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AFG vs AUS Build up, Highlights: Afghanistan elect to bat first

AFG vs AUS Build up, Highlights: Two World Cup 2019 matches scheduled on Saturday between New Zealand-Sri Lanka and Australia-Afghanistan.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 1, 2019 6:27:53 pm
World Cup 2019, AUS vs AFG ODI Practice Match Squad, Players List: Two matches on Saturday.

AFG vs AUS Build up, Highlights: Steve Smith and David Warner will seek redemption on the biggest stage as they re-launch their one-day international careers for Australia against Afghanistan on the same day. Warner was the top runscorer in the recent Indian Premier League while Smith struck a hundred in a warm-up victory against England last weekend. Afghanistan are only playing their second 50-over World Cup. Afghanistan’s rise from associate-nation status to cricket’s elite has been nothing short of a fairytale.

NZ vs SL Live Score, Updates

Meanwhile, New Zealand begin their World Cup 2019 campaign against Sri Lanka, a side that has slumped to ninth in the ODI rankings, in Cardiff on Saturday. The Black Caps have won the toss and opted to bowl first in their opening match.

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World Cup 2019, Australia vs Afghanistan: Build up

18:19 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Playing XI's

Afghanistan (Playing XI):

Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan

Australia (Playing XI):

Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

18:19 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Toss Time

Afghanistan have won the toss and opted to bat first. "Put runs on the board," says Gulbadin Naib as Afghanistan opt to bat to a loud cheer at Bristol.

17:13 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Nabi all warmed up
16:37 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Finch considers Zampa to open bowling

When asked about Adam Zampa bowling with the new ball, Finch said, “Absolutely. We’ve got a lot of great options. If there are two lefties in we’ve got Maxi and some great new-ball (fast) bowlers. But Zamps, he’s done it in the Big Bash quite a bit and T20s, he hasn’t done it for Australia as much but he did a great job the other day.”

16:11 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI

Afghanistan’s Probable XI: Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam

15:59 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Australia Predicted Playing XI

Australia’s Probable XI: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja/Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa

15:26 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Maxwell enjoys going head-to-head with Khan

“He is one of the most difficult bowlers I have faced," said Glenn Maxwell, who is arguably the best player of spin in the current Australian squad. But his comments on Afghanistan's leg-spinner Rashid Khan sum up the kind of aura the Afghan has managed to create in Australia. Maxwell believed the best way to approach him is by exercising caution. “At times I think I can pick him. For me, I feel like I don’t think I’m going to get out to him, while at the same time I don’t feel like I’m going to score much off him,” Maxwell said of Khan, who enjoyed a dreamy average of 16.02 at the Big Bash League.

14:55 (IST)01 Jun 2019
VIDEO: The Afghanistan story
14:37 (IST)01 Jun 2019

New Zealand win toss, opt to bowl against Sri Lanka. Follow further live updates as well as live cricket score of the match HERE

14:29 (IST)01 Jun 2019
An excited Maxwell
14:01 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Sri Lanka get much-needed pep talk from Sangakkara, Mahela

Dimuth Karunaratne said his struggling side has received timely advice from former greats including Kumar Sangakkara ahead of their World Cup opener against New Zealand.

13:26 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Afghanistan have become a tough opponent
13:04 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Match timings

While New Zealand clash with Sri Lanka at 3pm IST, Australia take on Afghanistan later in the evening at 6pm IST. 

12:43 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI

Sri Lanka Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isurua Udana, Nuwan Pradeep/Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga

12:36 (IST)01 Jun 2019
New Zealand Predicted Playing XI

NZ Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee/Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson

12:17 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Today's Highlight Prediction: Warner, Smith
11:39 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Rashid Khan’s smart deception: Back-of-the-hand leg spin

A self-confessed Shahid Afridi fanboy, some of the latter’s quirks have influenced Rashid Khan, like the brisk run-up and snap release. EXPLAINED

11:34 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Aussies versus sly Afghan spinners

Preview: In their opening World Cup game, Australia will have their hands full since Afghanistan will not be just banking on their talismanic leggie alone. They are bolstered by the presence of Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, two spinners who are vastly contrasting to Khan, but are equally proficient in their own right.

11:24 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Which team are you supporting?
11:23 (IST)01 Jun 2019
Sarfraz and Co: On a wing and a prayer

It doesn’t matter whether they win or lose but no other team make you grin and shake the head in disbelief like Pakistan. It’s the mindspace that allows Pakistan to forget and move on. It’s the mindspace that keeps producing more bad days. It’s the mindspace that makes the fans even sigh with a smile on bad days. Here is a glimpse of how Pakistan fans in the stadium reacted to their side's opening match