Afghanistan and West Indies both will aim to finish their World Cup campaign with a win. Both teams have had a very dismal campaign. Windies had started well with a win over Pakistan and everybody thought that this is the resurgent West Indies. They played brilliant cricket that day. But after that, progressively they have gone from bad to worse.
In the match against India, they were bundled out for about 100 when India had scored around 270 against them. West Indies suffered a massive blow as Andre Russell was ruled out with an injury. Chris Gayle and Shai Hope have been inconsistent in the entire tournament. Nicholas Pooran scored a brilliant century against Sri Lanka. Great comeback from him after having a leg operation in 2015.
But West Indies need to go back to the drawing board. They need to find out their problems and solve them. They need to play as a team. This is what West Indies haven’t been able to do in this World Cup. India will go on a tour to West Indies after the World Cup when the Windies will have to regroup.
On the other hand, Afghanistan hasn’t lost to West Indies in the last four matches. This is a good record of Phil Simmons. They will look to sign off by beating the Windies. This is Phil Simmons’ last match as Afghanistan coach. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will look to leave their mark on the World Cup. Asghar Afghan will want to play well.
So all said and done, Afghanistan has the motivation to play well and end the tournament on a high. But I think that as this is Chris Gayle’s last match in the World Cup, he will somehow take West Indies to a victory.
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