Pakistan vs Afghanistan ICC World Cup Match Preview: Match Details, Squads, Recent Form, Head to Head, Stats

Pakistan will look to beat Afghanistan and increase their chances of securing a spot in the semis. Here is all you need to know going into this encounter
Pakistan vs Afghanistan ICC World Cup Match Preview: Match Details, Squads, Recent Form, Head to Head, StatsPakistan vs Afghanistan ICC World Cup Match Preview: Match Details, Squads, Recent Form, Head to Head, Stats
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The 36th game of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see Pakistan battle it out with qualifiers Afghanistan. After the thrashing against India, Pakistan has bounced back to defeat South Africa and New Zealand in successive games to keep their hopes alive. With games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh, they now have a realistic chance of securing a spot in the top four. The addition of Harris Sohail has lent Pakistan side the much needed firepower in the middle-order. Their bowling too looks stable with the likes of Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi picking up wickets at crucial junctures.

Afghanistan on the other hand, has failed to win a single game in this tournament and are languishing at the bottom of the table. Barring the game against India at Rose Bowl, they have failed to put up spirited performances that could win them matches. Constant chopping and changing of the players has not helped the cause either.

Match Details:

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Time: The match will begin at 15.00 HRS IST and the toss will happen at 14.30 HRS IST.

Telecast Details: The match will be telecast on the Star Sports Network and will be live streamed on Hotstar.

Squads:

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib(c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Imam Ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Hasnain

Recent Form:

Pakistan: Won, Won, Lost, Lost, No Result

Afghanistan: Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost, Lost

Head to Head Stats:

In ODIs: Played-3, Pakistan-3

Previous encounter: Pakistan won by 3 wickets at Abu Dhabi on 21st Sep 2018.

In World Cups: Pakistan are yet to face Afghanistan in a World Cup game.

Venue Stats:

Highest total: 351 for 9 by England against Pakistan on 19th May 2019.

Lowest total: 93 by England against Australia on 18th June 1975.

Avg first innings score: 226

Avg second innings score: 207

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