After losing their previous match against New Zealand Australia will face Afghanistan on the 4th of March at Perth. The match will start at 12.00 AM IST. With the pitch having extra bounce it will be a helpful for bowlers.
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Afghanistan who are playing their first world cup have impressed with their bowling. They have good bowlers like Shapoor Zadran, Hamad Hasan, Dawlat Zadran, Ashraf. The batting in the previous match against Scotland was bad as they lost wickets in the middle but Shenwari played an exceptionally well to register their first World Cup win. They need their batters and bowlers to perform as a unit if they have challenge the Australian team.
Australia has a formidable unit. They have a solid batting unit. The openers Finch and Warner are expected to give an aggressive start to the team, Smith has been in tremendous form. If Clarke is coming back as captain, one out of either Bailey or Watson has to replace him. In previous match they lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled for a low total of 151.
In Australia’s opening match Maxwell was in great hitting form scoring 66 runs off 40 balls to propel the score to 342 against England, Mitchell Marsh also is a good hitter and followed by Haddin who also can come down the order and hit some big hits. The bowling looks also good with the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazelwood in their ranks. Glenn Maxwell is the lone spinner. Mitchell Starc produced an inspiring spell but could not prevent Australia from losing. Against Afghanistan the bowling must produce the right results.
Previous World Cup encounters
It is their first encounter in World Cup
Australia is the favorites to win this match with ease. Australia will be aggressive and want to get 2 points for the team. Afghanistan on the other hand will be eager to just compete and just enjoy the game of cricket.
Key Players to watch out for
Afghanistan: Shapoor Zadran
Shapoor Zadran was the pick of bowlers in the last match against Scotland. He picked up 4 wickets and limited Scotland to a modest total of 210. With the pitch helpful for fast bowlers, role of Zadran will be important. His role is pick wickets at the start. He also scored the winning run against Scotland.
Australia: Mitchell Starc
In the match against NewZeleand where the target was paltry total of 152 Mitchell Starc produced an excellent spell of 6 wickets. He made the bowl swing and took important wickets to make the game an exciting one. Australia lost the match by 1 wicket but his spell was an outstanding one.
Possible Tean line-ups
Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mithcell Marsh, Brad Haddin (WK), Mithcell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood
Afghanistan XI: Javed Ahmedi, Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hasan, Mirwaiz Ashraf