2019 Afghanistan vs West Indies (3 ODIs, 3 T20Is, 1 Test)

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Starts 12:30am AEDT. All three games in Lucknow, India.

Afghanistan must be hurting. Playing hosts to West Indies in their adopted home in India, their ODI campaign went so badly that the team's losing streak in the format extended to 12 by the end of the series. There's a mismatch in the philosophy of their batting (defensive) and bowling (attacking) units, and that gulf appears to have become deeper after the recent integration of a few young batsmen in the squad.

But T20Is are Afghanistan's best format. With a stockpile of mystery spinners and a batting unit that goes deep (if not always big) Afghanistan have made oppositions, especially when in the subcontinent, wary.

There's only one problem, though: they appear to have forgotten the art of winning.

Last month, they shared the tri-nation T20I series trophy in Bangladesh because of a washed-out final. Prior to the title clash, they had lost two in a row, to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

T20I defeats used to be rare for Afghanistan, back-to-back losses even more, but the only team since 2017 to hand them that fate in a bilateral series are West Indies.

Although the West Indies side that blanked Afghanistan 3-0 in 2017 is vastly different from the squad that is touring India currently, there are a few similarities. The side is rejuvenated under a new captain - Kieron Pollard - and the influx of a new set of cricketers after the latest Caribbean Premier League season gives them an opportunity to blindside Afghanistan since they have seen very little of these players.

What used to be Afghanistan's advantage earlier has now shifted away from them, and if the visitors can negate the spin threat Afghanistan possess, there's no reason why West Indies cannot top Afghanistan in the T20I series too.

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There are plenty of youngsters in both squads, and with the T20 World Cup only 12 months away, expect a few new faces in the XIs. West Indies, however, will be without Nicholas Pooran, who was handed a four-match ban for ball tampering in the ODI series.

Afghanistan (possible): 1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Javed Ahmadi, 4 Najibullah Zadran, 5 Asghar Afghan, 6 Gulbadin Naib, 7 Rashid Khan (capt), 8 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 9 Naveen-ul-Haq, 10 Sayed Shirzad, 11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman

West Indies (possible): 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Brandon King, 4 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 5 Sherfane Rutherford, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Khary Pierre, 9 Hayden Walsh Jr, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Sheldon Cottrell

 

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There were 3 ODIs before this which West Indies won 3-0.

Nicholas Pooran admitted deliberately ball-tampering and has been given a punishment of... 4 T20Is. Can't wait for the English to boo him relentlessly just like they did Dinesh Chandimal.
 

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Test has just started and West Indies have rather interestingly decided to bowl first given it is apparently a dustbowl and you'd think batting last will be a nightmare.
 

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7 wickets. Afghanistan is - obviously - still developing as a test nation so he'll have much tougher matches in the future, but nevertheless it's a great day for professional sport when a bloke of his stature puts in a shift like that.
 

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Would love to see Campbell get a score here. Has a rubbish first class record but genuinely seems to have the tools to be a good player, just rubbish at converting starts
 

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Those wickets from chase really rammed home the advantage.

Yeah it’s Afghanistan but another win away from home will do this group the world of good. To start beating the lower-mid teams like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, possibly even SA right at the moment, we have to get into a winning habit against the lower tier sides so this will help.
 

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Afghanistan's next Test match is the 1-match series here next November. What hope do they have with so little game time?
 

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