High on confidence after defeating Pakistan in their warm-up game, Afghanistan will Saturday face a stiff challenge from defending champions Australia in their first match of ICC World Cup 2019 at the County Ground in Bristol. While one would say Australia is the clear favourite to win the encounter, it would be highly consequential to treat Afghanistan as underdog. The resurgent Asian team has the ability and players to defeat any side. With quality spinners like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahaman, who can change the game in no time. They do have some power hitters as well as quality batsmen who, if able to sustain big event pressure, can single handily win the match for their team. Australia, on the other hand, would walk in with more confidence after the return David Warner and Steve Smith. The duo, suspended for one year over ball tempering incident during a match against South Africa, have shown great form in the IPL 2019. Australia will also be high on confidence after defeating host and tournament favourites England in their warm-up game.
Here we bring you the Dream11 Fantasy team based on the stats of the players:
Afghanistan squad to choose from:
Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Australia Squad to choose from:
Aaron Finch(C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson
Afghanistan vs Australia, Dream 11 Fantasy team
Mohammad Shahzad, David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Hazratullah Zazai, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc
Afghanistan vs Australia, Dream 11 Fantasy team Captain and Vice-Captain
The selection of the captain and vice-captain in a fantasy team depends on the toss. If Australia wins the toss, David Warner can be made the captain of the team, given his current form and the fact that Afghanistan’s pacers do lack speed and experience. In this scenario, we are expecting a 300 plus total and vice-captain in that case could be Mohammad Nabi. Nabi is an all-rounder. He is a genuine wicket taker and can play big hits if the need arises. In scenario two, if Afghanistan bat first, they would like to score enough runs on board that their bowlers can defend. In that case, their opener Mohammad Shahzad would make the difference. Steve Smith at number 3 would make a good vice-captain.
Dream 11 fantasy cricket team if Australia bat first: Mohammad Shahzad, David Warner (C), Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Hazratullah Zazai, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi (VC), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc
Dream 11 fantasy cricket team if Afghanistan bat first: Mohammad Shahzad (C), David Warner, Steve Smith (VC), Usman Khawaja, Hazratullah Zazai, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi (VC), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc
Match Details: Date, Timing and Venue
Afghanistan vs Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Match 4
June 1, 2019, 6:00 PM IST
County Ground, Bristol.