Afghanistan have despite themselves
The Afghans shifted their captain, have dropped out behind the scenes and have come so close to taking large scalps. It begs the question’what would they have achieved amidst perfect unity?’ They’ve endured eight straight defeats nevertheless there is something noteworthy about this Afghan side. They were nowhere in world cricket a long time ago and have increased the ranks to take their seat at the top table. From the next World Cup in India they will probably be far more of a force.
They took down India, were on the brink of victory against Pakistan in their last game and all of their nearlies came after being chased for 17 sixes by England captain Eoin Morgan. They’ve stuck to their task, seem to be learning lessons and will ultimnately be better for the experience. When in the heat of conflict they have lost the one percenters, shown their inexperience and neglected to get online. But they’re getting nearer.
Inexperienced skipper Gulbadin Naib has made a few poor decisions and yet they input their final game desperate to take a victory home. Mohammad Nabi (9) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (7) have set the highly regarded Rashid Khan (5) in the shade and could play a big role at a Headingley that took spin last time out.
It might have been much different for West Indies
West Indies have a single win and a no result from their eight matches. That win came into their opening match against Pakistan and lots of people’s (like mine) pre-tournament outside picks to reach exactly the semi-finals have defeated. If they had taken advantage of controlling the early phases against Australia, if Carlos Brathwaite’s breathtaking century hadn’t fallen inches short of beating New Zealand, when the rain hadn’t intervened when they were on top against South Africa, whenever they had batted slightly better against Sri Lanka — well you get the picture — it’s so close and yet so far.
Sheldon Cottrell has been a star on and off the pitch with 12 wickets and as numerous salutes in eight matches. Captain Jason Holder and young fast bowler Oshane Thomas have eight wickets apiece. They have been somewhat one-dimensional in the field.
Nobody would begrudge the Afghans their win
There’s simply no way Afghanistan ought to be priced as rank outsiders at 4.50 against a West Indies side which have only ever beaten them once in five efforts. They met twice in the qualification tournament for this World Cup in which the Afghans won by three wickets and seven wickets.Hashmatullah Shahidi (197) is 4/1, Najubullah Zadran (199) 11/1 and Rahmat Shah (192) 7/2 are Afghanistan’s top run-scorers at a marketplace for Top Afghanistan Batsman that is remarkably open. Hazratullah Zazai has to arrive at the party and could be a drama at 7/2. But the value us with Najubullah using a half-stakes nibble at 11/1.
Goodbye Universe Boss
Chris Gayle will perform is last World Cup innings for West Indies at Headingley and should you prefer the fairytale finish story he’s 13/5 to be his side’s top scorer, but that wouldn’t be my play.
Nicholas Pooran is a child who is going to be the bedrock of the nation’s batting for some time along with also his 118 from 103 balls against Sri Lanka showed why Yorkshire have signed him to play during this summertime T20 Blast. So he will walk out at his new county house floor intent on adding to his own 309 World Cup runs. Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope all bring adequate credentials but Pooran is your play at an incredibly generous 6/1.
Man of the Match markets intriguing
The Man of the Match markets have provided excellent value for a couple of entertaining nibbles throughout the tournament. Pick a couple players with the capability of swinging the game and play half-stakes. My three for this one, averting the above selections in the top batting order markets to cover more bases, are Chris Gayle 7/1, Shimron Hetmyer 12/1 and Rashid Khan 12/1.
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