Afghanistan defeated Ireland in the last Super Sixes game to displace Zimbabwe from the second place in the standings and set up a meeting with the West Indies in the final of the ICC WCQ 2018.
The match will be played on March 25 at the Harare Sports Club. Live action is scheduled to begin at 01:00 PM IST.
WI vs Afg Final: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Cricket
Live Streaming: Bet365, Hotstar, Sky Go
Barring Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels who scored 66 and 51 respectively in the last match against Scotland, no other batsman could put up a fight with 24 from Carlos Brathwaite being the third-highest score of their innings. The Windies will need to come up with a much better batting performance against Afghanistan who are likely to offer a stiffer challenge. Chris Gayle’s poor run of form is a big worry for the team and they will be hoping that he delivers this time. While sizeable contributions are expected from Lewis, Samuels and Shai Hope with the bat, Jason Holder (15 wickets in 6 matches) and Kemar Roach (10 wickets in 4 matches) are the teams’ best bets to do the damage when it comes to bowling.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
- Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kemar Roach, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell
They will be counting on the likes of Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah to take them off to a steady start with the bat. If their top-order is able to lay a decent platform, it will make things a lot easier for Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran down the order who have been the most consistent run-getters for Afghanistan in this tournament. In the bowling department, Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan seem to be the most threatening of the pack. Rashid is the trump card for his side and the leg-spinner has looked in good rhythm in the past few games.
Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11
- Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
West Indies vs Afghanistan ICC WCQ 2018 Final Match Prediction
Their three-wicket win over the West Indies earlier in the Super Sixes stage will give Afghanistan a lot of self-belief heading into this final game of the World Cup Qualifier. They also have a slight upper hand when it comes to head-to-head count with two wins in their three completed 50-overs fixtures against the Windies, besides having the momentum with them after winning their last four matches on the trot. However, it is still hard to overlook Holder’s team that has such a power-packed batting line-up and a sharp pace attack. West Indies don’t have to try something out of the ordinary and just need to play to their potential which was exactly what they couldn’t do in the reverse fixture. So we expect them to rectify those errors from that game and finish the tournament on a high.
Final Verdict: Back West Indies to beat Afghanistan.