Captain Rashid Khan has got to inspire their batsmen to take up responsibility.
Afghanistan have found themselves in a losing rut in the ODI format at the moment. They have now lost 11 consecutive ODIs and have to somehow find a way to get over the line. They cannot get a better chance than the dead rubber to be played on Monday to get back to the winning ways. West Indies have already won the series after emerging victorious in the first couple of matches. Afghanistan have been bowled out for 194 and 200 in the two matches so far, with half-centuries for Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil in the first match and Najibullah Zadran last time out ultimately not enough to prevent two poor defeats. West Indies, on the other hand, have Shai Hope fit again and in excellent batting form, while you cannot keep Roston Chase too far from the action – after his all-round heroics in the first game, he claimed another three wickets last time out. Even if they rotate players with the series won, West Indies go into this final game as favorites to wrap up a series whitewash.
A COUPLE OF CHANGES ARE IN ORDER
A couple of changes are in order with the series already done and dusted. Javed Ahmadi's failures at the top of the order should see him drop out of the side for Ibrahim Zadran while Yamin Ahmadzai could feature in the bowling unit. Although their batting unit has experience in its ranks, the batsmen haven't able to stave off the challenges posed by Roston Chase. Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi will hold the key, with both of them in decent form. A lot rides on the young shoulders of Rashid Khan, who has picked up just one wicket in the series. West Indies could be expected to rotate their players with Brandon King and Khary Pierre set to feature for the first time in the series. Evin Lewis and Romario Shepherd should make way for the former two, while there is a possibility of Keemo Paul replacing Alzarri Joseph as well.
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