PITCH AND CONDITIONS
Conditions are set to be hot in Lucknow on Saturday. It will get humid in the evening and a lack of wind could make things stuffy, but there is zero chance of rain.
Matches on this tour so far have suggested the Lucknow wicket can give the bowlers something, both pace for the fast men and a little turn too.
- With neither Hazratullah Zazai nor Javed Ahmadi scoring runs at the top of the order, Afghanistan could revert to their World Cup tactic of Gulbadin Naib up the order with in-form Rahmat Shah.
- Hazratullah’s lack of runs during the World Cup and now since has been one of their major concerns.
- After nine straight defeats at the World Cup, Afghanistan’s bid to end their ODI losing steak after they lost the first game of this series.
- Half-centuries from Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil had them well-placed at the halfway point, but they collapsed to 194 all out after Alikhil’s bizarre run-out and eventually lost by seven wickets.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF AFGHANISTAN
Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Asghar Afghan, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan (c), Yamin Ahmadzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
- Romario Shepherd and former USA international Hayden Walsh Jr made their West Indies ODI debuts last time out.
- Walsh’s inclusion as an extra spinner meant no space for Keemo Paul, but the balance seemed to work well in their seven-wicket win.
- Brandon King’s wait for his ODI debut goes on, and he may have to stay patient beyond this second match too.
- West Indies got back to winning ways after their series defeat to India, by starting this series with a victory.
- They bowled Afghanistan out for 194, with Jason Holder, Roston Chase, and Romario Shepherd all claiming two wickets, before Shai Hope (77*) and Chase (94) led West Indies to a dominant seven-wicket win.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF WEST INDIES
Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr, Alzarri Joseph
OUR FANTASY LEAGUE PICKS FOR AFGHANISTAN VS WEST INDIES 2nd ODI ARE MENTIONED BELOW:
- Rahmat Shah
- Rashid Khan
- Nicholas Pooran
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Evin Lewis
- Roston Chase (C)
- Shai Hope (VC)
- Romario Shepherd
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Ikram Alikhil
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman
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*Disclaimer: A team here is picked based on the perception, analysis, and gut feeling of the author. When you select your team, analyze the points mentioned to arrive at your own decision.*