PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Afghanistan lost their tenth 50-over game in a row when they went down by seven wickets in the first ODI. One doesn't envy a captain who inherits such a problem Rashid Khan is once again in charge of trying to change things bigger than himself. The primary problem with Afghanistan's ODI cricket is their batting. At the moment, they are not getting quick starts consistently, they are barely making it past the first powerplay without losing wickets and, as a result, the middle overs become all about rebuilding. Afghanistan need the openers to fire and give the team a platform to build on. With Ibrahim Zadran in the squad, it won't be long before one of the openers is asked to make way unless they start producing results. Afghanistan did have a few bright spots with Ikram Ali Khil and Rahmat Shah stitching a century stand in the middle overs. Much is expected from Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, whose franchise cricket experience is key against Kieron Pollard and his men. Despite the easy win for West Indies, Shimron Hetmyer's form will be a concern for the visitors. However, with Shai Hope and Roston Chase starting well in the series, West Indies can bank on them to nullify the Afghanistan spinners. Kieran Pollard's ODI captaincy debut went as planned, and a series win will certainly put the side on track as they try to build after a dismal World Cup campaign.
Spin is expected to play a huge part in the proceedings with the likes of Roston Chase and Mujeeb ur Rahman able to extract turn in the previous game. Considering his ability to play spin well. Although Rashid Khan went wicketless in the first game, still he remains Afghanistan’s best bet with the ball. Shai Hope’s return to international cricket was a sweet one as he took West Indies. With the West Indian keeper’s form being good in the subcontinent, he guarantees runs on a tough wicket.
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