ICC World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan's battle with Smith one to watch out for

Rashid Khan could outfox Smith in his return to international cricket.
ICC World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan's battle with Smith one to watch out forICC World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan's battle with Smith one to watch out for
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The first Day/Night game of the World Cup will be staged between Australia and Afghanistan. The defending champions are the favourites for the trophy once again, while Afghanistan will look to make a mark and cause some upsets.

The clash between Rashid Khan and Steven Smith, returning after a ban, though is what fans will be eager to witness. 

With Imran Tahir being used in the first over of South Africa's World Cup opener against England, it might not be a surprise to see Rashid Khan follow the same path. Tahir had gotten a wicket off just his second ball, once again emphasizing how crucial wrist-spinners will be in the event. In Rashid, Afghanistan has one of the best in their ranks. 

In the event of David Warner's injury, all attention will be on Smith. Widely considered as one of the best batters in this era, he tends to struggle against the spinners - something which we witnessed in the IPL as well. 

With Rashid likely to get some drift on the ball, he could get the ball to move away or into him. Smith is often left perplexed when faced in such situations, and he might struggle to get under the bowler. Though the duo have never met in ODIs, they have played in the IPL, with the Afghan prevailing over him, dismissing him once with Smith batting at a strike rate of 72.73 against Rashid.

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