Laster year this time you might have said that Australians are clearly out of the contention for world cup despite being defending champions. But you cannot keep the champions out for a long period of time as they peaked at the right time. Series victories against India and Pakistan along with the return of their stalwarts Smith and Warner made them a team to best in this world cup. No need to talk about their bowling and fielding as it will get only better as the tournament progress.

Afghanistan on the other hand is relatively an inexperienced side as they have played most of the matches against associate nations and lower ranked Zimbabwe and Ireland. The emergence of young champions in the name of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb will add a much-needed boost to the side. They have a vast amount of experience by playing professional t20 leagues across the globe. No matter they are a real spin threat to any team. Along with these players experienced hands like Mohammed Nabi and Mohammed Shehzad adds value to the team. So you cannot take Afghanistan lightly and Aussies will face the major spin threat in the series opener against Afghanistan today.

Team statistics:

Both the teams have met each other only on 2 occasions and Australia emerged victorious in both the occasions. Since both the teams have not got much past history so match brings some expectation how these two teams going to play today. Australia would keen emerge victoriously and post an early lead in the tournament but Afghanistan another hand they will make use of Australia’s vulnerability to spin and wants to seal a victory. So Australia needs to be more cautious otherwise they will have to start their world cup campaign in losing streak.

Expected playing X1:


Finch(capt),warner, steve smith, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey Marcus Stonis, Glenn Maxwell. Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa and Nathan coulter Nile.


Gulbadin Naib(capt), Mohammed Shahzad,  Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Key players to watch out for:

Rashid Khan:

Currently ranked no.3 in world cricket rankings Rashid Khan is the player to watch out for in this tournament. Though he is just 20 he has gained vast experience in playing professional t20 leagues across the globe. He will keep those experience in hand and will look to took as many wickets to ease his team’s winning chance.

Mohammed Nabi:

Mohammed Nabi is one of the vastly experienced players in the squad. Afghans will be looking for his all-round performance to emerge victoriously and he has got all the capabilities to win matches single-handedly.


Steve Smith:

He is one of the very few Aussies who can play spin better. With Afganistan having highly talented spinners in their ranks Steve smith has got a huge role to play in order to stay away from the upset.

Pat Cummins:

He is one of the major reasons for Australia’s success in recent years. Highly talented fast bowling all-rounder can be a handy batsman lower down the order and can post the biggest threat with his ability to swing in both the ways along with his pace.

If Australia can able to tackle spin they can easily emerge victorious.

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