Afghanistan vs West Indies – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Afghanistan vs West Indies taking place? Saturday, November 16th (13:30 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? 22c and clear skies with dew expected to play a major factor in the second innings

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

LAST MEETING
West Indies beat Afghanistan by 30 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AFGHANISTAN

  • Afghanistan are under a degree of pressure coming into this second T20 international after losing the first match by 30 runs, as they simply have to win to keep the series alive and give their fans something to cheer after a poor series against the West Indies so far.
  • The performance in the first match had various positives as after winning the toss, they did manage to restrict the Windies to 164/5 with Mujeeb Ur Rahman getting them off to a good start with an early wicket and Gulbadin Naib returning to the side to take 2/24 from his four overs.
  • The batting however remains a major issue with only four batsmen reaching double figures and nobody surpassing 27 as they desperately need one of their main batsmen to anchor an innings to give them a chance in this game.

WEST INDIES

  • The Windies are flying with confidence right now as there appears to be a major change in mindset under coach Phil Simmons and captain Kieron Pollard as they come off another win over the hosts in a match where they were a long way from their best.
  • With various factors working against them in the first T20 such as an injury to Fabian Allen and losing the toss, they grafted for the victory thanks to 68 from Evin Lewis and a man of the match performance from skipper Pollard who is revelling in the role once again.
  • It is unlikely they will change the winning formula for this second match as they look to seal the series but if Allen is not considered fit enough, then left-arm spinner Khary Pierre could well be handed an opportunity to come in.

THE PREDICTION

West Indies picked up where they left off in the ODI series in the first T20 match as they had too much quality once again for the hosts. Afghanistan are struggling for form with star captain Rashid Khan not at his best and their batsmen continuing to struggle against the Windies’ bowling unit. Several factors were in their favour in the first match yet they still fell significantly short of the target. That is likely to happen again here and it could be even more comprehensive if the Windies win the toss and field first which is clearly an advantage in the dew in Lucknow.

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