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.
After having dominated for the first four games of the tour, West Indies fell a bit wayward in a format that suits both them and Afghanistan the best. Afghanistan managed to beat West Indies in the last two games of the T20I and gained some momentum. West Indies, in their last Test series, was beaten comprehensively in their own backyard by a pace-heavy Indian team. A different challenge awaits them now as they will be bracing for trial by spin. Having already secured two wins in three Tests and with the main danger coming from their spinners. Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan is in top form in the format, having taken 11 wickets in last Test match against Bangladesh which they won by a massive margin of 224 runs. Rahmat Shah also scored a brilliant century in the first innings, and a lot will depend on the duo if Afghanistan is to counter West Indies’ threat.
Despite being outplayed against India in the home series earlier this year. West Indies team is one where the major attractions come in the batting department. The likes of Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase will be the ones that will shoulder the main responsibility, but youngsters like Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer also have the perfect opportunity to impress against challenging the opposition. Afghanistan, on the other hand, are still a young Test side. Their batsmen, despite the win against Ireland and Bangladesh, are yet to settle into the demands of the long format. There is a rush-of-blood tendency to their game, and even as they bat deep, they will need to apply themselves even better than they did the last time against Bangladesh. Also, much unlike the West Indies, they will rely on their spinners to bag those 20 wickets.
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