Toss: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan. The match is being played at Bristol.
The time everyone was waiting for is finally here. The warm-up matches of the Cricket World Cup are happening from today. The first match is being played between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the country ground, Bristol. Afghanistan has played well in the last two ODI series with a 1-0 win against Scotland and 1-1 draw against Ireland whereas the fate of Pakistan was not too good in the last series against England as they were taken down by England with a 0-4 win.
Here is today’s squad of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman
The country ground in the Bristol is indeed a batting friendly. The dimensions of the ground are very small which means that both teams can score more runs easily. Defending the target on the basis of bowling is not an easy task to do on this track. Pakistan is desperate in order to win this match to have a fine startup for the world cup. Afghanistan is also looking forward to winning this match.
Prediction: My prediction is that Afghanistan will win the match with a fine margin.