Australia and Afghanistan are set to battle it out in the fourth fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the County Ground, Bristol. Australia must be beaming with confidence after beating England in their last warm-up game while Afghanistan can be a dark horse in this edition of the World Cup. Both the teams will be looking for clinical performance and open their World Cup account with a victory.

Australia has been a decent side after finding their feet in the limited-over cricket under Aaron Finch. With two back-to-back away series triumph against India and Pakistan, the Kangaroos arrived in England with a lot of confidence and anticipation. The Australian squad looks more dangerous with the comeback of David Warner and Steve Smith. However, their bowling lineup might be the weakling as they lack variety in their attack. The reigning champions would be eyeing to dominate the tie when they take on Afghanistan in their opening match.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, has been the most revamped outfit currently in the cricketing world. Their victory against Pakistan proved yet again that Afghanistan can outplay any team on their day. In their second World Cup appearance, the Asian outfit will look to open their account against the defending champions. With match winners like Md. Shahzad, Rashid Khan, and Md. Nabi in their ranks, Afghanistan would be hoping to upset the Kangaroos tomorrow in their World Cup opener.

 

Match Details

 

Date: Saturday, 1st June 2019

Time: 06:00 PM IST

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

  

Venue Stats

 

Avg 1st Innings score: 244

Avg 2nd Innings score: 216

Highest Total: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAW

Lowest Total: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs Eng

Highest Chased: 359/4 (44.5 Ov) by Eng vs PAK

Lowest Defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs Eng

 

 

Team News

 

Afghanistan

  • Gulbadin Naib will lead the side for the first time in such a massive tournament.
  • Hazratullah Zazai and Md. Shahzad will open the innings with the bat for the Afghans.

Australia

  • Shaun Marsh can be left out while Usman Khwaja will bat at number three.
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile might replace Kane Richardson in the starting lineup.

 

Squads

 

Afghanistan

Gulbadin Naib (C), Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Australia

Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

 

Key players

 

Afghanistan

  • Md. Shezad
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Rashid Khan

Australia

  • David Warner
  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Pat Cummins

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Afghanistan

Md. Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Md. Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur  Rahman, Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran

Australia

 David Warner, Aaron Finch, Usman Khwaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon