Afghanistan vs West Indies – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction
When is Afghanistan vs West Indies taking place? Saturday, November 9th (08:30 UK time)
Where is Afghanistan vs West Indies taking place? Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
What is the expected weather for Afghanistan vs West Indies? Sunny spells expected throughout the day, 29c
What channel is Afghanistan vs West Indies on? This match will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Afghanistan vs West Indies? This match can be streamed live for users that have a Betfair account
Where can I get tickets for Afghanistan vs West Indies? Tickets for this match can be purchased directly from the stadium
West Indies beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets
THE TEAM NEWS
- Afghanistan were comprehensively beaten in the first one-day international of this series and the seven-wicket loss was largely down to a batting collapse as they moved from 126/2 from 26.2 overs to 194 all out, as the West Indies comfortably chased that down.
- The highlight of the batting was a century stand for the third wicket between Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil but other than a knock of 35 from Asghar Afghan, none of their other batsmen contributed, nor were able to hang around long enough to bat out the 50 overs.
- That ultimately left their bowlers with very little to play with and the likes of star spinner and captain Rashid Khan never had an opportunity to apply pressure with the run rate, but they will need a much-improved display all-round and they may decide to keep faith with the team and give them another chance in this second ODI as they seek to stay alive in the series.
- The Windies got off to a great start under new Head Coach Phil Simmons and new skipper Kieron Pollard as they outplayed the hosts in all facets to beat them by seven wickets and give them an early confidence booster at the start of this tour.
- The bowlers laid the foundations for the victory with a superb economical display and, with Alzarri Joseph proving expensive, the fact they had all-rounder Roston Chase to count on to cover some overs proved ideal, though Joseph should get another start here unless they decide to bring Khary Pierre or Keemo Paul in.
- The biggest boost to the confidence to the team will be the way in which Shai Hope (77*) and Roston Chase (94) played against their spinners as they largely played it well and left Rashid Khan wicketless so that should give them a lift for the rest of the series and changes to the batting line-up are highly unlikely.
The manner of defeat in the opening one-day international will dent the confidence of the home side as they were thoroughly outplayed by the West Indies. Rashid Khan especially will be keen to bounce back and make an impact but they will ultimately need their batsmen to do more if they are to compete in this series. Winning the toss and bowling first may be the way forward for them to reduce the pressure on their batsmen. Barring complacency creeping in for the tourists however, it is hard to see Afghanistan’s route to victory unless their batting improves significantly and they can hit 250+ runs.