Day 3 of the ICC 2019 World Cup and it’s the first double header of this prestigious global tournament. The first game of the day is between New Zealand and Sri Lanka while the second one doesn’t promise a good fight, with Australia taking on Afghanistan. The mighty Aussies are 5-time ICC World Cup champions while Afghanistan is just making their second appearance, narrowly qualifying for the tournament.
However, let’s not forget that Australia has had a few tough times in recent months too, while Afghanistan has to be one of the most inspiring cricketing nations around. A couple of upsets from them are guaranteed this year but will one of their victims be Australia? We find out today! Keep reading for our complete Rotobash (sign-up to get Rs.100 FREE) fantasy preview of the AUS vs AFG match…
- Tournament: 2019 ICC World Cup.
- Date: 1st June 2019, 6:00pm IST
- Venue: County Ground, Bristol.
- Capacity: 15,000+
- Series status: Match 4 of the round robin stage.
Form (recent first)
- AUS: W W W W W
- AFG: W L W L W
- Head to head, Australia lead 1-0.
- Average 1st innings score here – 244 runs.
- Australia has won 1 of their 2 previous ODIs here.
- Steve Smith – 329 runs in 5 warm-up innings.
- David Warner – 692 runs in 12 matches at IPL 2019.
Make sure you pick the top few batsmen of Australia as well as the best pacers. It’s going to be very tough for Afghani batsmen to play bowlers like Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins so ensure you have both these in your fantasy teams. The last time Cummins went wicketless in a professional match was way back in March 2019 in an ODI against India, after which he has played 9 games. It’s even wise to make him your vice-captain.
With the bat, David Warner should be your first choice and he can also be your captain. He amassed runs for fun in IPL 2019 and his determination ever since coming back from a ball tampering ban is commendable. Another must-have is Glenn Maxwell who has been among the wickets and also has matured as a player in recent months. He skipped IPL to play in England so he has been here since a while now.
Before the build up to the World Cup, Asghar Afghan was busy breaking international batting records having scored 5 consecutive fifties in ODIs. You can pick him in your Rotobash (sign-up to get Rs.100 FREE) fantasy team while your wicket-keeper pick can also come from Afghanistan in Mohammad Shahzad, who left the field mid-way against Pakistan with a hamstring issue but he has been declared fully fit. He had a century against Ireland prior to that.
Two must haves in your team are Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. The spin wizard is making his World Cup debut while Nabi gets set for what may be his last major world tournament for Afghanistan. These players have terrific all-round abilities and apart from these two, new captain Gulbadin Naib is a potential game changing all-rounder too. As for Rashid, wickets are likely as he bagged quite a few Aussie wickets while playing the Big Bash League.
AUS vs AFG Betting
World Cup Match 4 – AUS vs AFG
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