Mon, 18 Nov 2019

CPL's best brace for Afghanistan spin barrage

ESPNCricInfo
05 Nov 2019, 18:42 GMT+10

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In the spotlight

In a world that's mean to fingerspinners, Mohammad Nabi still thrives with old-school flight, drift, and deceptive changes in pace. His big-hitting has been central to the middle order, as he demonstrated recently against Zimbabwe's Tendai Chatara in Bangladesh.

Hayden Walsh Jr. is a purveyor of the more glamorous variety of spin - wristspin - and had lit up the CPL with 22 wickets, despite playing just nine games. Watch out for his skiddy wrong'uns and electric athletic interventions in the field.

Team news

Afghanistan are set to unleash their three spinners on West Indies, which could leave former captain Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Karim Janat and Yamin Ahmadzai tussling for three seam-bowling spots.

Afghanistan (possible): 1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Javed Ahmadi, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Asghar Afghan, 7 Mohammad Nabi, 8 Gulbadin Naib, 9 Rashid Khan (capt), 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Karim Janat/Yamin Ahmadzai

Afghanistan could potentially have six right-handed batsmen in their top nine, so West Indies could consider picking Walsh Jr. and Kharry Pierre, both of whom take the ball away from them. It remains to be seen if King and Shepherd make their international debuts on Wednesday. With Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen and Kemar Roach not part of the squad for the Afghanistan ODIs, West Indies will make at least four changes to the team that played against India in the Caribbean.

West Indies (possible): 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Shai Hope (wk), 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Nicholas Pooran 5 Roston Chase/Brandon King, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Keemo Paul, 9 Romario Shepherd/Sheldon Cottrell, 10 Khary Pierre, 11 Hayden Walsh Jr.

Pitch and conditions

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium has hosted only international so far, and West Indies were part of that last year against India. The track in Lucknow might assist spin as the game wears on.

Stats and trivia

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