Enigmatic Pakistan will hope to continue their resurgent run while keeping complacency at bay when they play Afghanistan in the ICC World Cup in Leeds on Saturday. Staring at a possible league stage elimination after three defeats and a washout, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa and New Zealand to keep their hopes alive.
A couple of losses for hosts England only brightened the 1992 winners’ prospects of a semifinal berth. There were quite a few positives from the six-wicket victory over New Zealand, with Babar Azam’s century and Shaheen Afridi’s five-wicket haul being the most prominent ones.
Where is Pakistan vs Afghanistan match of ICC World Cup 2019 taking place?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan World Cup match will take place at Headingley, Leeds.
At what time does the Pakistan vs Afghanistan match of ICC World Cup 2019 begin?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan World Cup match begins at 3 pm IST on Saturday (June 29).
Where and how to watch live coverage of Pakistan vs Afghanistan match of ICC World Cup 2019?
The Pakistan vs Afghanistan match will be aired live on Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 1.
How to watch Pakistan vs Afghanistan World Cup match online?
The online streaming of the Pakistan vs Afghanistan World Cup match will be available at Hotstar.
With Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka still in contention for a semifinal spot, this match will be crucial for the hopes of the Men in Green. The team is currently at the sixth spot with three wins and three losses from seven matches and can sneak through to the semifinals if they win both of their last two matches.
Afghanistan will like to return from the World Cup with at least one win and they will certainly eye this encounter for a potential victory.
Babar Azam hogged the limelight in the last game against New Zealand as Pakistan inflicted their first loss of the tournament on New Zealand. Azam played a knock of unbeaten 101 to back up his hands of 48 and 69. With 333 runs, he has a healthy average of 66 in the World Cup till now.
Azam was ably assisted by Haris Sohail who has now slammed back to back half-centuries. Mohammad Amir had an off-day in the last match but will continue to lead Pakistan’s bowling attack along with Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan.
Afghanistan have suffered another setback as Aftab Alam has been ruled out of the World Cup. Skipper Gulbadin Naib will open the batting for the side along with Rahmat Shah, with Hashmatullah Shahidi and Mohammad Nabi slotted in the middle order.
With the ball, spinners Rashid Khan Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will remain the biggest threat for Pakistan. Mujeeb will take the new ball along with pacer Dawlat Zadran.
Let’s have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Pakistan– Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c,wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Afghanistan– Gulbadin Naib (c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman