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West Indies vs Afghanistan build-up: Afghanistan aim to secure maiden victory

World Cup 2019, West Indies vs Afghanistan (WI vs AFG): Both the nations are already out of the semi-final race and will play their final league fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019.

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West Indies will take on Afghanistan. (Reuters)

World Cup 2019, West Indies vs Afghanistan (WI vs AFG): After going down in all their league fixtures, Afghanistan will look to earn a solitary victory when they lock horns with West Indies on Thursday. Both the nations are already out of the semi-final race and will play their final league fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019.  After their major upset over Pakistan in their first match,  West Indies failed to make an impact in their other fixtures and lost seven matches in a row. The Caribbean side have entertained as they always do with close games against New Zealand and Australia.

West Indies will enter the match as favorites but Afghanistan have been known to negate batting fire with their spin. The match will be played on the ground that featured Pakistan and Afghanistan so one can expect assistance for spinners. Interestingly, Chris Gayle is just 18 runs away from surpassing Brian Lara’s record leading run-scorer for West Indies in ODIs.

 

Live Blog

West Indies vs Afghanistan build-up:

TOSS!

West Indies win toss, elect to bat first

Can Afghanistan make it three?

Afghanistan defeated a star-studded West Indian side comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, and Shai Hope twice in the World Cup qualifiers, held in Harare last year. 

Leeds weather Forecast

Clouds can be expected at the venue on Thursday, but rain is not expected to bring about any interruptions. [READ MORE]

Psychological advantage with Afghanistan against West Indies

With both teams out of the semifinal race, Afghanistan will have the psychological advantage when they continue the search for their maiden victory in the World Cup against West Indies, who are looking to restore pride, here Thursday. [PREVIEW] 

Hello and Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the match between West Indies and Afghanistan. Both the nations are already out of the semi-final race and will play their final league fixture of the ICC World Cup 2019.  West Indies will enter the match as favorites but Afghanistan have been known to negate batting fire with their spin. 

Probable XI:

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Sunil Ambris/Darren Bravo, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Ashley Nurse/Shannon Gabriel

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman