I’m not sure if we can call this match an even encounter at all. Match 24 of the ICC 2019 World Cup and the hosts England have won 3 of their 4 matches so far, with one unlikely loss against Pakistan. They are one of the tournament favourites and they now play a team which is down and out – Afghanistan. This team has lost all four of their games so far and will be hoping for some rain to call off this game, so that they at least get a point.
If the match happens however, England are clear favourites. Knowing the host team, they might even be looking at batting first and getting another massive record 400+ total on board. In just one previous meeting in ODIs, England thrashed Afghanistan in CWC 2015. Keep reading for our Playing11 (sign-up to get Rs.50 FREE) fantasy preview of the ENG vs AFG match…
- Tournament: 2019 ICC World Cup.
- Date: 18th June 2019, 3:00pm IST
- Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
- Capacity: 19,000+
- Series status: Match 24 of the round robin stage.
Form (recent first)
- ENG: W W L W W
- AFG: L L L L W
- 3 of the last 4 ODIs here have been won by the team batting second.
- England have won 25 of their 38 ODIs at this ground.
- Head to head, England lead 1-0, winning by 9 wickets in 2015.
- Jofra Archer – 12 wickets in last 5 games for England.
Biggest blow to England for this game is the loss of Jason Roy to a hamstring injury. After having a brilliant CWC 2019 so far, he will miss out and a more-than-capable James Vince will slot in as a replacement. Pick Vince as he is coming off a brilliant domestic season which got him this selection in the first place. Opening partner Jonny Bairstow is also coming off 445 runs in 10 games at IPL 2019 at 128 runs in 4 games here so far. He has starts in the last 3 games and will be looking to convert here.
Another unsure player for this game is captain Eoin Morgan. He has a back spasm and there’s a chance he misses this game in which case Joe Root will step up as captain. Remember, Root as plundered 2 centuries and 1 fifty so far and there’s no way you can leave him out. With the ball, newbie Jofra Archer has 9 wickets in 4 games in CWC 2019 and in the warm-up against Afghanistan, he picked up 3/32 and is a must-have in your fantasy team.
Afghanistan are having team issues of their own. After the mysterious dropping of Mohammad Shahzad, they dropped Najibullah Zadran in the last game, someone who has easily been their best batsman so far with scores of 51 and 43 against tough oppositions. He is set to come in for former captain Asghar Afghan.
Apart from Najibullah, pick the IPL 2019 stars Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, even though they haven’t been able to produce their best results yet. Apart from them, I find a very capable all-round in Gulbadin Naib and he’s someone you can’t miss in your Playing11 (sign-up to get Rs.50 FREE) fantasy team. I believe he can do much better than the 63 runs and 2 wickets he has so far in the 2019 World Cup.
ENG vs AFG Betting
CWC 2019 Match 24 – ENG vs AFG
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