanistan has a better chance than it did in the T20 series. That being said, the West Indies should still have enough in their tanks to come out winners.
Back the West Indies to win.
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