ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan predicted XI against Afghanistan - One change expected
Enigmatic Pakistan will hope to continue their resurgent run while keeping complacency at bay when they play Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup in Leeds Saturday.Updated: Jun 29, 2019 10:16 IST
Enigmatic Pakistan will hope to continue their resurgent run while keeping complacency at bay when they play Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup in Leeds Saturday. Staring at a possible league stage elimination after three defeats and a washout, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa and New Zealand to keep their hopes alive. There were quite a few positives from the six-wicket victory over New Zealand, with Babar Azam’s century and Shaheen Afridi’s five-wicket haul being the most prominent ones.
Here is Pakistan predicted XI against Afghanistan:
Fakhar Zaman: Fakhar Zaman has scored 173 runs in 6 games, and is yet to showcase his talent in the big stage. The Afghanistan fixture could be the one where he blossoms, and gains confidence.
Imam-ul-Haq: Imam-ul-Haq has gone off to a start in almost every game, but has failed to convert it to big totals.
Babar Azam: Babar’s 10th one-day international century at Edgbaston on Wednesday -- his eighth in a winning cause -- has led to comparisons with Indian maestro Virat Kohli.
Mohammad Hafeez: In 7 overs, Mohammad Hafeez gave away just 22 runs, after starting the attack with the new ball. An old trick resurfacing for the side.
Haris Sohail: The inclusion of Harris Sohail at the expense of the miserably out-of-form Shoaib Malik has lent both stability and flair to Pakistan’s batting.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk): Sarfaraz Ahmed, despite facing criticisms from all corners, has shown his intent to prove the detractors wrong. If fielding improves, the side certainly will.
Imad Wasim: Imad Wasim has contributed with both bat and ball, but is far from his best yet.
Shadab Khan: Shadab Khan has been the best spin-bowling option for Pakistan among the limited options available in their arsenal.
Hasan Ali: The out of form Wahab Riaz, who gave away 55 runs without a wicket against the Kiwis, is likely to be replaced by Hasan Ali.
Mohammad Amir: Mohammad Amir has been the leader of the Pakistan spin bowling attack, and his partnership with Shaheen Afridi with the new ball has sparked up things.
Shaheen Afridi: Left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi has added firepower to their bowling that is led by Mohammad Amir.
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published: Jun 29, 2019 09:13 IST